December 02, 2015

“Star/NVV panelists judge petite sirah and syrah at the CIA, Greystone”
Napa Valley Register
Today current plantings of petite sirah beat out syrah in Napa County. Petite sirah has 832 acres in the region, and is the eighth most planted grape here. Syrah follows in ninth place with 787 acres. The Napa Valley Vintner and St. Helena Star Tasting Panel recently reviewed 18 wines made from these varietals at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena. Panelists included local winemakers, retailers, restaurateurs and others in the local wine trade. Two flights of syrah from the 2012 and 2013 vintages, a flight of petite sirah and a flight of red blends were tasted and assessed.
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December 01, 2015

“92 Points - 2013 Robert Biale Vineyards Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard”
The Wine Advocate
Robert Parker
2013 Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard from Calistoga plays it slightly closer to the vest. It displays slightly more tannin and structure, blue and black fruits, some earth, spice, and a nice, rich finish. It is another outstanding effort from this winery, which does great work with these varietals. Drink it over the next decade.
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November 25, 2015

“Petite sirah: Say hello to a French grape that's almost exclusively associated with big California reds”
The Globe and Mail
Beppi Crosariol
The Grape Glossary: a guide to hip varietals If grapes could choose their own names the way scores of Hollywood actors have done, I suspect petite sirah might have rolled with something catchier, or at least more descriptively appropriate. Like Blueberry Syrup Bomb or Tyrannosaurus Red. Or Official Wine of Millennial American Males. There is nothing tiny about petite sirah, a French grape now almost exclusively associated with California, where it thrives under the sun like a bodybuilder on Muscle Beach.
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November 20, 2015

“Petite sirah: The not-so-little wine”
Napa Valley Register
Bob Ecker
Big, bold and powerful American red wines come in many varieties, but to my mind, petite sirahs are perhaps the best of that breed. Substantial, dark, forthright and very food-friendly, I could enjoy one every day of the week.
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November 19, 2015

“Nothing is petite about petite sirah”
Gus Clemons
First up, petite sirah - a very robust red grape known as "durif' in Australia and France. Nothing is petite about petite sirah. It is very tannic, dark, acidic, a serious powerhouse wine, especially when made in California. No matter what you ate earlier, petite sirah will trump those flavors and start a whole new round of palate pleasures.
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November 11, 2015

“Against All Odds”
Wine Spectator Magazine
MaryAnn Worobiec
Petite has a loyal following, including a fan club called PS I Love You, as well as talented California winemakers dedicated to showing the grape's potential...Despite the myriad difficulties it faces, Petite Sirah is on the rise in California, both in terms of plantings and number of producers. Acreage for the grape has had its ups and downs over the years, reaching its heyday during the 1970s before plummeting to its lowest point of about 1,750 acres statewide in 1995. These days, almost 10,000 acres are planted to the variety, which is great news for fans of big, rich, hearty wines.
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November 11, 2015

“California's Petit[e] Sirah Tasting”
Wine Spectator
Tasting panel at Wine Spectator
December 15, 2015, issue of Wine Spectator magazine. Member wines: BARRA of Mendocino, Bogle, Carol Shelton, Clayhouse, Girard, Klinker Brick, Michael David, Miro, Parducci, Ridge, Robert Biale, Rock Wall, Rosenblum, The Crusher
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October 12, 2015

“Vine Files: Who you callin' 'petite?'”
Naples Daily News
Julie Glenn
There are a few red wine grapes out there that are confusingly named "petit" or "petite,' but dont allow their little-bitty names to fool you. The grapes may be little but the resultant wine is anything but. Calling wine made from petite sirah, petit verdot, or petit rouge a "petite' little wine would be like referring to Danny De Vito as petite. Sure he's smaller in stature but he's huge on personality and bombast, which is pretty much how these red grapes perform in a glass.
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October 07, 2015

“SPLENDOR IN THE GLASS: Petite Sirah, the "thinker's wine"”
Chrossville Chronicle - TN
Chris Mauch
Pairs well with cheddar, provolone and parmesan cheese. But it's more like liquid meat than any red wine I've ever come across, with a savory aroma of blackberries and spice. As such, it pairs well with beef or lamb - either roasted, grilled or barbecued - heartier vegetarian dishes, such as grilled mushrooms, cheesy eggplant lasagna and Mexican foods.
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September 10, 2015

