9 Fascinating Facts About Petite Sirah

  1. There is nothing  “petite” about Petite Sirah. This is a big, inky monster of a wine.
  2. The first plantings in California date back to the 1880s. Only a handful of other varieties can make that claim.
  3. It’s not unusual for Petite Sirah to be used as a blending wine to “beef up” other varieties, particularly in lesser vintages.
  4. Many vintners blend a small amount with their Zinfandel bottlings, even in strong vintages.
  5. Petite Sirah is a cross between Syrah and Peloursin (Syrah is the father, while Peloursin is the mother). And while Petite Sirah and Syrah are closely related, they are very different varieties — just as a parent and a child can be two very different people.
  6. Three venerable California wineries have long been champions of Petite Sirah: Parducci, Foppiano and Concannon.
  7. As of 2010, Petite Sirah acreage in California was just one acre shy of 8,000.
  8. Petite Sirah can be every bit as ageworthy as Cabernet Sauvignon. Many have been known to age gracefully for more than a quarter-century.
  9. Petite Sirah is one of the few wines that pairs well with vegetarian fare. Eggplant lasagna and grilled mushrooms are sublime culinary partners.

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