This month marked seven years since Fess Parker passed away, and I still fondly remember doing one of his very last sit-down interviews. We spent time in the lobby of his namesake DoubleTree hotel, along Santa Barbara's waterfront, discussing family, business and wine. And we sipped, too. His favorite -- syrah.
Made with Santa Ynez Valley fruit -- a 62-38 combo of Rodney's Vineyard (estate) fruit and Camp 4 fruit -- this wine saw almost two years in (mostly neutral) French oak barrels. It's the perfect inspiration for your favorite home-recipe lamb kabobs or medium-rare burgers. Or just sip while chomping on a big chunk of aged cheddar.
- Label: Fess Parker Winery Syrah
- Vintage: 2013
- Source: Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County
- Winemaker: Blair Fox
- Alcohol: 14.9%
- Price: $30
Find out more about Fess Parker Winery at fessparker.com.
Also, the Parker family is about to launch its brand new restaurant in Los Olivos, The Bear and Star; read my preview story here.