Wine List

There’s nothing more enjoyable on a cold evening than relaxing in the Fireplace Room or curling up next to your gas log fireplace in your suite and enjoying a fine wine. There’s no better therapy than relaxing with a beer along the banks of the Trout River. Ask us for a recommendation, and we’ll steer you toward an affordable yet exceptional choice.

At the Phineas Swann, we have paid extra attention to developing a wine list second to none, designed to bring you the best and most affordable wines from Vermont, California, Europe, South America and Australia.

You can enjoy a fine merlot, malbec or chardonnay anywhere on our property. Just let us know at check-out what you’ve enjoyed and we’ll be happy to add it to your bill.Please be aware that state liquor laws require all alcoholic beverages consumed in the common rooms of the inn must be purchased from us. 

Here’s a look at our wine and beer list. If you have a favorite you think we’ve overlooked, let us know!


Bud Light, Labatt Blue Light, Michelob Ultra, Molson, Harpoon, Long Trail, Guinness

Vermont Wines

Shelburne Vinyard, Cayuga White, 2012, Vermont
Crisp and fruity with hints of citrus in the nose and palate. Small amounts of Riesling and Chardonnay produce this balanced wine with full mouth feel and a complex finish.

Shelburne Vinyard, Lake View White, 2012, Vermont
Softer than Cayuga White, with a hint of sweetness. Blends Cayuga with small amounts of Riesling, Chardonnay and Vignoles. Perfect wine for sipping on the deck or in front of the fire.

Shelburne Vinyard, Riesling, 2012, Vermont
New this year, this blend provides all the tanginess you’d expect with a Riesling, married with sweet Vermont grapes.

Shelburne Vinyard, Harvest Widow’s Revenge (Semi-Sweet Red), 2012, Vermont
This red wine is a semi-dry blend of Vermont grown grapes. The aroma is fresh and fruity with the texture rich with a touch of sweetness and a lingering berry finish. Serve at room temperature or chilled to brighten the juicy fruit notes.

Shelburne Vinyard, Marquette (Red), 2012, Vermont
Vermont grown and produced, Marquette is the leading red varietal for this region. It is soft and medium bodied with smooth tannins and a complex finish.

Dessert & Ice Wines

Selaks Ice Wine, 2006, New Zealand (375 ml)
This seductive ultra-sweet wine; optimum balance between fruit sweetness and crisp clean acidity.

White Wines

Stephen Vincent, 2011, Petaluma, California
Attractive melony, buttery citrus and tropical fruit characteristics. Elegant, fresh and medium-bodied.

Albert Bichot, Macon Villages, 2011, Burgundy, France
Shows a floral bouquet and lively, refreshing palate. Enjoy with soft cheese or as a refreshing aperitif.

Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris
Primaterra, Pinot Grigio, 2012, Veneto, Italy
Crisp and lively wine full of fruit with hints of apples and fresh fruit.

Montimore, Pinot Gris, 2012, Willamette Valley, Oregon
A perfect example of what cooler weather delivers, with stone and citrus fruits and a lingering minerality.

Gruner Veltliner, Danubio, 2005, Germany
A pleasantly fresh and fruity, light and well balanced Veltliner. Great for relaxing.

Sauvignon Blanc
Ponga, Sauvignon Blanc, 2011, Marlborough, New Zealand
Pale straw with brilliant clarity. A fragrant mix of stone fruit and citrus aromas. A flavorsome array of nectarine and grapefruit, with a zesty orange citrus essence. Well-balanced finish.

Champagne & Sparkling

Canella Prosecco VSAQ NV, Italy (187 ml)
A classic prosecco with ripe pear and peach notes marked by a nutty richness.

Moscato d’Asti Sourgal DOCG, 2007, Italy (375 ml)
Golden in color and lightly sparkling. This slightly sweet sparkler of 100% Moscato offers a delightful nose of raisins, violets and spice. Medium in body with perfect acidity and balance, it delivers intense flavors of raisins, sultanas and spice. Luscious, long and sweet, it cleanses the palate on the finish.

Tott’s Brut, California
Our most affordable sparkling wine choice.

Marquis de la Tour Brut, France
Pale gold with fine bubbles. The aroma is delicate with floral aspects, while the taste is crisp, clean and light with melon flavors.

Pierre Gimonnet 1er Cru “Blanc de Blanc” Brut NV Champagne, Cuis, France
Bright spicy and very dry Champagne, perfect for celebrations. Intensely flavored impressively long with gripping finish. Our personal favorite for celebrations.

Moet & Chandon, Imperial Brut, France
The gold standard for Champagne. If you have a moment you want to celebrate properly, this is your choice.

Red Wines

Pinot Noir
Albert Bichot, “Vielles Vignes” Bourgogne, 2011, Burgundy, France
High-toned, quite precise fruit on the nose. Lots of fresh fruit flavor. Tannins are quite ripe – almost a Beaujolais aspect to the fruit profile. Those looking for a flavorful red choice can hardly do better.

Barricas, 2011, Mendoza, Argentina
This vivid purple Malbec is round and medium bodied. It has mulberry and black cherry aromas, with hints of violet. In the mouth it is round and friendly, with fine tannin notes and a charming finish.

Domaine Bousquet, 2012, Mendoza, Argentina
This vivid purple Malbec is round and medium bodied. It has mulberry and black cherry aromas, with hints of violet. In the mouth it is round and friendly, with fine tannin notes and a charming finish. Our most popular red, it receives only raves from those who try it.

Mas Carlot, Les Enfant Terrible, 2010, Nimes, France
55% Mourvedre and 45% Syrah. Dense ruby purple, with hints of blueberry, charcoal, licorice and acacia flowers, it is elegant, complex, rich, dense and best consumed over the next 3-4 years.

Stephen Vincent, 2011, California
Lush and upfront front. A Merlot for everyday and everyone. Dark and lush with ripe plum, unoaked flavors.

Pennywise, 2009, California
Dark purple with aromas of ripe blackberries, milk choclate mousse and fresh caramel creme brûlée. Good structure, acidity and depth. Finishes with flavors of deep blackberry, cherries and oak with hint of clove and fresh coffee.

Cabernet Sauvignon
Pennywise, 2011, California
Boasting a rich garnet color, this blend has aromas of bourbon-soaked cherries, blackberry preserves, smoky caramel and sweet basil. The wine starts with a punch of black raspberry, currants, dark molasses and dried strawberry. The finish show
notes of cranberry, soy, figs and expresso. A great wine for those who prefer their cab without a heavy oakiness.

Shoofly, 2012, McLaren Vale & Langhorne Creek, Australia
Shows earthy gravel, spicy licorice and dense dark mulberries, while the sweet upfront berry fruit gives way to complex cedar and spice notes. Vibrant, jicy fruit runs length of the palate and lingers with a “have another glass” finish.

DaVinci DOCG 2011, Italy
Well-balanced, medium-bodied wine with jammy flavors of ripe plums, cherries and red fruit. A lively wine with a soft mineral finish and round tannins that linger in long, peppery finish.

Other Wines

Barefoot Wines
We have a limited variety of Barefoot Winery offerings including Merlots & Chardonnays