Orin Swift Cellars
Orin Swift is - in a word - artistic. When you walk in, you immediately feel that vibe. The tasting room is long and narrow, with an original stone wall from the 1800s behind the bar and a mosiac of wood strips opposite the bar. There is minimal distraction here, the focus is the wines.
The artistic flair of Orin Swift thrives in its subtly. Many of the art pieces framed in their space are also used on wine bottle labels and each has a story, even using imagery from famous artists like Francisco Goya in the past. Their name has a history from founder and winemaker Dave Phinney - Orin is his father's middle name and Swift is his mother's maiden name.
I think what I like most about this space is - its simply different. It has great wines and unique style. It's also nestled into downtown St. Helena where you could easily spend a day walking around to shop, sip and eat. This isn't a space where you'll spend the whole day, but it is certainly memorable.
Hours: 11am-5pm Sunday - Thursday, 10am-5pm Friday & Saturday
Tasting fee: $15-25
Hot Tips: The $15 tastings come in either the Heads or Tails list. If you're with another person - get one of each and share! Groups larger than 6, call for availability.
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