Syrah

Parentage: Offspring of Dureza & Mondeuse Blanche
Aliases: Shiraz, Hermitage, Antourenein Noir, Candive, Marsanne Noir...
Grape Color: Black
Regions: Rhone (France), California AVAs, Australia
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Syrah. Shiraz. Sirac. Schiras. Marsanne Noir. The names can go on endlessly to describe one of the most powerful red wine-producing grapes in the world.

The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest rooted history lies in the Rhone region of Southwestern France, as the wines that made this varietal famous were from hermitage, located in northern Rhone. The name “Shiraz,” however, gained popularity in Australia where this dark-skinned varietal has long been heavily planted. The birthplace of Syrah is still unknown, with many legends linking together both its aliases, suggesting origins in Iran, Rhone, and Australia.

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  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

  • Australia

    The history of wine-making in Australia dates back to the late 1700s when the first European se...

  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • Northern Rhône

      The northern Rhone is a section of the river of the same name in the southeast of France. ...

  • South Africa

      The history of wine-making in South Africa began as the Dutch East India company establish...

  • Chile

    Winemaking was first introduced to Chile by Spanish settlers in the 1500’s, but it wasn’t until...

  • South Australia

    South Australia is the strong arm of the Australia wine industry, where the majority of the cou...

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  • Albert Boxler

    Albert Boxler is a 300-year-old family winery in the small town of Niedermorschwihr. The domaine ...

  • Château de Pommard

    Today, Château de Pommard is the largest private vineyard in Bourgogne. Its 20 hectares of wines ...

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

    Built on the hamlet of Les Demoiselles, the Château des Castaignes produces the DEMOISELLE vintag...

  • Cordier

    United since the merger of two century-old trading houses, Cordier and Mestrezat.The Cordier Mest...

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

    Patience, know-how, observation, intuition...these are the skills required to make and age our wi...

  • Château De Seguin

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Syrah on Snooth

  • Cougar Crest Syrah Walla Walla Valley 2008

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    The wine is a deep inky purple color in the glass, with a bit of opacity. The ...-syrah.htm Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • The key to the Asparagus pairing is to serve it blanched in a salad. That way a ... have it with cool climate Syrah. I know we're weird.Brussels Sprouts is something we often cook in a vegan style with Agave nectar, Tamari and Red Wine until tender then finish off with a bit of corn starch to thicken it up. It's a traditional Thanksgiving side ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Matching challenge *4*: what...


  • My previous challenges were for geographical locales and entire cuisines of difficulty. This time it's for difficult food items. What wines, if any, match these? Matches to specific recipes are welcome! 1)  Green, white or any other color2)  California's official veggie3)  Belgium's??4) Mold as a good thing5) Moctezuma's favorite food (and aphro... Read More

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  • Crozes-Hermitage Jean Astier 1983

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... is red wine made from the syrah grape although up to 15% of the white grapes marsanne and roussanne may be added.Jean Astier is a negociant based in Chateauneuf-du-Pape who operates throughout the Rhone valley. I started my bottle last night with my supper of sausages and mash and I did ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • J. Bookwalter Red Blend Red Mountain Protagonist 2011

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    enjoyed at tasting room in Woodinville. big and bold. syrah and Bordeaux characters are distinct. Read More

    Wine review by kimberlyaurora


  • Finca Los Nevados 2004

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    Nice balance, a little tanic but doable. Like the syrah...red fruit Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Day 2 on the Bedrock Syrah is pretty darned good.v v, all us California guys would just as soon keep the Bedrock to ourselves,  but you're a good guy.  I have seen Bedrock in one retail store.  So, as you can see, it is not the easiest thing to find.  I took Outthere's recommendation, went to their web site and put my name on the mailing list.  ... Read More

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  • Bedrock Wine Co. North Coast Syrah 2012

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    Very much a cherry nose. Fairly fruitycherries, berries, stone fruit--on entry to the palate, but not over the top. Very tame tannin. Good refreshing acid. Would go good with grilled/roasted poultry, or, maybe a pork chop with some sort of fruit salsa. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Guigal Hermitage 2001

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    Probably corked. Very little fruit, was smooth with nice acidity and strong tannins on the finish. Really disappointed. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Hmmm.....I like Syrah, but rotated through the arc of theta?  Say it isn't so.  Read More

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