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Petite Sirah vs. Syrah: Understanding the Difference

by JJ Buckley Fine Wines

Syrah and Petite Sirah are so similar in spelling and pronunciation that you might expect them to be similar wines. This confusion might grow when you see wines labeled Shiraz, which has a similar sound as well. What is the difference between Shiraz, Syrah and Petite Sirah? Are they the same wine and grape variety, just with different names? Not exactly.

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Everything You Need to Know About Syrah Wine and More

by JJ Buckley Fine Wines

Even if you’ve been an avid wine collector for years, you might have put your focus on a single wine varietal or a specific wine region. Whether you pursued it out of personal preference or for its investment value, such a focused wine collection might have caused you to bypass other worthwhile and intriguing fine wines. One of those wines is Syrah, a bold, full-bodied wine with intense berries, fruits, licorice and black pepper...

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Winery Highlight: Chris Ringland

by Chuck Hayward

Chris Ringland was surely not prepared for all of this. The popularity, the sudden attention. Working away at a rustic winery where time seemed not only to stand still but actually climbed backwards. He spent that time mentoring young winemakers as they learned the secrets of the Barossa Valley--its vineyards, its people, its history. The last thing he expected was an overflowing fax machine...100 point scores from Parker can do that.

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