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Angela Chapman
 
September 13, 2020 | Angela Chapman

Shiraz, Syrah, Petite Sirah; what's the difference?

I am so excited to see Shiraz back on our wine list, and for the first time we are welcoming a Petite Sirah to the family. But these wine names along with their friend Syrah can be a little confusing.

When it is called Syrah, the style and flavor tend to be more old world, more earthy and savory. Shiraz, on the other hand, is produced in a new world style with more fruit forward (and even jammy) flavors. Petite Sirah, however, is a completely different grape. In fact, in Europe it is known as Durif. Genetic testing has proven that it is a product of cross pollination of Syrah and Peloursin grapes. Because one of its parent grapes is Syrah, it can share some flavor similarities with it which may have prompted the name change to Petite Sirah.

Our new Shiraz Reserve will be available to Wine Club members only. Non Wine Club Members can obtain this Shiraz by purchasing one of our Virtual Tasting Packs up until the tasting on September 25th. This tasting will be led by our winemaker, Jim Evans, and our tour guide and employee spotlight, Zack. Click here to purchase your tasting pack. We look forward to having all of you back out at the winery enjoying some awesome Texas wine!

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