November 20, 2009

“Petite Sirah Gains Admirers”
Napa Valley Register
Dan Berger
Petite sirah is a grape variety that usually isn't so petite and has little to do with syrah (other than being its offspring). But it is a grape that more producers are making into a varietal wine, and more and more are using it to add depth, color and character to their red wine blends.
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November 18, 2009

“Pulling Teeth for Petite Sirah”
timesrecordnews.com
Doug Harmon
Getting wine drinkers to step out of their circle of comfort and try something different is sometimes like pulling teeth!
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November 16, 2009

“Dan Berger: Interest in Petite Sirah Grows”
PressDemocrat.com
Dan Berger
Petite sirah is a grape variety that usually isn't so petite and has little to do with syrah (other than being its offspring). But it is a grape that more and more producers are making into a varietal wine...
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November 16, 2009

“10 Stylish California Reds”
WineSpectator.com
MaryAnn Worobiec
As distinctive as Petite Sirah is for its concentration, inky dark color and sometimes chewy tannins, it's also a wine that can be very stylish...
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November 11, 2009

“Nothing 'Petite' about these big Sirahs”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Gail Appleson
I haven't seen many Petite Sirahs around St. Louis, particularly in grocery stores...
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October 04, 2009

“Petite Sirah, Notes and Speculations”
reignofterroir.com
Ken Payton
"What is in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Just as Romeo and Juliet, the "star-crossed" lovers, would learn, the awful truth is that a name, a proper name, is a difficult obstacles to overcome...
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October 04, 2009

“Similar in Name, Not the Same”
Ventura County Star
Len Napolitano
The question comes up often: Are syrah and petite sirah the same wines?

Petite sirah, also known as durif, is often used as a blending grape...
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September 06, 2009

“Much-Denigrated Petite Sirah Gets More Respect”
San Francisco Chronicle
John Winthrop Haeger
Over the last decade, while infatuations with Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio have grabbed some of California's wine business headlines, a stealth story has been woven around Petite Sirah.
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August 27, 2009

“Growth of Petite Sirah”
Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences
Dan Berger
Wine changes all the time, and one of certain factors is how major trends develop that have no precursors. Except to those who follow the tiny factors in the statistics.
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August 13, 2009

“Images from the PS Symposium”
Wine-Blog.org
Jo Diaz
If pictures are worth a thousand words, and having to process each thumbnail takes about 10 minutes per photo, this blog posting just took a lot more time than it would have taken me to write my usual 1,000.
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August 06, 2009

“Petite-O-Files Gather in Livermore for 7th Annual Symposium”
winebusiness.com
Laura Ness
Primarily a backbone blender, Petite Sirah has long suffered the indignities of anonymity. Just ask any member of the P.S. I Love You organization...
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August 05, 2009

“Don't Call It Durif”
grapcrafter.com
Clark Smith
Just returned from a very interesting day at the 7th annual symposium of PS I Love You, featuring a wide variety of interesting speakers...
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August 04, 2009

“Petite Sirah Growth Curve”
vintagenewworld.com
Rusty Eddy
Just returned from the seventh annual Petite Sirah Symposium at Concannon Winery in Livermore (great host winery, by the way). What really struck me is...
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July 21, 2009

“P.S. I Love You”
discover.winecountry.com
Courtney Cochran
Once upon a time, there was a wine so big, so bold and so outrageously outsized that its fans felt ashamed admitting it was their favorite...
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July 15, 2009

“The Seventh Annual Petite Sirah Symposium Coming August 4th”
winebusiness.com
New location, same passion and camaraderie to be experienced by industry leaders who grow and produce Petite Sirah. The Seventh Annual Petite Sirah Symposium has moved from Foppiano Vineyards to Concannon Vineyard in Livermore Valley.
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July 15, 2009

“Petite Sirah Primer”
newtimesslo.com
Kathy Marcks Hardesty
I love wine in all of its varieties, colors, and textures, from most producers. But I do not love all varieties equally, particularly Petite Sirah. This masculine, tannic variety has such brawny, beefy characteristics...
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July 01, 2009

“Petite Sirah”
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
Charles Olken
We are no strangers to inky-colored wines with bold tannins. Lots of grapes can be induced to produce concentrated wines whose brawn...
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June 22, 2009

“Tasting Highlights: California Petite Sirah”
Wine Spectator Online
MaryAnn Worobiec
Petite Sirah is known for its personality: a dense and muscular red that stands out for chewy tannins and bold flavors. This group of Petite Sirah isn't shy on personality or taste...
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June 16, 2009

“Syrah, Petite Sirah, Shiraz: What is the difference?”
elementarywine.com
Modern science comes in handy with wine quite frequently. The bulk of the grapes in California called Petite Sirah since the late 19th century...
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May 26, 2009

“Visiting Biale Vineyards”
wannabewino.com
Sonadora
For our final stop of the day with Jo and her family, we visited Robert Biale Vineyards. We must have happened by at the right time as we were lucky enough to meet family patriarch Aldo Biale...
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May 23, 2009

“A Petite Feat”
Wine Review Online/Decanter Magazine
Linda Murphy
As objective as wine critics try to be, most have a style or two of wine, or certain grape varieties, they don't enjoy drinking. Consumers certainly have prejudices, too...
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May 22, 2009

