Wine Dine and Play: Switzer Family Vineyards

Switzer Family Vineyards

Switzer Family wines is based out of Oakville Cabernet and has a history of football with Coach Switzer and Super Bowl XXX

Football And Wine
Oakville, Napa County, California, USA
Wine Style: New World / Cabernet
Average Price: $$
Overall Rating: 88 points
Article Written: July 2017
Article Updated: September 2019
By Sean Overpeck (CFE)
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    Château or Vineyard Owner + Winemaker:
    Barry Switzer
    Coach Switzer at the Napa Tasting Room in Oakville, Napa, California with his red wine selections and tasting.

    The Switzer Family Vineyards was founded by former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer, who led the Sooners to national titles in 1974, 1975 and 1985, and was honored with the NCFAA Award - Barry Switzer honored at CFB Awards.

    Barry Switzer is most notably known for his career at the University of Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys. He was active in the college and professional ranks between 1960 and 1997 and has one of the highest winning percentages of any college football coach in the history of the game. He is one of only three head coaches to win both a college football national championship and a Super Bowl. Switzer quickly made a name for himself by perfecting the wishbone offense and developing it into the most prolific rushing offense in college football history. Switzer led the Sooners to two consecutive undefeated seasons and National Championships in 1974 and 1975, and then a third National Championship in 1985. The team won or shared twelve ‘Big Eight’ Conference championships from 1973 to 1988. Switzer began coaching the Dallas Cowboys in 1994 and won Super Bowl XXX in his second season, defeating the Pittsburg Steelers on January 28, 1996. He is also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and received the Jim Thorpe Lifetime Achievement Award. 

    A tasting of the Switzer Family Vineyard wines by Coach Barry Switzer formally of the Dallas Cowboys and the winning of Super Bowl XXX in 1996.
    Switzer Family Vineyards / Wine Tasting

    Switzer Family Vineyards was established in, 2010, out of a mutual family adoration for fine wine. The 2007 vintage was the first release. Coach Switzer developed his wine palate in the 1990s when coaching for wine connoisseur and Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones. “Jerry wouldn’t order anything but the best,” Switzer said. “It didn’t take long to develop a better palate for the fine wine.”

    In the 40s and 50s, Switzer had a humble upbringing in the rural south of Crossett, Arkansas. His father was a bootlegger and his mother was a well-read lover of literature. His unique upbringing taught him to appreciate ethnic diversity, hard work, discipline, and the arts. The influence is reflected in the wine bottle with a picture of the house he grew up in. 

    As a coach, he paved the way for many African American athletes by giving them an equal opportunity to prove themselves. He is considered one of the greatest recruiters in college football history because of his love of people and unique ability to communicate with people from all walks of life. Switzer credits his childhood for his entrepreneurial spirit, attention to detail, and commitment to excellence, all of which have become his trademark on and off the field.

    Coach Barry Switzer at Oklahoma as the football coach before the Dallas Cowboys, and opening his own vineyard in Napa, California
    Switzer Family Vineyards / Coach Switzer

    As part of the Napa Wine Company Cult wine Central Tasting Club, (now Ghost Block), I had the opportunity to try the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon from Coach Switzer’s collection and was very impressed. The influences of Jerry Jones were present indeed.  

    Wine and Grape:
    Nose (Bouquet):
    Palate Experience:
    2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Winemaker Notes:  
    This is a lush Cabernet with intense aromas of black raspberry, hazelnut, and cinnamon bark
    Winemaker Notes:
    In the mouth, the flavors are rich and fruit-focused. Ripe currant and blackberry integrate nicely with the toasted oak flavors. The wine has a silky texture that finishes with a long persistent aftertaste.

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    Overall Star Rating For Switzer Family Wines:
    An Outstanding Tasting Experience
    Wines Produced by Switzer Family Wines:
    Red: Cabernet Sauvignon

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    (excluding taxes)
    $£€¥ -                Under 50.00 (inexpensive)
    $£€¥ x 2 -          51.00- 99.00 (moderate)
    $£€¥ x 3 -          Over 100.00 (pricey)
    $£€¥ x 4 -          Over 200.00 (expensive)
    $£€¥ x 5 -          Over 400.00 (very expensive)
    **Currencies reflect the world’s major wine countries and connoisseur’s** 

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    2012 (750 ml)

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    Switzer Family Wines:

    Switzer Family Vineyards is located on the corner of Highway 29 and Oakville Crossroad, where some of the most sought-after wines and beloved Cabernets are made

    Tasting Room Information:


    Website contact:

    Tasting Room Hours:
    Pacific Standard Time (GMT, Zulu, or UTC-8:00)
    Monday - Sunday

    11:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Social Media 
    Accolades for 
    Switzer Family Wines:

    Switzer Family Wines Facebook Link                

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