I received an E-Mail from FIX that’s worth sharing, about red wine varieties that are off the beaten path, which includes Petite Sirah.
Hey, Jo, My name is Kat and I work for Fix.com. We recently published an article by Joe Roberts, creator of wine website 1WineDude about branching out, and discovering different varieties of red wine. The article explains that while the go-to Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots are always delectable, sometimes we need to try something new.
Joe mentions the Petite Sirah grape in particular. He notes that it is a great variety to try if you usually go for a big, brash and bold red wine. I have been researching people that I believe would benefit from hosting this information and noticed that you have mentioned Petite Sirah wines in the past. I wanted to introduce myself and discuss the possibility of you using some (or all) of the content in our red wine guide on your site or resource section. We’d welcome the exposure to your readers, and I’m sure they would welcome the information, especially if they feel they are facing a wine rut.
I’ve mentioned Petite Sirah in the past… Ah, yeah… From 2002 to the present, I’ve been eating, drinking, and sleeping Petite Sirah. Someone who is outside of the wine business would never know that. Also, many people within the wine business have no clue, either; but I gave her some background and some endorsements from people in the know…
As I looked at this info graphic, I decided that I did like it a lot, for the sake of Petite Sirah and would share it with others, as suggested by Kat, because Petite Sirah is a growing phenomenon. I just read this in the Sacramento Bee, the other day, and thought… okay…
October 03, 2014
“Feast Q&A: Darrell Corti talks farm-to-fork and ‘Legends of Wine’ event”
How about a red grape varietal that signifies the Sacramento area? Petite sirah. How could this have happened? Petite sirah sells incredibly better than syrah and it wasn’t supposed to be like that. Petite sirah almost became extinct in California. It can be dense, inky and thick and unappealing. Curiously, in areas where people have (success) with it, like Clarksburg, the wine is not like that. There’s a certain lightness to the wine. I think the producers started looking at this wine, which was used primarily for blending, and it was terrific for giving color, and realized it needs a lighter hand in making it.
For those of you who don’t know Darrell Corti of Corti Brothers, he’s “Bacchus in a Blue Overcoat” and you’ll find him in Sacramento. When Darrell Corti speaks, everyone in the Sacramento area listens.
I would enjoy any of the following wines, for those of you who are adventurously daring individuals. I also like that Joe has suggested spicy foods to try with Petite. Chef and educator Joyce Goldstein feels the same way, and made a great presentation at one of the Petite Sirah Symposiums at Concannon Vineyard a couple of years ago. Great minds think alike.
Check it out. This is a fun image on Fix.com.