Creative Force

Dave Phinney, the mind behind The Prisoner Wine Co. and other innovative projects, keeps raising the bar

Creative Force
The entrepreneur and founder of several influential California wine brands is expanding his vision to e-commerce and hospitality companies, waterfront redevelopment and more. (Margaret Pattillo)
From the Jun 30, 2022, issue

Dave Phinney is best-known as the mind behind The Prisoner and Orin Swift. He has a knack for creating wines that get people excited—with memorable labels, unusual names, attractive prices and, most importantly, high quality in the bottle. His ideas are provocative, innovative and a bit disruptive.

That means mixing art and wine in new ways and expanding beyond wine—into spirits, spritzers, tea and even real estate development projects that include associations with people that inspire him. In some ventures, wine is just a backdrop for his creativity. Learn more about what he's done and what he's up to next!

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