Exploring the Wine Glass

Petite Sirah on Winephabet Street

March 8, 2021

It’s Monday, Let’s raise a glass to the beginning of another week. It’s time to unscrew, uncork or saber a bottle and let’s begin Exploring the Wine Glass! Today we return to Winephabet Street to learn about the letter P, Petite Sirah! Often confused by new winelovers as just a smaller version of Syrah or Shiraz, it is in fact a completely different variety.  

Petite Sirah, also known as Durif, is a man-made variety that resulted from a cross between Syrah and PeloursinThe objective of the cross was to make a grape variety that is resistant to powdery mildew. It was first brought to California in 1884 by Charles McIver and had a similar history to Zinfandel during Prohibition thanks to its ability to travel cross country well.  

I had the privilege of sitting down with Steve Tenbrink of Tenbrink Cellars and his daughter Lisa Howard of Tolenas Winery in Suisun Valley, California. Petite Sirah Capital of the World.  

Music: WINE by Kēvens Official Video

 

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