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 myrecipes.com).
So there you have it - six different syrahs
and six different styles.
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
And the Syrahs
, which range from earthy to fruity, are just getting better every year.
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.