Petite Sirah

Durif is a variety of red wine grape primarily grown in Australia, California, France, and Israel. Since the end of the 20th century, wineries located in Washington's Yakima River Valley, Maryland, Arizona, West Virginia, Chile, Mexico's Baja Peninsula, and Ontario's Niagara Peninsula have also produced wines from Durif grapes. It is the main grape known in the U.S. and Israel as Petite Sirah, with over 90% of the California plantings labeled "Petite Sirah" being Durif grapes; the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) recognizes "Durif" and "Petite Sirah" as interchangeable synonyms referring to the same grape. It produces tannic wines with a spicy, plummy flavour.
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    • Press Release: Alta Colina Opens New Winery and Tasting Room

      We’ve just received this Press Release about Alta Colina Vineyard and Winery and think it’s pretty exciting news so we’re sharing it with you! Be sure to check out Alta Colina’s new digs and let us know what you think…opening later this month! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Alta Colina Opens New Winery and Tasting Room After more than a decade of dreaming, Tillman family creates eco-friendly home.

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    • Big release, bigger wines

      Chicken and beef destined for tortillas As we creep deeper and deeper into late autumn days, with afternoons bereft of light and evenings full of chill, we begin to search for more than a pipkin of warmth. Wine can fill the void and it is no simple folderol that we seek. The bicameral brain on one lobe wants deep, earthy reds, dynamic and changeless, the other asks for bombs with damp fuses.

  • Don’t Forget Frank Family Pinot Noir For Thanksgiving

    … time I get to Napa Valley, and I have never been disappointed. The winery makes a range of varietals, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Petite Sirah, Sangiovese and some incredible sparkling wines. The wines are made from 200 acres the family owns on parcels scattered throughout Napa Valley. Frank Family sparkling…

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  • Thanksgiving wines with a big thank you ~ The Whites

    … House was inspired by the DeCosta’s daughter. (I find this totally charming.) A new member of PS I Love You this year, I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve their needs, as regards Petite Sirah; and, to also recommend their Chardonnay. It’s a rich, complex wine and worthy of any Thanksgiving feast, when fish or fowl are being served. In 2010…

    Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog- 4 readers -
  • OZV Lodi Zinfandel 2012

    … The OZV Lodi ZInfandel 2012, OZV stands for Old ZInfandel Vines, is 96% Zinfandel and 4% Petite Sirah sourced from 50 to 120 year old ZInfandel vines located in the Lodi AVA, east and a little south of Napa. The OZV Zinfandel is produced by Oak Ridge Winery, started in 1934 as a wine co-op and was purchased and then modernized in 2001 by Maggio…

    CHEAP WINE FINDER- 6 readers -
  • Grapelive Extra: Tasting California History in the Glass

    … as once thought) or known by Italians as Primitivo, but it is not the only story of these heritage sites with many black grapes playing a part too, like Alicante Bouschet, Petite Sirah, Grenache, the Mission Grape along with many others, and even a few white grapes thrown in too, all this adds to the great tapestry that forms these wines, especially… 5 readers -
  • 2012 Vina Robles ‘Red4,’ Paso Robles

    2012 Vina Robles ‘Red4,’ Paso Robles This GSM comes with a P.S. Translation: This is a Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre blend that also includes Petite Sirah. More accurately, this is a Petite Sirah (50%) that includes smaller portions of Grenache (20%), Syrah (20%) and Mourvedre (10%). With such expressive varietals involved, you’d expect this to be a complex cuvee, and it is.

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  • Compass Rose Cellars

    … on the patio. The winery only uses 100% Texas grapes and our first visit included four wines. On my last visit there were two more wines added. These are the wines which were available on my last visit: Chenin Blanc 2013 – Mesa Vineyards, 109 cases Pinot Grigio 2012 – Tallent Vineyards, 343 cases Syrah 2012 – Tallent Vineyards, 97 cases…

    Jeff Cope/ Texas Wine Lover- 2 readers -
  • 2012 Pennywise Petite SirahWe All Float Down Here, Georgie

    … this through (or maybe they did?). The culture doesn't really identify pennywise with value and thrift anymore. Damn you Stephen King! You ruined it for all of us. OTOH, money talks and you-know-what walks. And those boys is laughing all the way to the bank. Winemaker's Notes The 2012 vintage shows textbook Petite Sirah color with an inky purple hue…

    The Wine Commonsewer- 2 readers -
  • Exceptional wines for any kind of dinner event

    … the origins of this wine. 5. Dessert Night: Vigilance Cimarron 2012: Sustainably farmed. 44% Zinfandel, 39% Syrah, 9% Petite Sirah and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon from Lake County, California. $25 . Best of Class 91 pts and a medium priced wine. If you have someone who is in to sustainable living, this is the wine to give them. The wine label “Vigilance…

    Linda Kissam/ FoodWineTravelChix- 2 readers -
  • Leading Idaho wine out of the wilderness

    … in Caldwell, Idaho. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) But today, the Snake River Valley is in an exploratory phase – one that started more than 15 years ago. In addition to Riesling and Chardonnay, such grape varieties as Syrah, Malbec, Tempranillo, Grenache, Viognier, Pinot Gris and Petite Sirah are grown. Rhône varieties seem to be shaking out…

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  • Nat'l Zinfandel Day--Nov 19th

    … Zinfandel doesn't have to cost over $40. So throw together a pasta sauce and pop a bottle of Zin. If you really want to do it right get one from Dry Creek Valley, the home of Zin. Here's a real Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel. It's blended with Petite Sirah, it uses American and Hungarian oak, and it costs less than $20. …

    Bob Hunnicutt/ Bob on Sonoma- 2 readers -
  • How important is defining an AVA? Ask anyone in Paso Robles

    …, based on winery owners. If anyone can afford property in Napa, they’ve got cash to spare. Investing so much money for land carries into all other aspects for what else can happen with winemaking; from rock star winemakers, to the finest viticulture people and the finest treatments on all levels. This impacts the wines, of course. So, is Napa…

    Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog- 1 readers -
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