Open letter to those of you who want to call Petite Sirah “a distant relative of Syrah…”
Great story you’ve just written. In 2002, after a Petite Sirah symposium that I put on for Lou Foppiano, I started the wine grape advocacy group PS I Love You. The facts and figures you have used come from my doing due diligence. Nice to see them being used. (I have some updates for those, for my 2016 version.)
There is one point that I’d love to share with you. It’s the most common misconception about Petite Sirah. The term “distant cousin” is constantly being used. Straight from Dr. Carol Meredith, Professor Emeritus of UC Davis, when she discovered the DNA fingerprinting, here’s what she said to me.
Also, Please take this as it’s intended… just education. I’ve had people become angry with me, and that’s never been my intent, when I’ve tried to give them the correct information. Studying PS for the last 14 years has given me a lot of insight, which I love sharing. (I even have a granddaughter whose middle name is Sirah!)
- Syrah is the father
- Peloursin is the mother
- Petite Sirah is the son of Syrah and Peloursin
- There is NO distant cousin
- It is a direct descendant… a total offspring
The reference to “distant” is what tends to confuse what it is. Just like:
- Symphony comes from Muscat of Alexandria and Grenache Gris
- Cabernet Sauvignon comes from Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc
- Petite Sirah comes from Syrah and Peloursin
I’ve just saved this explanation, because in the last 14 years, I’ve explained this a few hundred times… Seriously. Once it was out there on the Internet, it became the rule; when it’s actually not the rule. It’s part of the confusion.
It’s a passion. Petite Sirah, the son of Syrah…