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Magazine Archives: April 30, 2014

Making It Look Easy

Winemaker Dave Phinney, creator of The Prisoner, has plenty more in the pipeline
MaryAnn Worobiec
Issue: April 30, 2014


Dave Phinney can make winemaking seem almost effortless. His first wine, The Prisoner, debuted with the 2000 vintage and rocketed to success. A blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and small percentages of Syrah and Charbono, wasn't meticulously planned—as a fledgling winemaker, Phinney used what grapes were available to him. He made 385 cases the first year, labeling it with a Goya etching his parents had given him and selling it for $25 a bottle. The brand hit shelves just as Zinfandel was experiencing a resurgence in popularity. Wine Spectator's MaryAnn Worobiec explains.


For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands March 17, 2014.


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