California in pictures: Napa and Lodi

During our California tour we got to try a couple of wines from renegade vintner Dave Phinney of Orin Swift, which Gallo cannily acquired in 2016. The first, a white called Mannequin, made from Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat from Sonoma and Atlas Peak, boasts a slightly terrifying label of amputated shop dummies. The photo on the label, inspired by the Nicki Minaj song Mannequin Challenge, was shot by photographer Greg Gorman and took over 500 shots to get right.

No less spooky but equally delicious was Phinney’s Napa Valley red blend Palermo, made from Cabernet, Merlot and Malbec, which sports a label of a skeleton of a dead Capuchin priest taken by National Geographic photographer Vincent J. Musti in a 16th century catacomb in Sicily.

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