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1. A variety of grape originating in France that is used to make red wine.
2. A full-bodied red wine made from this grape.

[French syrah.]
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1. (Brewing) a red grape grown in France and Australia, used, often in a blend, for making wine
2. (Brewing) any of various wines made from this grape
Australian name: Shiraz
[from Shiraz1, the city in Iran where the wine supposedly originated]
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Herbal, cool-weather Syrahs are wonderful with long-braised beef spiced with cumin and coriander or ancho chiles, or grilled lamb laced with resiny herbs--like the Spiced Lamb Chops with Rosemary Crumbs shown at right (find the recipe at
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On many evenings after a long day at work at our winery, I'd grab a bite with my friend and colleague, Doug Shafer, and we would order Syrahs. The thing about this wine that amazed us was that it could be produced so successfully in so many different styles: from light and fruity to big, lush and hedonistic.
For the beginning of the new year, we asked the National Retailer Wine Panel to recommend their favorite syrahs and, by extension, shiraz, a New World cousin, reds that have been increasing in visibility as well as popularity among American consumers.
These cool-weather Syrahs shamelessly wrap wild smoked meat, black pepper, tobacco, and leather around their core of blue-black fruit.
The winery has two Syrahs that look nearly the same on the shelf: Columbia Valley Syrah 2007 and Seven Hills Vineyard Walla Walla Valley Estate Syrah 2008.
We've planned an easy menu, so you can concentrate on figuring out how the West's up-and-coming Syrahs rate against their counterparts in the rest of the world.
Many of the successful Syrahs and Zins are big and bold; this is a more delicate grape, and we've chosen to make a delicate wine.
I tasted three outstanding Syrahs from JC Cellars, including the Cuvee Gaillard, a blend of Syrah (50%) from Clos du Cuminaille Vineyard in the St.
In summary, Petite Sirah in its over 100 years of note in America has made some wonderful varietal wines; added density, color and spice to red wine blends--including many of the finest Syrahs and Rhone blends of today; and its tough skin made it a good shipping grape during prohibition--which left us the heritage of many old vine-yards today.
These were the Syrahs that, in the early 1980s, inspired a whole group of maverick California winemakers.