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Thursday, February 16, 2017

International Syrah Day

Feb 16th is Syrah Day begging the question, "Where can you go for great Syrah in Sonoma County?"  I knew you were gonna ask.

There are lots of places to get Syrah and Syrah blends. Just my opinion, but Syrah is often better when it's blended. The traditional blending grapes are Grenache and Mourvedre, but Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon work, too.

Sonoma County has several great growing areas for Syrah with the main ones being Bennett Valley, Russian River Valley, and Sonoma Coast.

Some favorites. These are all places you can visit.

Dutton-Goldfield
Grape grower Steve Dutton and winemaker Dan Goldfield have specialized in Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, but their Syrah is excellent, too.

Loxton
Chris Loxton is from a grape growing family in South Australia so he knows, and loves, Syrah.

Novi
Novi is a second label for Adam Lee. His Siduri label is for his many Pinot Noirs. The Novi Syrahs come from several parts of the state, including Sonoma County, and are great wines for the price.

Preston
Lou Preston's organic winery and farm specializes in Syrah/Syrah blends and homemade bread.

Though I'm not as familiar with these, Carlisle, Pride, and Windgap Syrahs are very highly-regarded.