June 14, 2018

“The Zen of barbecue: Michael David's Petite Sirahs and two ways of baby back ribs”
Randy Caparoso
Of course, like variations of barbecue, there are variations of barbecue-friendly wines. Michael David Winery-the largest of Lodi's home-grown, family owned wineries (now nearing a million-case yearly production), produces two styles of Petite Sirah: the red wine varietal that is perhaps the essence of barbecued food-friendliness because of its natural penchant for fruity qualities generous in blueberry/blackberry flavors, often spiked with peppercorn qualities derived from higher-than -average (compared to any other wine) spice components scientists have recently identified as rotundone (for more details, see our post, The smell of spice in autumn wines).
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June 12, 2018

“Gus Clemens: Dad won't whine about these wines”
Abilene News - Part of USA Today network
Gus Clemens
Stags' Leap The Investor Napa Valley Red Wine 2015: Excellent, tasty Bordeaux-style red blend with a California twist (petite sirah). $45-55
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June 08, 2018

“ Wine: Four grapes that will help you kick the cabernet sauvignon habit”
Montreal Gazette
Bill Zacharkiw
Petite sirah: If you love California cab, this is your grape. It actually predates cabernet sauvignon in the state as it was part of the original plantings by Italian immigrants in the 19th century. Especially in the warmest growing zones, the grape has the ability to maintain its natural acidity and tannin much better than cabernet, while delivering the same rich fruitiness and texture. Most quality zinfandels have petite sirah as part of the blend for this reason. Try Foppiano...or if you like sweeter reds, then the Petite Petit from Michael David.
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June 05, 2018

“Morton's the Steakhouse: A Classic High-End Steakhouse Experience”
The Daily Meal
Dan Myers, Editor
After taking our seats in a cozy booth in the dim, relatively featureless dining room of the Fifth Avenue location (the primary decor is illuminated black and white photos of Times Square and other New York landmarks), our amiable server took our drink orders and provided a thorough overview of the different steaks on offer as well as a rundown of the seasonal specials printed on a postcard tucked into the menus (this is a chain restaurant, after all). Our Negroni and gimlet were well-made, and the wine list is large and admirable; we found a reasonably priced Stags' Leap petite sirah.
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May 25, 2018

“The Best Wine Pairings For Your Favorite BBQ And Grilled Foods”
Noma Nazish
California Petite Sirah: This bold Californian red wine pairs well with a wide range of delicacies like grilled steak, grilled hamburgers, BBQ ribs, grilled pork tenderloin and grilled or barbecued venison. Try 2014 Stag's Leap Petite Sirah.
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April 27, 2018

“Wine of the Week: Parducci True Grit Reserve Petite Sirah 2015 ”
Winona Daily News
Chris and Sherry Hardie
Parducci Wine Cellars has produced wines from Mendocino County, Calif., for 85 years and has come out with a series of True Grit Reserve wines, claiming that iconic and great wines require passion, perseverance and grit. This is 100 percent petite sirah that is aged for 15 months in French and American oak and comes in at a hefty 14.5 percent alcohol. Buckle up for a big wine ride as there are plenty of berry and dark fruit flavors to please the palate. Sherry: "Beautiful dark, inky color with flavors of raspberry, black currant and black cherry with a floral finish".... Chris: 'A nose of blackberry with blackberry and raspberry flavors and a vanilla finish"...
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April 20, 2018

“A Wine by Any Other Name ”
Columbia Star
Erlinda Doherty
...Petite Sirah... is the Yankee alias for the Durif grape but is not a diminutive version of Syrah as the moniker might imply. Also a French native, this wine is anything but petit[e] as the resulting wines are inky dark, bold, and more tannic than Syrah. The name likely refers to the smaller sized, yet thicker-skinned, berries they have in comparison to Syrah. Never really gaining a foothold in France, California is the world's main producer of Petite Sirah. Try Mettler Family Vineyards from Lodi ($24.99, Bottles) for a solid expression of this lesser-known grape.
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April 09, 2018

“International Women in Wine Celebration April 28th ”
Miami Beach Chamber
Theodora Lee is owner of Theopolis Vineyards in Yorkville Highlands, CA. Ms. Lee is also a senior partner and trial lawyer at Littler Mendelson, P.C. Her passion for wine began in 1987 primarily due to the influence of her law firm mentors who owned vineyards. After completing courses in viticulture, Ms. Lee purchased sheep land in the Yorkville Highlands of Anderson Valley, and began developing her vineyard. Established in 2003, Theodora's first harvest of her estate grown Petite Sirah received stellar ratings of 94-96 points by wine Critic Robert.
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March 28, 2018

“At the 2018 Petite Masters Panel - Going to a World Wrestling match, ending up at a Bolshoi Ballet ”
Randy Caparoso ~ California Wine & Food Adventures
Randy Caparoso
March 23, 2018 At the 2018 Petite Masters Panel - Going to a World Wrestling match, ending up at a Bolshoi Ballet Classic broad shouldered, cylindrical cluster morphology of Petite Sirah California grown Petite Sirah (a.k.a. Durif) has never been counted among the world's 'great' red wines; despite an evidently fanatical fan base, driving steadily growing production (there are now over 1,000 brands of California Petite Sirah, which is well over 10 times more than there were just 15 years ago). ~ Yet this also-ran image might change. I caught at least a glimmer of that at an event called Petite Masters Panel and Walk Around Tasting, put on by P.S. I Love You, that indefatigable 'Petite Sirah Advocacy Organization,' at Culinary Institute of America's Copia Classroom this past March 18, 2018.
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February 17, 2018

