The Daily Rant February 2012.2


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The Daily Rant February 2012.2 In honor of #GTiSyrah, I've decided to focus on Syrah this week. I'll be giving a little run down of some of the better known regions for Syrah, what they produce and what you might expect from them. As I've written before, Syrah is suffering from a bit of an identity crises, to its own detriment.

When you don't know what to expect from a wine, more often than not you simply avoid it. It's a natural reaction and one the wine industry has not done enough to combat. How could they? Simply through education and some agreement on terms. For example, the global adoption of Shiraz for a more fruit-driven style was a step in the right direction in my book.

With the trouble that the Australia wine industry has faced as of late, many producers are now a little gun shy about being associated with Shiraz. I think that's sad. It's more of a marketing decision and does not help the consumer. Yes, the market for Shiraz has been shrinking, but it has not disappeared. Doing what you can to help define it will only make the market stronger.

So without further ado, let's discuss Shiraz and Syrah!

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  • Snooth User: roundhouse
    624763 26

    Shiraz/Syrah. Whatever you call it, I love it from top producers (from multiple locales).

    Feb 20, 2012 at 2:37 PM

  • Start with the Santa Inez area wineries alphabetically with Beckman, Bridlewood, Black Hawk, etc, and taste some of the best there are! Anywhere!

    Feb 20, 2012 at 4:46 PM

  • Snooth User: jwct75
    992903 3

    Qupe's the one for me..........

    Feb 20, 2012 at 8:28 PM

  • Snooth User: tricky88
    434686 0

    I also still love Qupe. Also the former Alban winemaker Paul Wilkins is making some big central coast Rhones under the name Autonom.

    Feb 22, 2012 at 12:43 PM

  • Koehler is a most interesting and tasty Syrah--- my GF says it tastes/smells like a hambone--which is a characteristic of some Northern Rhones.

    Feb 22, 2012 at 1:05 PM

  • Also Stolpman in Santa Ynez for a Syrah--they also have an almost perfect white wine a Roussanne called Avion.

    Feb 22, 2012 at 1:27 PM

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