How so? In all the time that I have been doing this blog, I can’t remember (that leaves a lot open) a time when I had a piece every day for a week straight (weekdays only – how that makes a difference as I’m retired, I’m not sure). Starting with my usual “Wine of the Week” on Monday, followed by a scathing (for effect) “Wine Tasting Tell All” on Tuesday, then on to my blog post on Wednesday and my self-confused issue of buying multiple bottles of wine, Thursday’s issue of “Wine-Sum-More” and then…NOTHING!
I couldn’t let that happen. The one column I didn’t have the ability to create was “Meet the Winemaker.” Ah, but then!!! Meaning no disrespect, but “manna from Heaven” reached me. While searching for stories, tastings and the like, I ran across an announcement that a local wine shop would be hosting a very prestigious winemaker; the person responsible for creating one of the most iconic wines in recent times; THE PRISONER! Yes, Dave Phinney himself would be coming to town.
Perfect! I can’t yet write about actually meeting Dave (I call him that as I feel I know him so well), but just the prospect of meeting him has given me the necessary boost to write about the upcoming meeting and a perfect reason to complete this week with a “Meet the Winemaker” segment. This is a two-fer, I’ll write again AFTER the meeting.
Not wanting to alienate any other winemakers out there, I am always honored and pleased to meet others that have, and will continue to have, an impact in the wine biz. But come on; Dave freakin Phinney!
Of all the winemakers and their wines that are out there, I would not hesitate to say that it is quite possible that I have drunk more of his wines than anyone else’s. Predominately because of his early portfolio of wines made under the Orin Swift name. First, and foremost, The Prisoner, can’t tell you how many vintages I’ve had there since its introduction. Then onto some of the most notable wines for me; Abstract, Mercury Head, Palermo, Papillon, and Veladora (that’s his Sauvignon Blanc - couldn’t miss that one). Reaching further into his repertoire with his Locations wines and entry into spirits. I was there with the release of the inaugural vintage of G.B. Crane Vineyard 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon and other wines from The Crane Assembly, can’t forget about the return to Zinfandel with his Eight Years in the Desert wine, even did a post about both! Awaiting eagerly his most recent venture to develop a vineyard of his own on the eastern hills of the Napa Valley, Bloodlines Vineyard off Soda Canyon Road!
Suffice to say, this is about as close as I get to meet one of the “Rock Stars” of wine. ALTHOUGH, I hope that it is not and I have the opportunity to gush over my next meeting with other winemakers, who knows, any of them could be the next “Rock Star.”