Caine Thompson
Wine reviews
22 May 2017

From Corsica To California–Exploring New Locations Wine

Dave Phinney’s line of Locations wine have a simple concept: to make the best possible wine from a given country or location. We explore two new Locations.

They Both Start With “C”

We’ve become fans of the Locations wine produced by Dave Phinney. He’s taken a gargantuan task – capturing grapes from the best locations across a given country or region – and managed to bottle it. In order to bring his vision into reality, he had to contend with wine regulations which often constrain grape varieties, yields and production methods in order to deliver a wine with a taste specific to that sometimes tiny appellation. His goal was to travel throughout a country like France and find growers with great old vines to create a wine representative of the whole nation.

So, in order to pursue his winemaking freedom, he broke the rules and thousands of years of history and tradition. We’re glad he did.

The wines from Italy, France and Spain were featured in a recent virtual tasting with Phinney. These three blends represent the core of the Locations lines. Each is outstanding – but the Spanish red, a blend of Garnacha, Tempranillo, Monastrell and Cariñena is our favorite by a nose.

We recently popped up a pair of Locations white wines: one from Corsica and the other from California.