Petite Sirah Celebrates 50 Years As A Varietal

by Tim Elliott on February 18, 2011

Petite Sirah bottlesI have been on this planet for a shade longer than a half century since my birthday this past November. But there is a wine variety that I think is underrated that has also just turned the big 5-0 as a varietal, Petite Sirah. I even included this grape in a rough draft of my recent post about underdog wine varieties but edited it out as it has a cult following (not to mention a booster group).

You might also remember I interviewed Jim Concannon from Concannon Vineyard back in Winecast 55. He recounted how he and his brother decided to bottle Petite Sirah as a varietal back in 1961 at the request of an L.A. wine retailer. I’m glad the Concannon brothers responded to this request as the grape has been one of my favorites for the past 29 years.

Happy birthday, Petite Sirah. I love you for what you are…

via PR Newswire

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