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November 30, 2022

“ Legendary Winemaker, Paul Draper, Reflects On The 60th Anniversary Of Ridge Monte Bello Vineyards”
Forbes
Liz Thatch

High on a mountain top overlooking Silicon Valley lies a legendary vineyard – Ridge Monte Bello. Its history and its legacy have been established by two wine visionaries: Osea Perrone, an Italian immigrant who first planted the vineyard in 1886, and Paul Draper, who joined Ridge in 1969 as winemaker. This year, Draper, in his position as Chairman of the Board, celebrates the 60th anniversary of the rebirth of the legendary vineyard and winery in 1962.

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November 26, 2022

“ What Is The Shelf Life Of An Opened Wine Bottle? ”
Slurp
Staff

Red Wine 3-5 days with a cork in a cool, dark area The more tannin and acidity of the red wine, the longer it will last after opening. Because of this, light red wine with mild tannins, like Pinot Noir, won't keep as long as a deep red wine, like Petite Sirah. Some wines improve even after the first day. After opening, store open red wines in a fridge or a dark cool spot. If you don't have a chiller, keeping the wine in the fridge is preferable to leaving it out in a 70°F (21°C) room.

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November 02, 2022

“ Variety in Reds”
The Epoch Times
Dan Berger

PETITE SIRAH: Another fairly rustic grape that can be slightly tannic and thus hard to match with lighter foods. Try with hearty pizzas. Wine of the Week: 2018 Bogle Family Petite Sirah, California ($9) — This one is noticeably less intense and is far more approachable than so many more expensive wines of this variety. Long one of the best values in red wines in this country.

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October 21, 2022

“ Definitive international awards recognizing and celebrating excellence in fine wine: Ridge Vineyards”
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Paul Draper

October 2022 FROM RIDGE: We are pleased to share the news that Ridge Vineyards has earned the Golden Vines Best Fine Wine Producer in the Americas Award for the second year in a row. The Best Fine Wine Producer in the Americas The winner was announced at the Golden Vines Awards Ceremony on October 16th in Florence, Italy. Paul Draper said the following words about the honor of winning this award:

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October 12, 2022

“ These are the top 25 Californian Petite Sirah wines as rated by Vivino Users”
Vivino
Vivino users

Of their top 25, eight of them are members of PS I Love You, supporting the promotion of Petite Sirah as a very worthwhile, stand-alone Variety. Reviews: Stags' Leap (with two listed), Quixote Winery, Scheid Family Vineyards, Robert Biale Vineyards, Michael David Winery, Miro Cellars, Mettler Family Vineyards and Winery.

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October 10, 2022

“ Sip, Pair, and Toast at Iconic Tropicana Las Vegas ”
Food & Beverage Magazine
Debbie Hall

The winemakers and selections include: TWE Global Wines(Treasury Wine Estates) is one of the world’s largest wine companies and offers excellent wines, including ... Stags Leap Winery Petite Sirah

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September 27, 2022

“ This robust California ‘petite petit’ boasts big flavor”
The Inquirer
Marnie Old

Petite sirah is a direct descendant of the Rhône Valley’s syrah grape, while petit verdot is a native to Bordeaux. Today’s wine is named Petite Petit for the two grapes in its blend, which is dominated by petite sirah and accented with a smaller proportion of petit verdot. These soundalike grapes are unrelated and hail from different parts of France. Petite sirah, or little sirah is a direct descendant of the Rhône Valley’s famed syrah grape, while petit verdot is a grape native to Bordeaux that appears in some of the region’s cabernet sauvignon blends. Both grapes are used in similar roles in winemaking and rarely appear as pure varietal wines.

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September 15, 2022

“ Stags' Leap Winery Announces New Head Winemaker and General Manager, Ludovic Dervin”
Wine Business
Stags' Leap Winery

Napa, CA - Stags’ Leap Winery, one of the oldest and most storied wineries in Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District, announces the appointment of Ludovic Dervin as Senior Winemaker and General Manager. Christophe Paubert, who has led the winery for 13 years, will retire and return to his home country of France following this year’s harvest, which they are completing together.

