Time to travel back to the land of the reds and return to our basement at Portland Wine Storage. Up this week: Petite Sirah. And nope, that is not a misspelling of Syrah, it is actually supposed to be Sirah.
Petite Sirah is a grape that is formally known as Durif, and was created in France by accidentally crossing Syrah and Peloursin grapes. Interestingly, it is not produced in France anymore, but has found home elsewhere in the world. The United States and Australia are big producers of this varietal, but you can also find it in Mexico, Brazil, Israel, Chile, and Argentina. It tends towards being heavy on tannins and spices, with nice darker fruit. We had a <$10 bottle of Concannon Petite Sirah place very highly in our open red competition a few months ago, beating out plenty of other excellent wines, showing that there are great deals to be had for these wines at competitive price points!
So let’s go ahead and throw some of these Petite Sirah’s up against each other and discover the gems! This tasting is open to any and all Petite Sirah’s from around the world. As long as the wine contains more than 70% Petite Sirah grapes, it qualifies for this tasting.
I am really looking forward to a night of Petite Sirah. Come join us!
$5 if you bring a bottle $15 to just taste.
We will put the fees in a pot and the winner (whoever brings the best rated
bottle will take home the pot (Minus food expense). Blind Tasting. If we get 20 people to show, the after expense pot should be at least $80, Last week the winner took home $85.
Exotic meat and cheese plates provided.
Think you know Petite Sirah? Bring a bottle and let's find out.
Starts at 7PM, but feel free to show up early, I always have a bottle or 2 open.