The Omni Grove Park Inn
290 Macon Avenue
Asheville, North Carolina 28804

Orin Swift Wine Dinner

Join us in celebrating this incredible partnership
Cheers with red wine

Enjoy a six course, epicurean event featuring the artistry of Orin Swift Cellars and chefs, Richard Gras and Brandon Gibson, with Gallo Sommelier and Wine Educator, Kathleen Apocada. Tickets are $125 per person for dinner and paired wines, but are not inclusive of tax and gratuity. The Orin Swift Wine Dinner will take place in Vue 1913, Thursday, March 28, 2019 with a welcome in the Presidents Lounge beginning at 6:00 p.m. followed by seating for dinner at 6:30 p.m. Please contact Restaurant Events at 828-210-7813 Monday through Friday.

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The history of Orin Swift Cellars dates back to 1995 when on a lark, David Swift Phinney took a friend up on an offer and went to Florence, Italy to spend a semester “studying”. During that time, he was introduced to wine, how it was made, and got hooked. A few more years of university led to graduation and eventually a job at Robert Mondavi Winery in 1997 as a temporary harvest worker. Deciding that if he was going to work this hard, it would eventually have to be for himself, so in 1998 he founded Orin Swift Cellars; Orin is his father’s middle name and Swift is his mother’s maiden name. With two tons of zinfandel and not much else, he spent the next decade making wine for others, as well as himself, and grew the brand to what it is today.


Ms. Apodaca is a Certified Sommelier and Certified Specialist of Wine for the E&J Gallo Winery, who has worked directly with the winery for over a decade. She is currently the winery’s Business Development Manager for the state of North Carolina. Ms. Apodaca has worked closely with Dave Phinney from Orin Swift on numerous events and has thoroughly enjoyed learning the personal stories of Orin Swift from him directly. Ms. Apodaca holds a degree in Hospitality Management, which in combination with her years of experience in the restaurant industry has culminated in a true passion for sharing the incredible experience of wine and food with others. 

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