Phinney and Friends

Dave Phinney's collaborations beyond wine include a Bourbon and tea venture with Scottie Pippen, a premium seltzer and a fried chicken franchise

Phinney and Friends
Dave Phinney (right) and NBA legend Scottie Pippen worked together to create Digits Bourbon, as well as a limited-release, Bourbon barrel–aged tea. (Brent Miller)
From the Jun 30, 2022, issue

Dave Phinney has plenty of interests beyond wine. He expresses them through a multitude of business ventures united by his creative drive. With a lot of the projects, he explains, “there’s either a personal connection to me, or somebody does work that I admire.”

Each project seems to springboard him to another. After spending so much time in Vallejo and developing Mare Island there, he ended up owning the Vallejo Admirals, an independent professional baseball team. A plot of his land needed some walnut trees cleared—now he’s aging the wood to put into a high-end shotgun project. Another piece of land led to raising cattle—he’s feeding them grape pomace, to see how it can affect the taste of the meat, and looking into artisanal leather crafting. Read about more collaborations, including a premium seltzer and Bourbon-barrel aged tea, that let Phinney’s creativity shine.

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