You may know the Orin Swift name for some of the absolutely phenomenal domestic wines they put out, but I’ll be real, none of those are priced for this list. They do, on the other hand, work with some international vineyards to create their Location series, which, while easier on your wallet, is no less impressive. This particular bottling comes from vineyards across France and brings ripe fruit, oak, and licorice.
You know those nights where you’re tired, and you worked late, and it’s all you can do to boil some pasta and throw some red sauce on it? That’s what this wine is for. This wine will make everything better on nights like that.
This Chianti gives you a hell of a lot to think about. At five years old, the fruit has had some time to develop, and the result is juicy cherries for days. But the cool part is wrapping your nose around all of the mint and fresh flowers that practically leap out of the glass. This thing delivers. Hard.
Back in the day, Gary Vaynerchuk (@GaryVee) blew up the Internet with his daily wine show Wine Library TV. These days he's busy running VaynerMedia, a 500-person digital agency in NYC, but he still makes time to drink and talk about wine.