“Philly sommeliers on the best wines for fall”
Philly Voice
In the red category, [Marnie] Old [Whetstone Tavern] liked the 2013 Concannon Petite Sirah from California's Central Coast. "Petite Sirah tastes like a jammy mashup of syrah and zinfandel, and its darker color and higher alcohol are exactly what you crave when the nights get colder," Old said.
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September 01, 2015

“Star/NVV panelists judge wines made with heritage grapes”
St. Helena Star
While these heritage grapes lost footing to chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon, panelists discovered that they produce wines to appreciate and savor. Panelists discussed the wines, which are not only rich in history, but in flavor and balance.
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August 06, 2015

“Petite sirah isn't petite, according to Michael Dresser”
Juicy Tales by Jo Diaz
Jo Diaz
Michael Dresser: For years, the rap on petite sirah had been that it was a low-class, no-account, unsophisticated grape even more southern (south of France, that is) than its distant relation, the noble syrah, which produces such widely adored wines as Hermitage and Cote Rotie. The assumption at the time was that the true syrah would inevitably nudge aside the remaining petite sirah vines. And in fact, many acres of venerable petite sirah vines had been uprooted to make way for more fashionable varieties on younger vines that would produce more tons of grapes. It's a shame, because petite sirah is a grape with its own distinctive character.
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July 23, 2015

“Grapes of Wrath: Mountain biking at the Park City Food & Wine Classic”
Staff Writer
Ah, beer. The ultimate after-ride beverage. Cold beer and mountain biking have been a fine pair since the first fat tire was mounted on the front wheel of a Schwinn Stingray - marking the birth, as I know it, of mountain biking. So wine would never do. Right? If one of Dirt's bros were to pull out a bottle of Petite Sirah, that dude might actually be banned from future rides. But what if, Dirt considered, his bro paired that Petite Sirah with a nice goat cheese and endive salad? Interesting... To be sure, I'm a bonafide beer-drinking mountain biker. But I love good wine, and I love good food. I'm no Mary Brown Malouf, but I know the good stuff when it enters my mouth. Why can't one experience these in one connected affair?
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July 15, 2015

“Grape Tales: Petite sirah”
San Jose Mercury News
Mary Orlin
Flavor profile: Petite sirah is not a shy wine. Big blackberry and blueberry fruit flavors mingle with black pepper, baking spices and loads of chocolate. Petite sirah needs time to open up once the cork is pulled. Decanting helps soften it. If you like cabernet sauvignon or zinfandel, give petite sirah a try.
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June 17, 2015

“The powerful punch of the misnamed petite sirah”
Bruce Abbott
Let's focus on a seeming contradiction a little close to home - petite sirah. The contradiction? Despite the sound of its name, it isn't syrah. It's also certainly not "petite' - the wines produced from this grape can be some of the thickest, inkiest most opaque wines you will ever taste.
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June 15, 2015

“10 red wines for Father's Day”
Sun Herald
Fred Tasker
"What do women want?" is an age-old question that may never be satisfactorily answered. "What do men want," on the other hand, is easy. On Father's Day, we want red meat and red wine. Don't buy us neckties in the middle of the summer (if ever). And you should probably wait for our birthdays for that Lamborghini you've been eying. Full and hearty red wines: cabernet sauvignon, amarone, malbec, syrah, petite sirah, nebbiolo (the grape of Barolo), tempranillo (the grape of Rioja), and the Sicilian grape nero d'avola.

May 18, 2015

“Ready to barbecue? Stock up on red wines”
The Bellingham Herald
Dan Radil
Red wines make good pairing partners because many of them complement the smoky, charred quality that meats and vegetables pick up after they've been on the grill. Malbec, cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel, syrah, and petite syrah [sic] are all good examples of red wines to consider, and even such mid-range varietals as tempranillo, grenache, cabernet franc, and sangiovese can go well with grilled food.
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May 07, 2015

