Former coach Switzer is now mak­ing wine

Austin American-Statesman - - TV TONIGHT - From wire ser­vices Barry Switzer ar­rives at the Red River Ri­valry game be­tween Texas and OU in Dal­las. ri­cardo b. brazziel / ameri-

When one thinks of the great names of wine­mak­ing, there’s Rothchild, Mon­davi and Barry Switzer. The former OU and Dal­las Cow­boys head coach was in Dal­las last week mak­ing ap­pear­ances to pro­mote Switzer Fam­ily Vine­yards.

His late fa­ther, Frank Switzer, sold whiskey “to church dea­cons who sent their maids out to our place,” Switzer wrote in his mem­oir, “Boot­leg­ger’s Boy.”

Barry is tak­ing the higher road with his full­bod­ied Napa Val­ley caber­net. Del Frisco’s steak­house in North Dal­las just added it to the wine list and that’s where he ended up last week, din­ing with cur­rent OU head coach Bob Stoops, former OU de­fen­sive back Bud He­bert and de­vel­oper Billy Bob Bar­nett (of long-ago Billy Bob’s Texas glory).

In a re­cent in­ter­view with the Tulsa World, Switzer cred­its din­ing with Jerry Jones dur­ing his time with the Cow­boys for im­prov­ing his taste in wine.

“Jerry wouldn’t or­der any­thing but the best,” Switzer said. “It didn’t take long to de­velop a bet­ter palate for the good wines.”

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