Swanson Vineyards and Winery

7079673500 1271 Manley Lane
Rutherford, CA 94573
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The Swanson products and philosophy celebrate decadence with a wink -- the sublime mixing of the high with the low. We glorify day-to-day living by introducing luxury products that were once considered stuffy and intimidating in a delightful and accessible manner. We encourage you to plop ice cubes in your glass of Rosato during the summertime; savor the naughty combination of chocolate bonbons with estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon; or serve American caviar and potato chips with Pinot Grigio -- just because you want to.

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • Day 3, just when you thought it couldn't get any better. Yesterday was a hell of a day, great wine, great people and a lot of fun. Today we headed over the hill to the "other side" where we met up with Robin Akhurst, winemaker extraordinaire and just an all around great guy. We met Robin two years ago thru no other than our favorite local expert... Read More

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  • The CFO and I and four others are back in CA doing a weeks worth of tasting.  Today is the Sonoma Barrel tasting to be followed by a couple more days in Sonoma and two days in Napa. Reports to follow. Read More

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  • Swanson Oakville Merlot 2012


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    Wine review by Dave Mooty

  • Robin is now the head winemaker at Swanson, where I would like to go visit him.  They have excellent vineyards and his breath-of-fresh-air presence will probably jolt the label up to new heights.On your Dry Creek list, I'd consider dropping Murphy-Goode and Dry Creek if you want to avoid big/corporate.  M-G is now owned by Kendall Jackson.  Stil... Read More

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  • Hi everyone.  This is my first post on the boards.  My wife and I are doing a long weekend in Healdsburg (Jan 15-17) and Yountville (Jan 17-19) over MLK weekend and were looking for some recommendations on wineries to visit.  We tend to like more full bodied red wines, but are open to other wines as well. We are from New York and want to focus o... Read More

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  • Robin recently took the winemaking position at Swanson Vineyards in Oakville and I stopped by yesterday to pay him a visit. It was the first time I had been to Swanson which was started by the frozen foods Swanson's back in 1985. Situated on their Estate of 100 acres of Cabernet and Merlot just off Hwy 29 it's easy to find. I drove past the tast... Read More

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  • Swanson Alexis Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2009


    Lots of complex flavors Read More

    Wine review by ehastie

  • Swanson Merlot Oakville 2010


    Good, smokey Read More

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  • Swanson Vineyards Pinot Grigio 2011


    Don't love Pinot Read More

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  • Swanson Rosé Blend Oakville Rosato NV


    Not too sweet. Smooth. Read More

    Wine review by ehastie

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  • Excellent wines. Love the Pinot Grigio. Also Alexis 2003 is divine.

    Comment by 120411maryjeandc 120411 maryjeandc

  • This winery excells where so many others fail: it's friendly (OMG)!, it's elegant and quite and ultimately private if you go for a tasting (they see a spartan few via reservation each day). Looking for a superior wine under $40? Try their merlot.

    Comment by 348341sirbrian 348341 sirbrian

  • Most intimate and memorable tasting experience in the Napa Valley. Aside from Chris Phelps' delightful Bordeauxs, Swanson's Marco Capelli assists in an amazing line up of dessert wines. Go there and ask for the "Crepiscule." Trust me!

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