Archive for the Tag 'Petite Sirah'

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John Caldwell Viticultural Services presents ~ The Guide to Wine Grape Clones

This book has been in my library ever since I was working with Concannon Vineyard. I was hired, because of my expertise with Petite Sirah. At that time, Concannon wanted the world to know that Concannon Vineyard was the first – ever – to varietally label Petite Sirah. I expanded my services to include everything […]

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Petite Sirah FAQs

My very first blog posting on December 29, 2005; this was my first wine blog topic. I’m doubling back 15 years later, and not much has changed, in terms of the questions surrounding this intriguing and exclusive wine grape variety. If you’ve been lucky to taste some spectacular ones, you’re a rare palate in the […]

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Petite Retreat ~ Tuesday, June 6, 2017

This even has been cancelled. Petite RetreatJose Diaz2017-04-24T13:20:02+00:00 Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Location: The Vineyard Club – 355 Rockmound Road, Geyserville, CA 95441 – Click here to “Map It” Registration: PS I Love You Members – $80 / Non Member – $100 Registration Link ~ www.psiloveyou.org/petite-retreat Agenda: 8:30 […]

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White with Fish, Red with Murder ~ a novel by Harley Mazuk

White with Fish, Red with Murder, by Harvey Mazuk, is a murder mystery set in San Francisco and Russian River Valley in 1948. Harley Mazuk’s novel is one where you imagine Art Deco influences, with Humphrey Bogart (playing P.I. Frank Swiver) and Lauren Becall (Cicillia “Cici” O’Callaghan, as a brunette) getting it on in more […]

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Still With The “Y?” ~ Why?

PS I Love You began in October, 2002. Today this Petite Sirah advocacy is still actively educating. It’s 14 years later. Early on, when I’d help wine writers to understand that Petite Sirah is not spelled with a “Y,” I’d mostly get people thanking me for the education. I do remember correcting one person, however, […]

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Congratulations, Paul Draper, on your retirement

My hat’s off to you, sir, as I join the legion of others who celebrate all of your contributions. You not only enriched the PS I Love You agenda, but you have enriched my life, too. I asked, you helped. What more could anyone ask of another and be so rewarded for years to follow?

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In the morphing of time, what once was, becomes what is new again

[Artwork by John Tewey, Portland Maine Rotary Club] People in Maine sent me off with the tribute to the right. By December 29, 1992, I was on a plane with husband, kids, pets, and all of my earthly belongings… With thoughts of, “Would I ever have such appreciation and understanding again?” Now, when the grape […]

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PS I Love You Report Card, 14 years later

Reviewing the Mission Statement “To promote, educate, and legitimize Petite Sirah as a heritage variety, with a special emphasis on its terroir uniqueness.” Since 98 percent of its terroir being California, we’ve got that covered. This mission statement was created after the first Petite Sirah Symposium. Since 2002, when winemakers had stated that publicity had […]

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Happy Father’s Day, Syrah!

[Copyright: mcininch / 123RF Stock Photo ~ Purchased image.] Credit where credit is due… Syrah (father) + Peloursin (mother) = Petite Sirah I did NOT write the following, in this rendition. This was written by Stephanie Douglas of Aratas Wine, who – like me – just “gets it.” History, lineage, heritage, passion… We’re on it! […]

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Rewriting a Wine Bible ~ Sirah

I have a granddaughter whose middle name is Sirah… Yes, in honor of my life’s work that’s involved Petite Sirah. I’ve been writing stories for my grandchildren, and I recently thought, “How can I explain to a two year old what her middle name means to me personally, and why she was given this particular […]