Orin Swift Cellars

(707) 967-9179 PO Box 475
Rutherford, CA 94573
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Orin Swift Cellars is the realization of a dream that began while studying abroad at the University of Florence in Florence, Italy. Like so many other college students I was at odds with what to do upon graduation. Fortunately for me, my roommate at the time was from an old wine family in the Sonoma valley and he had a great suggestion: "Why not get into the wine business? You seem to like wine." In truth, I did enjoy wine and even more, I enjoyed the idea of what I perceived to be an honorable and honest profession. Having just finished an internship for a congressman the previous semester, the latter was very important to me. When I returned to the States, I tried to immerse myself in all aspects of the wine business, which is no easy task being in the middle of the desert at the University of Arizona. As luck would have it, I found a professor in the agriculture department who was also interested in growing grapes and in the spring of 1997 the University planted a one-acre experimental Read more »

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  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Vermentino

    History of the grape: Little concrete history is known about Vermentino except that it has recently been identified a...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

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  • Perhaps we could use a place to share recent purchases...Here are some '12 Burlotto Langhe Nebbiolo, which came highly recommended from a trusted friend who just got back from a month in Italy. I'm not seeing many available in the States quite yet, but was happy to find these locally. Read More

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  • Orin Swift Papillon 2011


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  • Orin Swift Blindfold 2012


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  • Orin Swift D 66 des Cotes Catalanes 2011


    A fantastic Grenache from Orin Swift. Very dark color. Oak, smoke, tobacco, and deep dark fruit on the palate. Long finish, with an exquisite mouthfeel and superb balance. Everything I was hoping git would be. Read More

    Wine review by pboss

  • Orin Swift Locations E2 ' 2012


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  • Ch Beaucastel Chat du Pape 2007


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  • Orin Swift the Prisoner 2012


    The nose is a pleasant blend of red fruit, strawberries, plum, green grass and tar. The taste is very jammy up front, with rich fruit, plum, blackberry and strawberry that transitioned to some dusty limestone and smoke midpalate. The finish was smooth and very dry, with a smoky accent that lingered for a good while. See the full review on my bl... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

  • Orin Swift Blindfold 2012


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  • I'm a fairly new "snoother" if that term is correct and just beginning to learn more about wine. I've been reading and researching wines for about a year and a half now, but recently have been trying a variety of wine (I turned 21 last March.) I drink exclusively red wines and my favorite come from California, particularly Napa, and Spain. I lov... Read More

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  • Orin Swift Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Papillon 2006


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