Archive for the Tag 'Durif'


Should Petite Sirah be a Rhône variety?

I was just asked this question: Should Petite Sirah be a Rhône varietal? My answer: I don’t think of it as a Rhône variety. I think of it having Rhône roots, but nobody seems to advocate/brag for its Rhôneness… including me. It’s an American transplant, all the way. This is also just my humble opinion. With this one, […]


31st Annual Riverside International Wine Competition with a Twist

It’s been a while since I’ve touted the virtues of a wine competition; not because it’s not been worth it, but because there’s not been anything new under the sun, in my thinking. I believe in them, regardless of the fact that it involves so many palates and a collective opinion is formed. Having been […]


Historic Vineyard Society

This is a group, even though I’m not involved, that’s near and dear to my heart. With my involvement on behalf of Petite Sirah, and PS being a heritage grape variety, I get what this group is doing… Preservation and historical relevance, I can dig that. I’ve been fighting hard for the last nine years […]


A benefit to being a member of any advoacy group ~ We make you look good

The following contains so many mistakes about Petite Sirah that it made my head spin. I’m going to list them, and then I’m going to edit them; because, as I’ve said more than once, to have misinformation on the Internet about Petite Sirah, the most confusing grape of all time, does it a grave injustice. […]


There’s Magic in Northern California, And It’s So RAD

Map is provided with the courtesy of the Sonoma Country Winegrape Commission. In a very small area of California’s wine grape growing regions, there are three very special American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) that are resplendent with things to do, places to go, and people to see. They’re so RAD, as in Russian River, Alexander, and […]


One of the Best Wine Country Picnic Sites ~ Gustafson Family Vineyards

A sensational winery, with sweeping vistas in so many directions, Gustafson Family Vineyards is a favorite for those who enjoy taking the time to visit a “destination” winery. The excursion up the Dry Creek Valley mountainside takes you on an exploratory adventure; and, it’s one that you won’t soon forget. Imagine being 1,800 above sea […]


He Wrote, “This is troubling indeed.” I agree, it’s a sign of the times…

One of my wine writing/blogging pals sent an Email to me about an article that he had read about Petite Sirah. That same day, I also got a call from a long time producer of Petite Sirah. Both of them had read this same story, which I had also read. It was about Petite Sirah, […]


Dark & Delicious Silent Auction is On Its Way

In keeping up with telling you that PS I Love You is completely grassroots, and the only way we survive is through those wine companies that support our every effort, I thought sharing this with you gives you a real bird’s eye view into the workings of an advocacy group. The greatest reason is that […]


Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in Federal Register: Petite Sirah and Durif to *finally* become synonyms

The Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau (TTB) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on January 19, 2011 in the Federal Register, which proposes to add several new names to the regulatory list of grape variety names approved for use in designating American wines. Link for Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Petite Sirah and Durif […]


The Golden Age of Petite Sirah ~ 1961 to 2011

It was in early 2002 that I first learned about Petite Sirah… I had no clue what it was, where it came from, or even where it was going. Lou Foppiano introduced me to it, when I was hired to be Foppiano Vineyards’ publicist. I worked that gig for the next seven years. I learned […]