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Open letter to Vinesse

First of all, I’d rather have written this to you via Email, but you have no Email options on your site. I’ve written about that one recently. Those who aren’t transparent about who they are leave no options, and I am forced to find a more creative way to get updated info to you… Like using my own blog as a message center. I’m trying to help you have more up to the minute information, and apologize that it has to be so public.

And, this is what this blog posting is now about… Getting updated info to you. Please take it in the spirit of generosity for which it was intended.

I love your story about “9 Fascinating Facts About Petite Sirah.

There are two facts that need to be updated. Let me give you your list right here, because you’ve nailed seven of the nine perfectly:

Posted in: Wine in the Glass, Jun 30, 2011 – 9:00 AM © Copyright 2011 by VinesseToday.com

  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. It’s possible that Petite Sirah is distantly related to Syrah, but there’s no question they are two entirely different varieties.
  6. Three venerable California wineries have long been champions of Petite Sirah: Parducci, Foppiano and Concannon.
  7. There are approximately 3,500 acres of the variety planted in Argentina–about the same acreage as in California.
  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.

The edits that you must consider are the following, and I must point this out; otherwise, your story continues to confuse an already very confused public, and this includes writers, sommeliers (yes, I said sommeliers), wine shop owners, chefs, restaurateurs, etc.

5.  It’s possible that Petite Sirah is distantly related to Syrah, but there’s no question they are two entirely different varieties.

Petite Sirah is a cross between Syrah and Peloursin, as discover by Dr. Carol Meredith, professor emeritus of UC Davis’s enology department. Syrah is the father, Peloursin is the mother; so, it’s not distant… Your father and mother produced you, and that’s very closely related. Just as your parents are very unique, so are you… Just as Petite Sirah is to its parents.

7.  There are approximately 3,500 acres of the variety planted in Argentina–about the same acreage as in California.

The following is a chart of acres in California, that I’ve been keeping since 2002.

Finally, years ago, I had stats on world acreage, and unless something miraculous has happened in Argentina, in 2009 the acres were only in the hundreds. I’ll have to give my pal Patrick Fegan of the Chicago Wine School a call to get the latest on Argentina’s acreage, because I’m not convinced that it’s as high as you’ve listed. Until I have my facts checked, I’m only stating what I think, based on studying the variety since 2002. Back with more as soon as I have it. I’m in the height of my season producing an annual Petite Sirah event. This may launch before I have the final Argentinian acres. I apologize, but it’s distressing to me to have more info that needs immediate editing. Back in a bit…

To keep up with more information, please visit PS I Love You’s Website, www.psiloveyou.org... PS = Petite Sirah.

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4 Responses to “Open letter to Vinesse”

  1. We’re a group of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community. Your weblog provided us important information to work on. You’ve done a marvelous job!

  2. Mitch says:

    So if Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc begat Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah and Peloursin begat Petite Sirah…what do you think we’d get with Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah crossing paths?

  3. Jo Diaz says:

    Petite Grande… LOL… Nice to see you, again!

  4. Jo Diaz says:

    Great email…

    Thank you for the item on your blog about Petite Sirah from today. I’m delighted that you stopped by and VT. Thanks for that and for your comment. I absolutely take it in the spirit it’s given. — Nick

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