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September 14, 2022

“ Norm's Tasting Notes ”
Pine Island Legal
Norm Bentley

2018 Bogle Petite Sirah: 2018 Bogle Petite Sirah #24-2022 It’s hard to believe that you can get a wine of this quality in this price range, but just as with their Chardonnay, the folks at Bogle really deliver! I would like to slip this Petite Sirah into a French wine competition and watch some heads spin. A number of reviewers have described this wine as “jammy”, which is right on point. There are lush flavors of blueberry and blackberry, with subtle notes of spice and earthiness. The finish is a little oaky, which underscores the complex array of fruit and acidity, for a near perfect balance. The alcohol content is 13.7%, and Norm’s score is 90. We had our Petite Sirah with a grilled pork loin chop, which is only one option for this “real winner”! Try it with lasagna or bouillabaisse, you can’t go wrong.

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September 07, 2022

“ This robust California ‘petite petit’ boasts big flavor”
Philadelphia The Inquirer
Marnie Old

Today’s wine is named Petite Petit for the two grapes in its blend, which is dominated by petite sirah and accented with a smaller proportion of petit verdot. These soundalike grapes are unrelated and hail from different parts of France. Petite sirah, or little sirah is a direct descendant of the Rhône Valley’s famed syrah grape, while petit verdot is a grape native to Bordeaux that appears in some of the region’s cabernet sauvignon blends. Both grapes are used in similar roles in winemaking and rarely appear as pure varietal wines. They are more often used in small proportions to deepen the color and intensify the flavor of a blended wine.

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September 01, 2022

“ Petite Sirah at our Lytton Springs Estate”
Ridge Vineyards News
Ridge Vineyards

Petite sirah’s history dates back to the mid-1860’s as a cross between syrah and peloursin that originated in the experimental vineyard of Francois Durif in eastern France. The grape became known as “durif” and was praised for its resistance to downy mildew. In 1884, the grape was inadvertently imported to Northern California as “petite sirah” and the name stuck. Petite sirah was popularized by California growers and winemakers who discovered its value in balancing the fruit-forward nature of zinfandel while adding color and tannin for longevity. It is uncommon in other parts of the world, aside from Australia, where it is known as Durif and produces similarly-structured wines loaded with dark fruit.

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August 29, 2022

“ What’s the difference between Petite Sirah and Syrah?”
Wine Spectator
Dr. Vinny

Petite Sirah and Syrah are both red wine grapes, and if they sound like they’re related, that’s because they are. For starters, both grapes are native to France. Petite Sirah (which is known as Durif in France and other parts of the world) is actually a cross between Syrah and another French grape, Peloursin; the hybrid grape was possibly created by accident and was identified by French botanist François Durif in the 1880s.

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August 14, 2022

“ Tasting Room: Rosés - Theopolis Vineyards”
Santa Rosa Press Democrat Tasting Room: Rosés
Peg Melnik

Theopolis Vineyards, 2021 Rosé of Petite Sirah, Yorkville Highlands, Mendocino County, 13%, $28, 4 stars. This is an aromatic rosé with notes of watermelon, strawberry and apple. On the palate it has flavors of berry, mineral and a hint of peach. Balanced and refreshing, this rosé is just lovely.

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August 11, 2022

“ Mettler was established over a century ago”
Food & Wine
Brian Freedman

Mettler was established over a century ago, and even today their reds continue to show the potential of Lodi. The 2018 vintage is still defined by its purple fruit and crushed blueberries, but there is a hint of orange oil, sarsaparilla, and candied violets peeking through. This is one for the cellar, or your next barbecue.

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August 11, 2022

“ Petite Sirah — A Guide to the Basics”
How does Ridge demonstrate Petite Sirah in wine
Brian Freedman

“Ridge has been a key player in the evolution and success of California’s wine industry for a long time –– 2022 is actually their 60th anniversary. From the iconic Monte Bello to their terrific Lytton Estate Petite Sirah and even a standout Grenache Blanc, they seemingly do it all.

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August 11, 2022

“ Foppiano Vineyards has been one of the most important producers of Petite Sirah ”
Food & Wine Magazine
Brian Freedman

Foppiano Vineyards has been one of the most important producers of Petite Sirah in California for a long time. They're based in the Russian River Valley, which, while far more well-known for Pinot Noir, is also capable of growing excellent Petite Sirah, too. The 2016 is in a great place right now, its plush yet still-assertive tannins lending its plum and kirsch flavors serious structure. This wine proves how elegantly Petite Sirah can age.

