[A shelf full of petite sirah / Doniree Walker]


Define the Wine | What


The grape itself is also known as “Durif,” and the first thing we need to cover is that Petite Sirah is not Syrah. While there does exist a grape varietal known as Petite Syrah, that one is a small berry clone of the Syrah grape.


A Quick Primer on Syrah/Shiraz/Petite Sirah


  • Syrah/Shiraz: dark-skinned grape grown throughout the world and used primarily to make red wine. Syrah and Shiraz are the same grape, but is known by either Shiraz or Syrah, depending on the region it comes from.
  • Petite Sirah: its very own grape, also known as Durif, believed to be the result of a cross-pollination between Syrah and ‪Peloursin.


Ok, now that we have that out of the way. Petite Sirah!


[Petite Sirah Red Wine / Doniree Walker]


Petite Sirah can be bright and jammy, and boasts dark fruit flavors (like plums and cherries) that make it really, really lovely.


Experts say that you’ll also notice acidity and firm texture, might get some herbal flavors and even some hints of black pepper.


Grape-ography | Where




Petite Sirah (Durif) was born in the nursery of a French botanist named François Durif. Durif kept many grape varieties, and it’s believed he had planted both Syrah and Peloursin which cross-pollinated, leading to his discovery of a new grape variety that those of us in the U.S. know as Petite Sirah.


Present Day


The Yakima Valley in Washington State is producing some amazing Petite Sirahs, and other regions known for this beautiful grape include Australia, California, France, and Israel.


We Go Together | How to Pair Petite Sirah


My own experience tells me that Petite Sirah pairs amazingly well with sweet and salty treats. For instance, anything Maple Bacon or salted caramel. In terms of entrees though, I’d absolutely pair this with lamb (and because of the cherry notes, I’d definitely add a cherry glaze), other grilled meats, or even something like Jerk chicken or pulled pork. Something with a slightly sweet, slightly spicy flavor would really bring out the fruit and pepper in this wine.


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