Syrah and Shiraz
- The Syrah grape originates from the Rhone Valley of France.
- Syrah grows well in both cool and hot climates. A cooler climate yields a wine with more spicy aromas and flavors. Hotter climates yield a more fruity wine
- Syrah is widely grown in California wine country. Paso Robles and the Sierra Foothills have a greater concentration of Syrah wines than any other California wine regions.
- Syrah is a heavy wine with a dark inky color.
- Syrah’s are aromas and flavors are pepper, blackberry, herbs, and cinnamon
- Syrah pairs well with heavy foods. Barbequed foods as in chicken, lamb, and steak are awesome with Syrah. Spicy foods also pair well with a spicy Syrah
- Syrah and Petit Sirah are not the same grape. Petit Sirah is a distant cousin of Syrah.
- Syrah and Shiraz are the same grape. Australia uses the term Shiraz instead of Syrah. California winemakers also use Shiraz if the wine is made in an Australian style.