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August 11, 2022

“ Petite Sirah Plays Well With Others, But Can Also Stand Alone”
Food & Wine Magazine
Brian Freedman

Petite Sirah is often confused with Syrah. They are related, but not the same grape. And there’s really nothing “petite” about it in the glass...Five Great Petite Sirah Wines... Foppiano, Ridge Vineyards, Mettler Family Wines

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August 09, 2022

“ Corkscrew Chronicles: Magnificent wines to look for when selecting your next drink”
The Gazette
Gary Twining

Trentadue “La Storia” Petite Sirah (Sonoma) $27 — While this winery has produced some compelling cabernet sauvignons under the La Storia label, the really exciting wine is their Petite Sirah. Ripe and supple with black and blue fruit in the nose and on the palate, it shows vanilla from barrel aging. The 2019 was the vintage I tasted recently, though past vintages have been just as good. Hurry if you want some; the winery says the 2019 is sold out and what is available is on the shelf and in the distributor’s warehouse. Enjoy with fine red meats, grilled fare and with firm cheeses.

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August 01, 2022

“ The California Winemakers Turning a Blending Grape into a Standalone Success”
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Jim Gordon

Adam Mettler Michael David Winery and Mettler Family Vineyards Adam Mettler makes outstanding Petite Sirahs for three brands based in Lodi: Petite Petit and Earthquake for Michael David Winery, where he’s director of winemaking, and Mettler Family Vineyards, where he’s co-owner and winemaker. The cartoony, technicolor Petite Petit label blends some Petit Verdot into the Petite Sirah. It makes a huge visual contrast with the quiet, traditional Mettler Family bottle, but the winemaking approach is pretty similar, says Mettler.

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August 01, 2022

“ The California Winemakers Turning a Blending Grape into a Standalone Success ”
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Jim Gordon

Theodora Lee Theopolis Vineyards Theodora Lee didn’t plan to have a wine label. The hard-driving trial lawyer, who was living in San Francisco, simply wanted to find a quiet weekend retreat in Northern California wine country. But a great vineyard site for Petite Sirah and a rainy vintage transformed her into “Theopatra, Queen of the Vineyards,” and the owner of Theopolis wines. Both names stem from her college sorority sobriquet of Theopolis, and they capture her colorful, expansive personality.

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July 15, 2022

“ New arrivals, and a confession ”
The Royals Gazette
Michael Robinson

On February 4 I wrote of selecting the appropriate wine after just being told by my wife that Michael Aday – you knew him better as Meat Loaf – had died and we had lost one of the greatest rock and roll artists. I said that I opened a bottle of Bogle Vineyards Phantom, from the town of Clarksburg in California, as I felt that its ripe berry, spice and intensity would match my mood and the music that I was going to play. The 2017 Phantom sells for $31...I will quickly mention the 2018 Bogle Petite Sirah as, for me, it just hits the spot when I want my senses bombarded with intense California sunshine and fruit. The Wine Enthusiast calls it a “best buy”, rates it 91/100 and comments, “Delicious, blackberry, blueberry and dark-chocolate flavours are wrapped in thick but soft tannins. This is a full-bodied wine, with a mouthcoating texture.” $24 (Stock #8043).

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July 12, 2022

“ Petite Sirah (Durif) Wine”
Wine Searcher
Wine Searcher Editorial

Petite Sirah in America The year 2002 was significant for Petite Sirah in the United States. Not only did the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms officially recognize Durif as a synonym of Petite Sirah (ending years of dispute), but Petite Sirah's greatest fan club, "P.S. I Love You," was formed. "P.S. I Love You" is a group of zealous advocates dedicated to raising the profile of this dark and mysterious grape variety. They have a challenge ahead; the grape has been particularly popular in California, where it has sizable plantings, but recent trends there indicate a decline in its production, in favor of its increasingly popular parent, Syrah.

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June 21, 2022

“ 7 of the Most Underrated Wines of California”
UrbanMatter
UrbanMatter Staff

Foppiano Estate Grown Petite Sirah Foppiano Vineyards in the Russian River Valley has an ideal microclimate for grape growing such as Cool morning fog and warm summer days and they have been producing wine since 1896. Their vines are 120 years old and wines are ultimately complex. Their ageable and multi-award-winning Petite Sirah wine offers rich red fruits like raspberry, chocolate, and coffee aromas that become silky on the tongue, and a lengthy finish with a mild but black pepper.

