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Petit Syrah

Bottles of wine in a store with a sign reading "SYRAH"
Bottles of syrah wine. Photo by Thomas Hawk via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

No matter how you spell it, California's Petit Syrah is a hearty companion to a big late-winter dinner; one of their oldest varietals, tried and true.

Price key: $=less than $20 $$= $20-40 $$$=$40-60 $$$$=above $60

Quality key: * = decent wine ** = very good wine *** = superb wine ****= elite

VALUE = exceptional quality for the money

Match Book Petite Sirah, Yolo County '20 **/12 $

(Full bodied, wild aroma, spicy, intense, robust)

Daou "Pessimist" Petite Sirah, Paso Robles '21 **1/2 $$

(Nearly 15%, intense and classy wine, deep violet color, brawny, lush)

Graziano Petite Sirah, Mendocino '18 **1/2 $ WINE OF THE WEEK

All of these wines can be purchased at Kenilworth Wine and Spirits.

Al Spoler, well known to WYPR listeners as the wine-loving co-host of "Cellar Notes" has had a long-standing parallel interest in cooking as well. Al has said, the moment he started getting serious about Sunday night dinners was the same moment he started getting serious about wine. Over the years, he has benefited greatly from being a member of the Cork and Fork Society of Baltimore, a gentlemen's dining club that serves black tie meals cooked by the members themselves who are some of Baltimore's most accomplished amateur cooks.
As General Partner of Clipper City Brewing Company, L.P., Hugh J. Sisson is among Baltimore's premier authorities on craft brewing and a former manager of the state's first pub brewery, Sissons, located in Federal Hill. A fifth generation Baltimorean, Hugh has been involved in all aspects of craft brewing.