Powerful Petite Sirah - The Little Grape that Could - BYOB or just Taste

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.



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  • Dan M.

    Great night drinking Petite Sirah! Sorry that the scoring took too long for some of you to be there for the whole thing, but not to fear, we've got the top three here!

    On to the results!

    1st Place: This was an absolute landslide with 28 more votes than second place. Bottle #5, a 2008 Jeff Runquist "R" Enver Salman Vineyard Petite Sirah from California. Bought through a club, so the price isn't known, but one source I found listed ~$30.

    2nd Place: Bottle #13, a 2012 Guenoc Petite Sirah from California for $12 from Whole Foods.

    3rd Place: Bottle #9, a 2012 Concannon Petite Sirah from California for $6.99 from Trader Joes.

    1 · August 6

  • Rachel M.

    Great night, glad to meet some nice people that love wine as much as I do. :)

    1 · August 6

  • Suzanne

    Can we do Italian whites this summer?

    July 20

    • Suzanne

      I just bring it up because Dan told me he'd schedule it for Aug. 5. Would be awesome!

      July 24

    • Rebecca

      Agreed - also would love to do Argentinian Torrontes!!! :) maybe just a crisp White night (i.e. NO SWEETS) and replicate bring your own Red night... everyone wear white too? :P

      1 · July 24

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