Our love for Petite Sirah is anything but petite. We L-O-V-E the varietal. That’s why we are so excited to again be a part of an amazing wine event called Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah™, a celebration of Petite Sirah put on by a Petite Sirah advocacy group called PS I Love You. The Dark & Delicious food-and-wine experience will feature 55 preeminent Petite Sirah wineries and over 30 fabulous Napa and Bay Area restaurants and food caterers. Sound good? Get your tickets and join us on February 22nd from 6-9pm at the Rock Wall Wine Company in Alameda! http://darkanddelicious.brownpapertickets.com/
If you’re not so familiar with Petite Sirah, here’s a little history: Petite Sirah was born in France in the 1880’s by a nurseryman named François Durif. He created a vine that was a cross between Syrah, the noblest red of the Rhône Valley, and the Peloursin, another local variety.
In our vineyard, we were lucky to have Petite Sirah vines planted in our rocky soils and used the grapes for our Burgundy blend. It wasn’t until the early 1960s, however, that a wine merchant in Southern California urged us to make a true Petite Sirah—America’s First Petite Sirah™.
In 1964, we decided to bottle a couple hundred cases of it, and the merchant bought all of it. It was a huge hit and completely sold out! We were slightly surprised, because back then, people thought that Petite Sirahs were a “mean” wine—it was often too tanic. But we created a smooth and balanced Petite Sirah that we aged for 3 years in barrel before bottling it. It didn’t take long for Petite Sirah to become our flagship wine.
Today there are nearly 900 producers of Petite Sirah in the U.S.—the best of which you’ll find at Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah™. However, only one of them can say they created America’s First Petite Sirah™—Concannon Vineyard. Cheers!
For more of our Petite Sirah history: http://bit.ly/11SYseZ