The stories behind Orin Swift’s quirkiest wine labels

China Doll

Phinney’s China Doll label has echoes of Mannequin, but is perhaps even more sinister. Keen to give a new life to discarded things, Phinney chanced upon the tiny broken porcelain doll in the photo – a remnant of an excavated doll factory outside Berlin – at the Bone Room curiosity shop in Berkeley.

The pale pink colour of the doll served as the inspiration for the shade of rosé he wanted to create from Syrah and Grenache grown in the Capay Valley. “Delicate and fragile, like the doll on the label, the wine exudes the strawberry shortcake, wild raspberry and crisp Pink Lady apple characteristics that make rosé perfect for almost any occasion,” says Phinney.

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