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2009 Stags’ Leap Petite Sirah – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.stagsleap.com Stags’ Leap Winery was established in 1893, making it one of the oldest wineries in the State of California and the oldest in the Stags Leap district. It has built a loyal following off of its Petite Sirah and for good reason – using 30-year old vines helps add […]

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2009 Andis Winery Reserve Petite Sirah – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.andiswines.com The Sierra foothills of California are starting to make some good traction towards wine-lovers who appreciate lower alcohol, higher-acid wines that are very food-friendly. This 2009 Reserve Petite Sirah from Andis does an admirable job of showcasing just that as well as preserving the integrity of the varietal. Technical […]

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2008 Foppiano Petite Sirah – Review

Not to be at all confused with Syrah, Petite Sirah is actually called the Durif grape, named after the man who discovered it, Francious Durif. It is believed to have been a result from the mixing of Syrah and Peloursin flowers. Foppiano was founded in 1896 by Giovaani Foppiano, making it one of California’s oldest […]

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2008 Crystal Basin Cellars Petite Sirah

Petite Sirah does very well in the heat of California and the vineyards in Ed Dorado country – in the Sierra foothills – are well known for their elevation and cooler nights which is a great combination for great fruit. Crystal Basin Cellars is in this area, in a city called Camino, and has been […]

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2006 Sheldon Petite Sirah – Review

When Dylan and Tobe met, little did they know that they’d eventually start a micro-winery in California. Their love and passion for wine have taken them all over, including New Zealand – some may call it fate, I call it destiny. Regardless, I’m glad they’re making vino as this 2006 Petite Sirah shows the kind […]

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Saunter Wines – two reviewed

Saunter wines, in St. Helena California, is quite literally a family affair that has the husband and wife team of Josh and Heather Clark – arms-length deep into the vino. It’s a botique winery in the truest sense of the word and the work they put into their bottles seems to come oozing out with […]

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Optima Winery – 4-way Review

The husband and wife team of Optima Winery in Healdsburg California started in 1984 and has remained a relatively small, family-run winery that produces premium wines. Its mission is quite simple – work with top vineyards in and around its local regions and help them each showcase those particular vineyard sites. Mike Duffy is the […]

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Salvestrin 3-way Round-up – Review

Nose: Rose hips, vanilla bean, slight hint of cantelope and maple syrup, grilled peaches and apple skin with home-made whip-cream. Taste: cream-covered peaches and melon that have been drizzled with maple syrup with afternotes of the typical “sauv-grass” (as I like to call it) but it’s really kept in check by the creaminess. This is […]

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2005 Concannon Petite Sirah – Review

A wine that’s been gaining a lot of popularity around the Seattle-area is the Petite Sirah Concannon wines out of California. Concannon was the first winery in the USA to produce a petite sirah as it’s been around since 1883 in the Livermore Valley area. Petite Sirah, as its known in the U.S. and Israel,  is actually […]

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