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Profiles,Variety,Winery

Petite Sirah Grown in Washington State? Yup, and it’s winning awards, too…

Honestly, I can’t possibly keep up with all the PS I Love You member accolades (Petite Sirah brands of the advocacy group, for which I’m the director) .

There’s just not enough time in the day. It’s not that it’s not fun to watch or not memorable for each one of them; there’s just not enough time.

When an award’s given for a brand that I’ve watched begin – from its chef/winemaker colleague, always a powerful combo – then it’s really worth my time to take note. [It’s like watching one of your kids perform his or her first solo, and s/he’s just come out on top.]

That’s what Greg Masset of Masset Winery just did with his Masset Winery 2005 Petite Syrah (as well as his Masset Winery 2005 les Vignes de Marcoux meritage). Always for me, it’s going to be interesting to watch Petite Sirah grown outside of the state of California. In Greg’s case, his winery is in Washington’s Yakima Valley. He’s told me that this high desert location does warm up, and doesn’t experience all the foggy days for which Seattle’s most known.

Dozens of Yakima Valley wines took honors in the annual Washington State Wine Competition, and Masset wines both received silver medals. Greg’s Basket Press Sirah and/or Reserve Sirah scored a “90” in the June issues of Wine Spectator. Scores being somewhat subjective, when it’s all said and done, it’s still remarkable…

Greg’s stuck with PS I Love You for years now… Even when times were tough with his just starting out. He is also a full time Executive Chef at the Yakima Valley Country Club, and manages three tasting rooms with his wife Michaela’s help. He and his artist wife enjoy showcasing the wonderful wines that they know Yakima Valley is capable of producing.

Greg makes his wines from grapes that he hand selects from well established hillside vineyards, and Michaela is the artist of their label, as well as tasting room director, and head of QC.

For more information on Masset Winery, click here.

It’s great to know that Greg’s persistence has paid off… I remember when he just started and had to buy California fruit…

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