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Lauded Winemaker’s University of Arizona Connection

Winemaker’s University of Arizona Connection

In the early 2000s, Dave Phinney took the wine industry by storm with the launch of Prisoner. After selling the label in 2008, a non-compete kept him from making a new zinfandel for eight years.

Now back at it, his Orin Swift Cellars (named for his father’s middle name and mom’s maiden name) has triumphantly released 8 Years in the Desert. A success several times over, one might not guess where he got his start: at UArizona. Phinney was a Wildcat in the mid-1990s. He even planted his first experimental grapes in Tucson with the help of an agriculture professor.

The Arizona 100 reports

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