Father’s Day is this weekend. I’ll get right to the point: Leave the tie, and take the Switchback Ridge Petite Sirah.
It's the ideal selection for fathers who love wine. And this wine loves anything on the grill. What could be more perfect? Oh, maybe that the winemaker happens to be the highly acclaimed Bob Foley.
I crossed this wine off my bucket list in California in April after owner Kelly Peterson graciously hosted me for a private tasting and a tour of her family’s 100-acre ranch in Dutch Henry Canyon (in the northern part of Napa Valley).
I was also invited to taste the wine with her daughter, Ashley Peterson, in Cuyahoga Falls a couple of weeks ago. I couldn’t pass up that opportunity. I would have run barefoot from the Beacon Journal to Beau’s on the River, just to get another sip.
This is a powerful wine with rich, dark berry flavors. Don’t let the $64.99 price tag throw you. It’s for your dad for cry-eye. Pick up a couple of steaks, a slab of short ribs, or your favorite grilling meat, and make your dad feel like a king when you pour him a glass of this wine.
“This is our family’s legacy in a bottle,” said Kelly Peterson. "This is what we do for love.”
Buy this wine at North End Market, Papa Joe's, Ken Stewart's Grille, Miles Market Solon, and Lucca Restaurant Canton.
— Phil Masturzo