“Who's Hill? Judd's Hill!”
wannabewine.com
Sonadora
On our first day in Napa, for our third stop of the day with Jo and family, we headed to Judd's Hill for tasting and lunch...
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May 20, 2009

“I've Never Seen a Place Like This”
wannabewino.com
Sonadora
And I mean that quite literally. Quixote may just be the most unique winery I've ever seen. We stopped at Quixote second on our Winos in a Limo day with Jo Diaz...
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May 06, 2009

“Winos in a Limo”
wannabewino.com
Sonadora
Quite some time ago, I communicated with Jo Diaz of Diaz Communications and the wine blog "Wine Blog-Juicy Tales By Jo Diaz" about Petite Sirah...
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April 27, 2009

“Petite Sirah: One Grape, Different expressions”
passioantefoodie.blogspot.com
Richard Auffrey
You can learn much about a grape by tasting several different wines, comparing and contrasting different styles, blends, terroirs and more. The same grape can sometimes make radically different wines...
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April 27, 2009

“Petite Sirah California's Unsung Hero - Part 1”
Snooth Blog (blog.snooth.com)
Gregory Dal Piaz
Say Wha? You say? No it's true, well as true as something like this can be. Petite Sirah, aka Duriff, has toiled in anonymity for years...
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April 17, 2009

“The Cure for the Common Cabernet Sauvignon”
winekulers.com
Gil Kulers
I'm so over winter 2009, but it just won't breathe its last chilly breath. In the outside chance that this is the dawning of a new Ice Age, I decided to review the Official Wine of the New Ice Age--Petite Sirah.
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April 17, 2009

“The Second Leg of a Marketing Journey ~ BTT in Charlotte, Atlanta, Orlando, and Miami”
wine-blog.org
Jo Diaz
CHARLOTTE HISTORICAL: The Ballantyne Resort venue was an example of true Southern Hospitality: delicious food, delightful guests, delectable Petite Sirah.
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April 16, 2009

“Gil Kulers' Wine Picks”
The Atlanta Journal Constitution
Gil Kulers
Cabernet sauvignon drinkers who may be scaling back their purchases may be a tad disappointed by the sameness of the $15 and under cabs. Now may be the time to pick up a bottle of something a little different...
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April 16, 2009

“The Second Leg of a Marketing Journey ~ BTT in Boston, New York, and Baltimore”
wine-blog.org
Jo Diaz
BOSTON HISTORICAL: The first Petite Sirah tasting was held at Clio Restaurant in the Eliot Hotel on Commonwealth Avenue, in Boston's historic and fashionable Back Bay neighborhood.
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April 10, 2009

“The First Leg of a Marketing Journey ~ BTT in Santa Fe, Dallas, and Houston”
wine-blog.org
Jo Diaz
Santa Fe - The Blue Tooth Tour has to thank Walter Gallegos, formerly of Southern Wines & Spirits, who's based in Albuquerque, but intimately knows Santa Fe. Walter was Southern's wine educator, so this event was a natural for him...
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April 09, 2009

“The First Leg of a Marketing Journey - Blue Tooth Tour in SF, LA, and Phoenix”
wine-blog.org
Jo Diaz
Pre San Francisco - As we began to think about six people living in a 32-foot motor home for 13 days, we realized that it would be much better if...
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April 04, 2009

“New California Wine Varietals Quench America's Thirst for Diversity”
wineinline.wordpress.com
...recent data shows that the state's winegrowers and vintners are increasingly catering to wine enthusiasts' thirst for varietal diversity...
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April 01, 2009

“Petite Sirah”
Chicago Wine Examiner
Patrick Feagan
Most wine-drinkers have heard of the grape called Syrah--or Shiraz, as the Australians and others call it. It is one of the world's most widely planted grapes and it's a best seller in the country. But few have any notion of what Petite Sirah is...
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February 24, 2009

“The PaSt is Prelude”
PSychospath.com
Lowell Jacobson
Whew. Dark and Delicious was flat-out AMAZING...
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February 24, 2009

“The "Delicious" in Dark & Delicious”
wine-blog.org
Jo Diaz
Petite Sirah on its own is "big, black, bold, and beautiful," according to PS I Love You member John Monnich of Silkwood Wines. I couldn't agree more...
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February 23, 2009

“Dark & Delicious ~ Another Sell Out Success”
wine-blog.org
Jo Diaz
PS I Love You's Third Annual Dark & Delicious event was another sell out success. At Kent Rosenblum's new Rock Wall Wine Company...
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February 22, 2009

“Petite Sirah - Wine of the Week”
slashfood.com
Gretchen Roberts
Petite Sirah is a grape that belies its name--theres absolutely nothing petite about it. The wine is big, bold, robust...
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February 18, 2009

“Petite Sirah the Next Great Value Red?”
Chicago Daily Herald
Mary Ross
While prices of Zinfandel continue to rise, Petite Sirah is poised to become America's next great-value red.
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February 11, 2009

“The 'Little' Grape That Could”
Quarterly Review of Wines
Richard Paul Hinkle
It is instructive to observe and review for effectiveness - and occasionally chuckle at - promotional efforts within the wine business.......
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February 10, 2009

“Dark and Delicious Petite Sirah Tasting: February 20, Alameda”
vinography.com
Alder Yarrow
I've referred to it in the past as "the beast." Possessing tannins that need to be tamed through intelligent winemaking...
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