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winemakers apparently revel in the confusion by offering Shiraz wines.

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Then there is Petite Sirah, which is definitely not Syrah. It’s not a small Syrah grape nor is it the formal, longer name for Syrah. As a matter of fact, it may not be a grape at all. Petite Sirah is a California wine that began to gain popularity in the late 19th century. With the development of genetic testing in the 1990s, scientists have been able to determine that three different things have been called Petite Sirah; a “field blend” of intermixed Syrah, Barbera, Zinfandel, and other grapes; an ancient Rhone grape known as Peloursin; a hybrid of Peloursin and Syrah known as Durif.

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Since Petite Sirah comes from unknown and various origins, it’s hard to provide a general description of the wine. In my experience, some of the better Petite Sirahs are very dark and thickly textured. They tend to have ample tannins to provide structure and be especially heavy in dark fruit flavors like plum and blackberry.

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There is a winery near Winters that makes a very tasty Petite Sirah that is quite faithful to the unclear history of the wine; it has Peloursin, Durif, Syrah, and Zinfandel grapevines all mixed up in the same field. It seems to me to be a novel effort akin to making a purebred mutt. But, as many of us know, mutts can be most interesting and fun dogs, not to mention loyal ones. And, despite the fact that genetic scientists may have caused us to wonder what exactly we are loyally drinking, we can still enjoy our interesting and fun Petite Sirah.

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