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Articles tagged with Syrah

  • Back to the Rhône’s Future

    The Rhône holds a large piece of my heart for one big, unctuous reason: the Viognier grape. She’s the first white grape I ever loved. Viognier braved...


  • Top 15 Syrahs for Grilling

    Carnivores and grillers, a few reasons to love Syrah: it’s a fantastic wine for pairing with any roasted meats, especially red meats like beef and lamb, as...


  • Great Blends of Australia

    Down under, the traditional Southern Rhône blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre is commonly known by the name GSM (or SGM)—based on the Australian...


  • Syrah - Has Its Time Come?

    Syrah has been a perennial dark horse in the US market for much of the last two decades. It’s a grape that always seems to be on the verge of greatness,...


  • Considering Rhone Blends

    Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, we know more about these grapes than we might be aware of! Cotes du Rhone, Rhone rangers, and of course the GSM blends from...


  • Guide to Rhone Blends

    I’ve been tasting a few Rhone style blends of as of late, and am looking forward to a small vertical of Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape covering the...


  • Top 10 Red Blends Under $20

    I began today ostensibly writing about Meritage wines and Bordeaux, but then the truth interfered. The truth is, Meritage wines, and some of Bordeaux can't...


  • 2010 Northern Rhone

    I don’t do Syrah justice on these pages. Coming from around the world, the wines often do not get the distribution they need because of a soft market. On...


  • The $5000 Cellar, Part 2

    What great wines are you going to find for the cellar this week? If you’re splurging on big buck bottles, you better be sure that they are in fact going to...


  • GTiSyrah 2012

    An index of articles and related content created for our Global Tasting Initiative's look at Syrah in 2012 including tasting notes on current release wines,...


  • On Aging Syrah Wine

    With almost all of our recent discussions of Syrah, the topic has eventually turned to the ageability. If the question is does Syrah age, the answer is of...


  • Top Syrah Wines $25 and Up

    While it would be easy to continue my diatribe of sorts against producers of Syrah, I am willing to make some exceptions. You see to my mind, the...


  • Top Syrah Wines $12-$25

    So Syrah has an identity crisis, but what are you supposed to do about it? That’s a good question, and the answer is quite limited by the information that...


  • Syrah Travel Guide

    If you’re going to travel in search of Syrah, there is only one destination in my book: The Rhône Valley. On the steep slopes that flank the Rhône River,...


  • Pairing Syrah from Around the World

    Whether it is classic reds from the Northern-Rhone, rich and powerful Aussie Shiraz or the dark and sultry Californian expression of the Rhone Rangers, Syrah...


  • Top 10 Syrah Producers

    Syrah has a problem. Actually, it’s a crisis- an identity crisis. While producing world class Syrah (Shiraz), they have failed to capture the imaginations...


  • The $2500 Wine Cellar, part 2

    And we’re back. Just to refresh your memory, I’m laying out suggestions for building a wine cellar on a budget. That’s how we’ll start and will build...


  • Don't Drink That, Drink This! (part 2)

    Last time, I took a look at expensive wines and made some suggestions for finding relative values. Today, let’s look at cheap wines. You can buy a lot of...


  • New World Syrah

    Syrah gets no respect. This versatile grape just has too many things working against it for it to really go mainstream. Consider that one of its greatest...


  • 7 Great Rhone Valley Wines

    The Rhone is a paradoxical place when it comes to wine. Pretty much dominated by Grenache-based blends, you’ll find they’re priced from mere dollars a...


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