Where: W Bar by Wing Hop Fung
When: Thursday, May 24 6-7:45 PM
We've got some great California examples of wines made exclusively from either one of these two grapes to pour for you on Thursday. And all by notable producers. But what's the difference between the two? There is some confusion over whether the two grapes are related. Well, we're here to help straighten things out.
First - while Syrah and Sirah share the same pronunciation, the spelling is distinctly different as are the grapes themselves!
Syrah originates from the Rhone Valley in France where it forms the backbone of such world renowned wines like Cote Rotie and Hermitage. It's become increasingly popular in the New World, especially Australia where it is known as "Shiraz" and California. While it can do well in a hot climate where it exhibits blueberry pie notes and bramble fruit, Syrah does exceptionally well in cooler, high-elevation climates where it shows notes of pepper and smoked meat.
Petit Sirah, on the other hand, is known outside the US as "Durif" and never really took off anywhere but in the US, in particular in California. It loves hot and dry soils and its wines are inky and dark with soft tannins, and lush dark fruit.
We'll show you some different examples from all over California, so you can really see not only the difference between the two grapes, but also how climate might affect expression.
Wines to be Poured
Melville Sta Rita Hills Syrah 2015
Bedrock Wine Co. North Coast Syrah 2016
Baldacci Allwin Syrah Napa 2014
The Terraces Petite Sirah Napa 2012
Wild Hog Nova Vineyards Petite Sirah 2011
Caymus-Suisun Grand Durif, Suisun 2015