A few weeks ago, I was asked by Jo Diaz if I would be interested in taking a Petite Sirah tasting journey. Jo is Executive Director of the Petite Sirah advocacy group PS I Love You and an all-around great woman who is truly passionate about wine. Of course I jumped at the opportunity and, over the last week, the beautiful bottles of Petite Sirah have been arriving at my doorstep!
I am excited to do this for a couple of reasons. First of all, I think Petite Sirah is underapprecated and misunderstood. A lot of wine consumers are scared off by thoughts of overpowering, one-dimensional wines. It would be unfair to stereotype Petite Sirah as being one-dimensional. Of course there are some rich, jammy Petites but there is also a world of Petite Sirah that includes more expressive wines with layers of flavor that aren’t overpowering. The second reason I am happy to explore these wines is because there are a whole group of wine consumers who…gasp…don’t even know Petite Sirah exists!
So, over the next couple of weeks I will be showcasing some great Petite Sirah. Some will be terrifc values for under $20 and others will be more eloquent wines worthy of a fantastic meal. I hope you enjoy and check out a bottle or two for yourself!