Syrah

Import Selection: Shiraz/Cabernet, 1984, Penfolds

Terms like Koonunga Hill, Coonawarra and Pokolbin most-likely don’t roll off the tongues of wine aficionados like Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino, but someday they will.  Our import selection, if you haven’t already guessed, comes from “down under”. . . Australia. With all the hoopla over the Australian tourist ads here it was time to find… read more »

Domestic Selection: Petite Sirah Nouveau, 1988; Cilurzo

In 1968, Vincenzo and Audrey Cilurzo planted the first premium varietal wine grapes in Temecula, CA. Then, in 1978, they started their winery. They were among the pioneers for this appellation that is rapidly gaining recognition as one of the better wine grape regions in the world. This, of course, is with all due respect… read more »

Import Selection: Shiraz – Bin 50, 1985; Lindemans

Editorial Forenote: If you number among the misfortunate few – as I do – who tasted some of the unadulterated rubbish that was washing ashore from Down Under ’round the early 1970’s, you well understand my wholly pleasurable reaction to reviewing this wine and the many other fine Australian se­lections finding their way into the… read more »

Wine with Food: Petite Sirah | Pairing Tips

Wine with Food: Petite Sirah By Paul Kalemkiarian Sr. |   Petite Sirah varietal wine suffers a per­sonality complex! It is passed up by beginners and connoisseurs, for different reasons. The person new to wines is usually enamored with the big name varieties, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Johannisberg Riesling spending most of… read more »

Petite Syrah, 1979 Roudon-Smith

PETITE SYRAH, 1979 ROUDON – SMITH by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | January 1982 What does mechanical engineering and wine have in common? Give up? A correct answer would be Bob Roudon and Jim Smith. These two engineers met in 1971 -and developed a friendship that led to a wine making venture. Their wives Annamaria and… read more »

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