“Wine to try: Serve Petite Sirah at cookouts”
D&C Democrat and Chronicle
Holly Howell
The lawn is mowed, the garden is tilled, the lounge chairs are out, and a whole new menu of warm weather wine awaits. Now that I am leaning towards crisp whites and refreshing rosés, I am almost sad to see a long winter season of rich and heavy reds go away. OK, not really that sad. But before I retire my teeth whitening kit for the year, I have one more stunning red that you must try. This is a red that can easily take you from cold climate into warm, and will be a super choice for outdoor cookouts in the weeks to come.
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April 23, 2015

Fred Swan
From a comment: "Guys. Quiet. PS is the best kept secret in California wine. If the secret gets out, the price goes up. Not good for us fixed income guys."
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April 23, 2015

Fred Swan
Wine reviews include members: Robert Biale, Hess, Stags' Leap, David Fulton, Fenestra, Artezin, Girard, and Concannon.
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March 31, 2015

“A sirah by any other name is still petite”
Houston Chronicle
Dale Robertson
A French nurseryman, the self-promoting Dr. François Durif, had crossed syrah with peloursin in the 1870s, hoping to create a varietal that resisted powdery mildew. Technically speaking, he succeeded...
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March 05, 2015

“Twenty Petite Sirahs: Favorites from the 2015 Dark & Delicious”
Two Guys From Napa
Craig and Robert
We will let you know which wines were our favorites, in case you want to do some research, tasting, and purchasing on your own. If you aren't that familiar with Petite Sirah, please use the list below to guide your introduction. We'll also tell you which Bay Area food purveyors made our taste buds the happiest at the event...
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February 24, 2015

“Early-Morning Purple Grins Tasting at Premiere Napa Valley include Petite Sirah for Breakfast Posted: Feb 24, 2015 11:00am ET”
Wine Spectator
MaryAnn Worobiec
On Friday morning at the same time I found myself at Petite Sirah for Breakfast, hosted by Robert Biale Vineyards. When I first heard about the event, I pictured Petite Sirah poured over pancakes. Not exactly. There were terrific breakfast pastries and coffee, but the focus was a great tasting of new-release and older Petites from a couple dozen producers.
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February 24, 2015

“2015 Dark & Delicious; Top 15 Favorite Petite Sirahs”
Martin Redmond
This was our fifth consecutive year attending Dark & Delicious. It's one of our favorites events because it offers a great combination of Petite Sirah, a wine we love, and food. In terms of the wine, this was the best year ever in my book. There were a couple of new to me wineries that were among my favorites, including Mineral and Overland. Add to the newbies perennial favorites like Carol Shelton and Dashe Cellars (which where new to Dark and Delicious for 2015) along with perennial favorites David Fulton, Robert Biale and Ridge Vineyards, and you got a winning combination!
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February 19, 2015

“PS I Love You: Time for Dark and Delicious and a Glass of Rock Wall Petite Sirah!”
Wine Predator
Gwendolyn Alley
While I am so tempted to jump in my car and drive up there, I can't make it up north this year (I've got a fundraiser for my son's music program to go to that night!). I do know from my attendance a few years ago that you'll find nearly 60 important California wineries and often their winemakers pouring their Petites, including very rare, older vintages, verticals, barrel samples, and more. These wineries are joined by fine food restaurants, specialty food producers, and caterers; you can bet on both the food and wine to be dark and delicious!
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February 15, 2015

“Petite Sirah, small name, big wine”
David Falchek
Petite sirah also offers a refuge for people tired of the same old line of Bordeaux grapes like merlot or cabernet sauvignon. Those who love zinfandel, another brash wine, gravitate to the petite sirah... The Rosenblum brand has been long time promoter of petite sirah. Rosenblum Cellars 2010 Heritage Clones smells of a dried bouquet and cedar with flavors of raspberry, dark chocolate and sweet spice.
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January 27, 2015

“Petite Sirah is becoming more popular than Syrah”
Lodi News
Randy Caparoso
While many American wine lovers are familiar with Syrah - often sold as Shiraz on bottles imported from Australia - the popularity of this grape as a varietal red wine has been on a notable wane in recent years. Petite Sirah, on the other hand, has become more popular than ever.
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January 20, 2015

“Attention Petite Sirah Groupies: The 2015 Dark & Delicious Event”
Two Guys From Napa
Craig Kellar and Robert Gonzales
If you're a red wine lover who enjoys food and wine events then you should know that the annual Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah™ event provides an amazing experience and it's coming to the East Bay on February 20th.
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