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June 10, 2022

“ Norm’s Tasting Notes : 2018 Bogle Petite Sirah”
Pine Island EAgle
Norm Bentley

2018 Bogle Petite Sirah #24-2022 It’s hard to believe that you can get a wine of this quality in this price range, but just as with their Chardonnay, the folks at Bogle really deliver! I would like to slip this Petite Sirah into a French wine competition and watch some heads spin. A number of reviewers have described this wine as “jammy”, which is right on point. There are lush flavors of blueberry and blackberry, with subtle notes of spice and earthiness. The finish is a little oaky, which underscores the complex array of fruit and acidity, for a near perfect balance. The alcohol content is 13.7%, and Norm’s score is 90. We had our Petite Sirah with a grilled pork loin chop, which is only one option for this “real winner”! Try it with lasagna or bouillabaisse, you can’t go wrong.

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June 04, 2022

“ Read the fine print before buying organic/vegan wines”
Cape Gazette (Delaware)
John McDonald

...Stags’ Leap for a Petite Sirah called Ne Cede Malis ("Yield not to misfortune") 2017. Pronounced “peh-teet sear-ah,” this 95 McD killer entered its window this year and will last 20 more, minimum. The 2018 may be a bit better. Needs shelf time. Blackberry/blueberry nose, with blackberry cassis, plum and white pepper nuance, riding a balancing acidity and relaxed but slightly elevated tannins through a long, clean finish. PS is known for its dark color and tannin. Color says don’t worry; time heals all.... Those visiting Napa should choose Stags’ Leap as a preferred site to visit. Gorgeous! If $30-$35 sounds better, their 2018 Napa Valley Petite Sirah ain’t nuttin’ to sneeze at either. I prefer Petite Sirah for sipping but it goes great with lamb on a smoky grill.

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May 22, 2022

“ The 9 Best Wines From Black-Owned Wineries Of 2022”
Delish
Felicia LaLomia

Looking for new bottlings to pad 0ut your collection? Many of this year's most exciting sips are coming out of Black-owned wineries. From rich and classic reds to crisp and fresh whites—not to mention a few experimental wines that'll have tongues wagging—these are the bottles to scoop up ASAP.... Theopolis Vineyards is a small California vineyard founded in 2003 and is most known for its Petite Sirah. The bottling has won countless awards: gold at the 2021 San Francisco International Wine Competition, the 2022 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, and the Los Angeles Invitational Wine And Spirits Challenge and a score of 94 from Wine Enthusiast and grapelive.com. "There's a hint of earthy reduction in the aroma at first, but powerful, focused, vivid flavors take over on the palate," wine critic Jim Gordon wrote.

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April 12, 2022

“ Aspiring sommelier Emanuel Diaz: love the wine you’re with”
The Day
Mike DiMauro

Seems most atypical features for someone who would one day pay the bills touting the full-bodied flavors of blueberry, chocolate, plums and black pepper in the fabulous Petite Sirah he had last night. But then, Emanuel Diaz is no ordinary guy. Diaz, who wrestled at Montville High and recently graduated from Central Florida, is an aspiring sommelier — or wine steward, a professional who specializes in wine and food pairings and other aspects of wine service.

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March 24, 2022

“ Eric’s Wine Minute - True Grit Petite Sirah by Parducci”
Kota Territory, ABC Network
Eric W. Gardner

Eric W. Gardner shares his love of Petite Sirah. Enjoy Eric's Wine Minute video, featuring Mendocino Wine Company's "True Grit." He's right on pointe, when he says "...there's nothing petite about Petite." He also states it's one of his favorite grapes. Here's to South Dakota loving Petite Sirah!

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January 11, 2022

“ Suisun Valley – Petite Sirah and Beyond”
Wine Bulletin
Elizabeth Smith

At Vezér, whose flagship grape is Petite Sirah, Stuessy has discovered other favorites to make. One is Sauvignon Blanc, which shows Suisun Valley expressiveness and low-sugar ripeness. He also enjoys experimenting with Syrah and Mourvèdre, adding, “The more hands-off, the truer to nature I find them to be.” Another is Verdelho, which reveals new flavors and capabilities that vary from vintage to vintage. Last, but not least, he makes a Merlot with “brooding fruit, earthy souls, classic cocoa tannins.”

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