As a kid growing up off and on in Bristol, England, I have fond memories of waking up and being the first to grab the ice cold glass bottles of milk from the front steps. Groggy eyed, my brother and I would try and muster the dexterity to pull off the thin tin caps without ripping them in half. Every other day or so, the empty bottles would be placed back in their metal carrier and put out on the steps to be exchanged before dawn. No matter what time my brother or I got up, we were never earlier than the Milk Run.
We have also been told by our friends who live in ski-towns across the West that ‘Milk Run’ is a term often used by locals to define getting the first and often the best run of the day.
Milk Run Club is a nod to all of those who rise early to get there first and to those who just get it first.
Thanks to your continued support, it has become harder for us to keep up with the demand for our wines. In an effort to ensure that you will be some of the first to enjoy Orin Swift releases before they sell through, we offer the “Milk Run”.
Club Members are welcome to stop by our tasting room in downtown St. Helena for free current release tastings. Orin Swift will also host an annual party exclusively for the Milk Run Club.
Thank you for your consideration.
Dave Phinney and the staff at OSC
Cost of Membership is based on the release price of the wines chosen, and shipping will be set at a preferred flat rate which applies to all future purchases*.
To join Milk Run please contact our wine club department, or sign up below.
Consisting of 6 or 12 bottle allotments, the Milk Run Wine Club is the best way to guarantee delivery of your favorite Orin Swift wine(s) once per year. You choose the wine(s) you would like to receive, and we will secure your shipment of the new vintage release annually. As a Milk Run member all of your shipments will include a preferred flat-rate shipping charge, plus applicable taxes. See more club specifics below.
If you would like to sign up for multiple allotments of Milk Run please join each level individually.
8 Years in the Desert
Being stranded in a desert leaves a lot to be desired — how to get back home, where to find food, water and shelter, and thoughts of survival. For eight years in the early 2010s, Orin Swift Cellars was barred from making any Zinfandel wines. From the grape that started everything OSC, the ‘desert’ gave us an opportunity to explore the diverse range of California’s grape varietals. But, as soon as those eight years were up, we had a plan in place to pay homage to our home.
One of many definitions of the word, abstract, is a summary of something larger, encompassing the crucial elements, making it easy to comprehend on the fly. Abstract, in its own way, is an abstract of our winemaking mission and the ethos of Orin Swift. It will always have our signature drinkability, comprised of fruit from quality vineyards across California and creates conversations — be it about the wine or the label. For those new to Orin Swift, Abstract is a beloved starting point on a journey with us.
In 2019 we forged a partnership with the Napa Valley Community Foundation to help our community rebuild after devastating wildfires. We were overwhelmed, humble and deeply proud how you, the Orin Swift family, responded. The job is not done, so we're back again this year same cause, same commitment, new wine release. As we learn to adapt with our region and climate, we've decided to change things a bit and release the 2020 Burnt Sacrifice as a unique cuvee of Pinot Noir, sourced from prestigious regions across California.
China Doll is an unorthodox approach to Rosé, as this varietal is a wine usually associated with more feminine thoughts. The doll itself was procured by our winemaker and creative director, Dave Phinney, from a local oddities shop in Berkeley that specializes in natural science and all things once living. They have everything from real human skulls to genuine fossils and taxidermy animals. Dave holds a very high standard for all his wines and if it is something he doesn’t think is perfect or wouldn’t drink himself, he will scrap that vintage and not sell the wine. This is exactly what happened with the 2015 vintage of China Doll. Since the inception of this wine in 2014, this has grown to be a fan favorite and sells out quickly!
In 2018 we asked you to choose your favorite out of "Double" or "Take" and you delivered resulting in our Orin Swift Merlot — Double Take! Starting in the vineyard, most of the blend comes from Stagecoach Vineyard on Atlas Peak with a small amount from the Lewelling Vineyard in St. Helena. It's not your average Merlot; so much so that when you first take a sip, you'll take a second look.
The price of a bottle of wine doesn't always reflect its value. Gifts, anniversaries or special occasions can add value to a bottle. At Orin wift, we realize that what we do would not be possible without our team. As a results, we decided to pay homage to our team in a way that adds value to each bottle. Comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah from across the state, this wine is a tribute to what makes us successful.
There are 96 different labels, each depicting an employee of E&J Gallo, and is only available in 1.5L Magnums.
