I read a story by a writer, who wrote about Petite Sirah. Weeks ago I privately sent the author adjustments, but she’s never replied to my Email and has not updated her content. It drives me bananas to see incorrect and misleading information put onto the Internet as law…

So, where does one go, especially after every attempt has been made to correct the misleading info?

Posting on any Web 2.0 site now allows for some updates, so that if anyone’s searching for these details, there’s a least an updated corrected version… I welcome corrections on this site when I’ve made an error. (I gotten over not being perfect a long time ago.)

Otherwise, the Internet doesn’t have all the correct answers.

Besides the title being misleading, all in the story’s first paragraph, I read three sentences, and each one was uniformed:

“There are many facts that I could help you with,” I wrote, “in case you’d like to have all of the updated info, so your facts are the latest.”

What I read that gave me an immediate knee jerk reaction:

  • TITLE:  The English Form Of Petite Syrah (Oh, Lordy Lord… The English have had nothing to do with Petite Sirah. In 1884, Francois Durif (France) crossed Syrah – the father plant- with Peloursin – the mother plant, and Petite Sirah was created as vitis vinifer from the Rhone. Charles McIver is historically the first person to bring PS to the US in the late 1880’s,  bringing it to Mission San Jose. McIver dubbed it Petite Sirah. The rest is history, which you can find on the PS I Love You Website.)

I get my numbers from CA ag stats, and from Patrick Fegan of the Chicago Wine School (the international numbers). Here’s that chart that I created, and have beenmaintaining for the last seven years.

  • SHE WROTE:  Petite Sirah comes from the Durif grapes grown primarily in California and Australia.  (UPDATE: There are a bit over 8,000 acres in the world ~ 7,000 acres are in CA, the other 1,000 are in Australia, Israel, Mexico, etc. – It’s primarily grown in the US, by sheer statistics.)
  • SHE WROTE: Although the grape was originally developed in France in the late 1800’s by crossing several varieties of grapes, mainly the Syrah (http://www.wineaccess.com/wine/grape/Syrah/Shiraz) and Peloursin grape, (UPDATE: Only two, not several varieties – Syrah – the father, and Peloursin – the mother. Several could be misleading, and having people wanting to research other varieties, which don’t exist for this crossing.)
  • SHE WROTE: The name “petite” can refer to either the very small berries that grow on the vines or the small yield that comes from harvesting the grapes. (UPDATE: This variety is VERY prolific, and can easily produce 10 Tons to an acre. It has to be cut back/dropped, because it’s such a plentiful grape plant.)

I Emailed the updates to her, but she has not responded – as I’ve noted, and this story is now all over the Internet, as she’s discovered how to have her stories be uploaded everywhere.

This is the scary part of journalism which we all fear. Information that has not had the kind of research that trained journalists produce and deliver. They were all so trusted, and now I’m a bit dubious about what’s being delivered, especially in this fashion. It’s truly “Buyer Beware” on the Internet.

Here’s where this is located on the Internet, through a quick Google search:

  1. Cooking Articles
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  3. Article Dashboard
  4. Ezine Articles
  5. Twitter
  6. Ajc
  7. Coctail Party Food Ideas
  8. Idea Marketers
  9. Free Articles
  10. It Was So Easy
  11. One Unites.Com

It will continue to grow (as will my gray hair). And, this/my blog entry consequently needs to exist, so that it falls into the search as corrected information, because the author is making no effort to correct her content. I never thought I’d have to be a watch dog, of yet something else, but there you go.

The author, by the way, is a freelance marketing writer based out of San Diego, CA. She specializes in philosophy, society, and culture. With many articles to her credit, she is not a wine specialist, so it’s easy to not know about the quintessential web site, PS I Love You, and all of its updated information for writers and readers about Petite Sirah.

Petite Sirah The English Form Of Petite Syrah