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Petite Sirah,PS I Love You,Viticulture,Wine

What if there were more Petite Sirah? Nurseries, it’s time to take note…

Leave your trending reports behind, dear nursery friends, because the trending reporters never call me. We’re too inconsequential for them, or we’re just not on their radar screen. That said, I’ve been keeping facts and figures on Petite Sirah since February 2002. I have 10 years devoted to this singular study.

What do you think of this trend below?

What does this one tell you?
Okay, here’s another trend.

Why am I telling you this?

I get asked questions from all over the world about Petite Sirah. Last week, I got an email from an Oklahoman asking me the following:

[He] I have just started a vineyard in Oklahoma and would like to plant Petite Sirah. Where can I get some vines or cuttings. I would even travel to CA to help prune some vines if I could get some good cuttings.

To which I responded in typical, brief Maine-iac style; because our mission to promote Petite as a variety, not finding cuttings:

[She] People in California usually buy their cuttings from nurseries, but I don’t have those names. I wish I could be more helpful. I primarily work with marketing the finished product.

[He] I have tried several nurseries in CA and they are all out. If you know of someone who could use some help pruning their vines, I would drive out and help for some cuttings.

[She] I’ll ask the members.

…and I did.

If people are coming to PSILY, because they can’t get any answers from wine grape nurseries, you may want to rethink your plans for 2012… Just saying…

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4 Responses to “What if there were more Petite Sirah? Nurseries, it’s time to take note…”

  1. Sondra says:

    Well, what the graphs show, for sure, is how an organization, like yours can promote a varietal – you have done an amazing job. Since you turned me onto PS, it is now my ‘house wine.’ And I can’t tell you how excited I was to discover that I turned on a few people to make PS their new favorite wine!

    One sip at a time! and perhaps for that winemaker one snip at a time.

  2. Jo Diaz says:

    Thanks, Sondra. Your enjoying it might also have something to do with your studying it through a microscope’s lens. No one knows better than you what a complex variety Petite is. It’s not predictable, nor easily benchmarked. This makes for an exciting experience with each new producer’s PS. Hum… we certainly love the complex, don’t we?

  3. I work at David Fulton Winery located in Napa Valley’s St. Helena Appellation. We have 14 acres of Petite Sirah. The vineyard was planted originally about 150 years ago. I don’t work in our vineyard, but will offer ThirstyGirl a contact if we can make cuttings available. 🙂
    “One Vineyard, One Wine, Made Great”

  4. We will gladly provide cuttings to those who would like to help us prune our 5 acre Petite Sirah Vineyard in Lodi, CA. Please contact us at thisvinelife@gmail.com.

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