February's Featured Varietal - Petite Sirah

Friday, February 1, 2013 - Thursday, February 28, 2013

Each month, Livermore Valley Wine Country highlights a varietal in our region.

VISIT, LEARN, TASTE and PAIR from one of our 40+ wineries!

February's Featured Varietal:

Petite Sirah
Peh | TEET | sih | RAH

Bent Creek Winery
Big White House
Bodegas Aguirre
Cedar Mountain Winery
Charles R Vineyards
Concannon Vineyard
Crooked Vine Winery
Eagle Ridge Vineyard
Eckert Estate Winery
Elliston Vineyards
Fenestra Winery
Garre Vineyard and Winery
John Evan Cellars
Las Positas Vineyards
Les Chenes Estate Vineyards
Little Valley Winery
Longevity Wines
McGrail Vineyards and Winery
Mitchell Katz Winery
Nottingham Cellars
Occasio Winery
Page Mill Winery
Rios-Lovell Winery
Stony Ridge Winery
The Singing Winemaker
The Steven Kent Winery
Thomas Coyne Winery
Wente Vineyards
Westover Vineyards
White Crane
Wood Family Vineyards

"Durif" is a red wine grape known in the US as Petite Sirah, with over 90% of the California plantings being labeled as Petite Sirah are Durif grapes.  P.S. I Love You, a California organization for Petite Sirah enthusiasts, is proof of this varietal's robust following.

Check out these great Petite Sirah videos from Nottingham Cellars:
NCTV Episode #1

NCTV Episode #2

Traditionally a blending grape, Petite Sirah's bold character and big fruit flavors of black cherry, blackberry and dark plum make it a stand-alone favorite as well.

Try Petite Sirah with sweet barbequed chicken, a cold roast beef sandwich with mustard or mild blue cheeses.

To learn more, visit LVwine.org or discovercaliforniawines.com © Wine Institute