“Petite Port brings big Flavor ”
The Emporia Gazette
Regina Murphy
California winery Bogle's Old River Vineyard is prized for its concentrated and rich Petite Sirah grapes. The vintners wanted to produce a ruby-style Port so the fruit was allowed to hang on the vine an additional month past the usual harvest. "The sugar in the grapes intensified," states the website. "...and when selectively hand picked on October 22, 2014 was at 29.2 degrees brix."
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February 15, 2018

“Petite Sirah: Delicious wines from an underrated grape”
Napa Valley Register
Bob Ecker
Big, bold and powerful American red wines come in many varieties. But for me, full-bodied, well-crafted Petite Sirahs are where many palates have been heading the past 20 years. Substantial, dark and eminently drinkable, these wines should be tried and experienced. MEMBER WINES INCLUDED: Concannon Vineyard, Stags' Leap Winery, Robert Biale Vineyards, Tenbrink Vineyards, Stanton Vineyards, Theopolis Vineyards, Trentadue Vineyards, Miro Cellars
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February 14, 2018

“When Carl Doumani Calls ~ A Petite Master Has Answers”
Wine-Blog, Juicy Tales
Jo Diaz
PS I Love You champions Dave Pramuk (Robert Biale Vineyards) and Stephanie Douglas (Aratas Wines) have been quietly working with the CIA behind the scenes to bring consumers an outstanding Petite event. We once had a "Masters of Petite Sirah" night at Markham. This new one is not to be confused with the one we had, because we won't be purposefully tasting aged Petite Sirahs, per se. This one is going to be for current vintages.
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January 31, 2018

“An introduction”
Marshall Independent
Ron Skjong
Concannon's Petite Sirah has a luscious mouth feel. Upon taking a sip, the richness of the grape explodes in your mouth. There's a wonderful blueberry taste that is buttressed by some mild spiciness, but the finish is the most interesting. Rather than having a dry spicy finish, this wine's finish is long lasting and soft. If you haven't tried a petite sirah, this is the perfect one with which to begin.
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January 30, 2018

“A wine with romantic intentions ”
The Emporia Gazette
Regina Murphy
Bogle Vineyards has produced a line just for that effect. I think these would be particularly interesting for Valentine's Day. Not everyone wants pastel pinks and sparkles. The Phantom label and flavor are both seductive, and slightly dangerous. The line is a tribute to a presence the owners and winemakers have felt at Bogle. They have dubbed this presence "The Phantom," and feel it watches over their work, ensuring the legacy is maintained. It's a fun concept, more so for Halloween. However, what if you want to tell your Valentine your intentions to steal their heart, haunt their dreams, sweep them away into the moonlit vineyard and have your way with them?
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January 30, 2018

“From the Vine: Pruning is a critical step in the vineyard”
Bob Highfill
Charlie and Max chased each other through rows of grape vines. Charlie would pause, lay on her belly and gnaw on canes strewn on the ground before Max prodded her to resume the chase. It's a dog's life in the vineyard. Charlie belongs to Kyle Lerner, owner of Harney Lane Winery & Vineyards, and Max never is too far from his owner Luis Reyes, general manager of Mettler & Son. On Saturday, they had some company, as more than a dozen Harney Lane wine club members walked into an 18-year-old, trellised Primitivo vineyard and learned about the critically important and labor-intensive pruning process.
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January 29, 2018

“Hurrah! Petite Masters is Happening in March 2018”
Wine-Blog, Juicy Tales
Jo Diaz
PS I Love You Champions Dave Pramuk (Robert Biale Vineyards) and Stephanie Douglas (Aratas Wines) have been quietly working behind the scenes to bring consumers an outstanding event. We once had a "Masters of Petite Sirah" event. This new one is not to be confused with the one we once had, because it won"t be tasting aged Petite Sirahs. This one is going to be for current vintages.
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January 23, 2018

“Good news from Wine Spectator on Bogle's Petite Sirah: "13 Hearty Rhone Reds from California"”
Wine Spectator
Tim Fish
BOGLE Petite Sirah California 2015... Dark and brooding, with dense blackberry and licorice flavors. Drink now through 2023. 151,000 cases made. by T.F.
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January 13, 2018

“Berryessa Gap Vineyards features international flare”
Winters Express
TJ Schluns
You can start your Highway 128 wine tasting adventure at the internationally acclaimed Berryessa Gap Vineyards. This family owned winery evolved from a grapevine rootstock nursery back in 1969 into the award-wining winery it is today with the teaming of entrepreneurs, famers, pioneers and immigrants. Berryessa Gap Winery was founded in 2002 by Dan Martinez of Winters, Davis winemaker Mike Anderson and Winters grower Santiago Moreno.
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