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Wine Wisdoms #38: Petite Sirah, Syrah?

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 at 12:45:20 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Petite Sirah and Syrah can be confused with one another when in actuality, they are 2 entirely different grapes.

Petite Sirah (also called Durif) is a thick-skinned black grape, which was an offspring of Syrah in the late 1800′s, but now it is entirely its own varietal. It creates an incredibly dense and tannic red wine that is often used for blending but can be found on its own as well. It doesn’t appeal to everyone but its fans are passionate. It even has an advocacy group, P.S. I Love You!

Syrah is a dark-skinned grape as well which yields powerful wines too, though not as dark as Petite Sirah. Syrah was first planted in the Rhone Valley of France but has now expanded globally, most notably to Australia where it’s known as Shiraz.

We offer both Petite Sirah and Syrah at

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