I love drinking wine. I also love talking about wine and sharing my experiences and opinions with friends. My main goal here is to share my stories with you in a casual and unpretentious way. Remember, at the end of the day, we're just talking about grape juice.
I hope I can help you learn a thing or two about wine!
* I choose my own wines to drink and write about. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
Yes, it’s true, I’m writing about ANOTHER Syrah. Never thought I’d see the day! This one happens to be from the Santa Rita Hills in California’s Santa Barbara County.
When I first took a sip of this six year old bad boy, I immediately tasted cinnamon bark. My next thought was “Wow! This is the perfect wine for fall!” Raspberry jam, blueberry, and spice. Dark and voluptuous. Balanced. Different, but not funky. A great change from the everyday. I really really suggest you give this one a shot. The flavor continued to develop over time. Pop open a bottle and see where it takes you…
Shiraz. Syrah. Call it what you will. Shiraz is the common name used in Australia while Syrah is the name of the grape in Europe, the US, Chile, Argentina and New Zealand. It has never really been a grape I’ve actively sought out, but now that I’m getting more into wine, I’m trying to expand my palate. What normally kept me away from Shiraz was the overabundance of black pepper notes on the finish. While that pairs well with food, I know a wine is a winner if I can enjoy it on its own.
This Shiraz has a great mix of dark, brambly fruit, notes of vanilla and eucalyptus. Imagine eating a piece of warm blueberry pie topped with whipped cream while inhaling some Vicks Vapor Rub that’s on your chest. Sounds like an odd combo, but it totally works. YUM