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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      Photo by Tom Lake I recently returned from two days at the Paso Garagiste Festival. This is the event’s fourth year, and it has grown leaps and bounds since I wrote about the inaugural event in 2011. That year, 44 wineries participated in a one-day event; now it is a four day event. This year 60 wineries alone poured on Saturday, November 8 at the Grand Tasting; another 19 wi ...

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    • the 2014 grapey gift guide – non-wine goodies!

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    • We’ve Got People Coming Over — Help!!

      In the last few weeks, I’ve had more than one person ask for help with planning their holiday parties. They want to serve wine. They want to serve decent wine, but they don’t want to go broke. Or, they don’t want to serve expensive, high quality wines because they know that at a party very few people even pay attention. What, they ask, should they do.

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  • Kettle Valley Winery proves reds can work in British Columbia

    …. “We were enjoying it, and we wanted to prove to ourselves and others that you could grow grapes here that people said you couldn’t do.” At this point, Riesling, Gewürztraminer and other cold-hardy varieties were being grown – along with French hybrids such as Maréchal Foch and Chancellor. Watts and Ferguson wanted to plant Chardonnay, Pinot Noir…

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  • 2012 Bedrock Lorenzo's Heritage

    … meat notes in the nose... and spicy raspberry, blueberry, pomegranate, plum, lavender and anise impressions in the mouth... dusty tannins and appealing acidity provide contrast to the heady (15.5%ABV) experience, which benefits from an hour or two of airtime and will likely improve with a few years in the cellar and perhaps last 20 years... a potent and evolving mainstay of the formidable Bedrock portfolio... excellent! Taste 8 Nose 8 Value 10 40.00…

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  • Wine Tastings in Portland, Oregon: Friday, December 12, 2014

    … Cabernet Sauvignon Slam. Then Saturday’s off-the-charts Oregon wine bash with 7 winemakers and 18 wines. FYI: Your wine cup is running over, and thank god for that!! Plus, we’ve already filled up 2-1/2 barrels of food in ONE DAY for our holiday food drive for the Oregon Food Bank. Remember, just because you dropped off once doesn’t mean you can’t do…

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  • Red Wines of Santa Rita

    …, for example, with petit verdot, petite sirah and pinot noir. Or, to go white, Triple M, with marsanne, melon de bourgogne and muscat of Alexandria. Well, ha ha, enough levity, because the “C” blend of this wine works to its advantage. The color is dark ruby, opaque, almost smoldering, at the center; a highly individual bouquet features notes of cedar…

  • Lindsay Creek Vineyards 2012 Petite Sirah, Washington, $34

    … Degerman Eric Degerman is the president and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. He is a journalist with more than 30 years of daily newspaper experience and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest with Andy Perdue and served as its managing editor for 15 years. He is a frequent wine judge along the West Coast and contributor to Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, the region's longest-running golf publication. …

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  • Quinticentually Quintessa

    … conversation about what makes teh property so special. And oh, the cheese! The cheese… With a tasting comparison of the current releases as well as library wine, this experience is a rare and special treat in the valley. Trying to impress out of town guests? This is the way to do it. The Quintessential Quintessa is $125 per person, and advanced…

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  • Wine of the Month Club a Suitable Gift of Wine

    … County, Arroyo Seco and Paso Robles. I don't often see Petite Sirah, so this wine was a treat for me. It delivered a lot of taste in a food ready wine. Not over the top and quite suitable to pair with grilled or smoked meats. Recommended. Closure: Natural Cork ABV: 13% Who is this Club for? The wines I received were both tasty and enjoyable wines…

    William Pollard/ Wild 4 Washington Wine- 4 readers -
  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2011

    … blacks and includes Petite Sirah and Carignan in the blend. It is highly expressive, spicy and filled with brambly fruit. The Lytton Springs Vineyard is home to 100 year old vines: Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignan, Grenache and Mataro. Situated in the Dry Creek Valley, this has to be one of if not the best Zinfandel blend from that part of Sonoma…

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  • Dry Creek Vineyards Zinfandel 2012

    …Dry Creek Vineyards Zinfandel 2012, Old Vine, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, CA, $24 (S) – Rating 91 Very balanced in contrast to some overly jammy style Zinfandels. A blend of 77% Zinfandel (90+year-old vines) and 23% Petite Sirah adding some peppery pop. Robust aromas of dark fruit, plum, blackberry and brown spice. Rich on the palate…

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  • Tierra Divina Vineyards Reds 2012

    … and also Argentina; old vine vineyards cultivated by “the hands of the same family for three generations or more. Heritage vineyards are not good because they are old, rather they are old because they are good.” Winemaking: The Carignane grapes were sourced from 135 year old vines in central Lodi. Garnet in colour with aromas of cherry, earth…

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  • Toledo Area Wine events & Tastings: December 10-13, 2014

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