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blend, california, charbono, grenache, napa, red, sauvignon, sirah -

The Prisoner truly is... “one of a kind”. When Dave Phinney (founder) launched the wine in 2003, there really was no other wine like it. Inspired and created by the drinkable “mixed blacks” first made by the Italian immigrants who originally settled in the Napa Valley, it was innovative and unique. In the late '90s a handful of Napa producers took an interest in making this style of wine. The blend soon began to incorporate not only Zinfandel, but also Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Charbono, and Grenache. Orin Swift 2010 "The Prisoner" is aged in a combination of new...

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35 maple street, botanicals, california, G&T, GANDT, gin, tonic, uncle val's, wow -

It’s great to have an uncle in the business…         And if the business is gin, then Uncle Val is the best uncle anyone could ever ask for.  We were recently introduced to Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin, from a small California distillery called 35 Maple Street and, WOW! Having, as I do, a strong preference for traditional London dry gins, I was skeptical about a gin bearing a label that promised, in big, fancy letters, a healthy dose of botanicals.  But from the moment I uncorked the bottle, I found Uncle Val’s to be unlike any...

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