Petite Sirah

One of the more popular grapes in latter 20th-century artisanal California winemaking, made famous by such producers as Souverain (which may have bottled the first varietally labeled example) and Stags Leap Winery, petite sirah — the name is also sometimes spelled "petite syrah" or "petit syrah" — in fact is not a variety of syrah, though it has that grape in its ancestry. It has been revealed to be a minor variety from France's Rhône Valley called durif. It typically produces rich, dark, peppery wines with plenty of tannin. Besides California, petite sirah, sometimes labeled durif, is grown in Australia and, increasingly, in Israel, among other countries.

Serve With

Roast meats and other simply cooked lamb and beef dishes, steaks and chops, barbecue, meat stews, wild game, wild mushrooms, pasta with meat sauce, and Cheddar- or Gouda-type cheeses.