The most widely planted white wine grape in California, Chardonnay is expressed in many different styles due to the state's varied regions. Microclimates and unique soil types allow us to source Chardonnay that tell us about place, heping us achieve our goals of showing what California has to offer. Before everything is blended, each lot expresses where it comes from — some are acid-forward and mineral-focused, while others are robuts, ripe and fruit-forward. But through blending trials we're able to bring them together and form a piece of liquid art. Vintage after vintage we source fruit from vineyards across the state of California featuring vineyards located in the Russian River Valley, Atlas Peak and Santa Maria Valley — Mannequin is our manifestation of California Chardonnay.
The baddest wine of them all, Machete takes no prisoners. It is in your face aromatically, punching your mouth from within. The tannins remind you what it's like to feel, and the ink will put a smile on your face. Our simple goals with machete was to elevate Petite Sirah to the main stage and let it express its own attitude. Robust, dominant and unapologetic, the wine creates its own gravity, pulling all towards it with vintage after vintage resulting in a stellar blend of Petite Sirah, Syah and Grenache.
Mercury Head Cabernet Sauvignon is our flagship wine and emphasizes our guiding principle: Without quality grapes, great wine is impossible. It comes from the best lots from very select vineyards in Napa Valley and the wine is a testament to those vineyards, to our principle and to what is possible in Napa Valley. The Liberty Dime on each bottle symbolizes Dave's favorite coin in his collection growing up and his most prized possesion.
Synonymous with the Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon is the most planted grape varietal in the region. From the valley floor to the mountain tops, we source fruit that expresses individual terrior and produce individuals lots that have a sense of place. With three Bordeaux-style wines in the OSC portfolio, our goal with every lot of Napa Cab is to treat each as if destined for Mercury Head. Through trials, we focus on putting together a wine that represents the broad spectrum of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon year after year.
It's rare to find a wine from the Napa Valley composed of all five Bordeaux-style varietals. But, for many years, that has been Papillon's focus. The raw strength and prestige of Cabernet Sauvignon buttressed by the opulence of Merlot, the spiciness of Cabernet Franc, the depth of Malbec and the sheet unctuousness of Petit Verdot come together seamlessly.
Staying humble and letting the grapes do the talking is how we get better at winemaking every vintage. Pinot Noir requires even more humility, especially in the vineyards — when the grapes are ready, they're ready. Requiring a gentler approach with punchdowns rather than pumpovers, Pinot Noir expresses itself when it is lead manipulated. Slander is the union of California Pinot Noir made in the Orin Swift signature style delivering a bold and expressive wine.
Growing in popularity of late, Grenache is experiencing something many have been behind already for years, decades, centuries. The most versatile grape by far, Grenache has been hidden in blends, playing second fiddle to other varietals. But every vintage, we strive to produce a wine that is unabashadly Grenache — and just how we like it.
Our Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Veladora is a small production wine that showcases fruit from one of our favorite vineyards, Solari in Calistoga. Whole cluster pressed and barrel fermented, we're able to produce a wine that develops a complexity that only comes from contact with oak. A quintessential warm climate Sauvignon Blanc and perfect pairing for those long summer days.
You Go First
You Go First is a dare, an encouragement, and an invitation. It’s a sudden hit of nostalgia, unexpectedly triggered. Schoolyard games, hopping fences, trying a new good, bad thing. It’s having an accomplice that holds the door while you make a run for it. You Go First is that feeling, bubbles and all. A reminder to stay in the present, and stick with people who get you slightly outside your comfort zone. Produced from a variety of vintages from across California, we are proud to introduce the inaugural release of You Go First.
One shipment per year, per wine chosen, upon the release of the new vintage. Please click to view the current Wine Club Release Schedule to see when your Milk Run(s) will ship.
• How many wines per shipment?
6 bottles or 12 bottles, your choice.
• How much does it cost?
This will vary depending on the wine(s) chosen. Members receive flat rate ground shipping, $20 for 6 bottles & $30 for 12 bottles. Taxes will be charged where applicable.
• How do I pay?
Orin Swift will keep your credit card on file. A few weeks prior to each shipment we will charge for the wine, shipping, and any applicable taxes.
• What is the discount?
We price our wines well below market value; no discount is offered apart from flat rate shipping.
Also see the Fine Print for more information and Member Benefits.