Syrah is the workhorse of the Rhone Valley in France. Syrah is the sole variety used in northern Rhône wines and is the primary grape used in most southern Rhône blends. The grape is called Shiraz in Australia and South Africa and by some U.S. winemakers.
Syrah’s thick skin produces a dark, deep violet-colored wine. Cool climate Syrah tends to display rustic earth, meat, leather and spice flavors, while warm climate Syrah is typically very soft, smooth and supple with concentrated black fruit flavors.
California and Washington are Syrah leaders. Oregon and Idaho have also seen some success.
- Is California Syrah Misunderstood? - January 27, 2017 at Wine Enthusiast
- The Changing Face of Washington Syrah - January 27, 2017 at Wine Enthusiast
- Treasure Map of West Coast Syrah - July 25, 2016 at Wine Folly
- A Second Look at Washington Syrah - March 17, 2016 at The New York Times
- Syrah Grande - January 01, 2015 at The World of Fine Wine
- Syrah reigns in Santa Barbara wine region Ballard Canyon - August 22, 2014 at SFGate.com
- California & Walla Walla Syrah – a Status Report, 2014 - June 25, 2014 at patrick comiskey
- The Syrah Context – Ballard Canyon AVA - June 23, 2014 at Wine Bloggers Conference
- Wine: Washington's syrahs - May 19, 2014 at San Jose Mercury News
- Getting to Know Cool-Climate Syrah - April 10, 2014 at Santa Barbara Independent
- Blind Temecula Syrah Shootout - January 19, 2014 at WINEormous
- Syrahhhhhh! - October 01, 2013 at Oregon Wine Press
- West Sonoma Coast: Distinctive, Cool Climate Pinot, Chardonnay & Syrah - August 21, 2013 at RJonWine.com
- Winery Map of the Day – Sonoma's Top Syrah by Jim Finley - May 20, 2013
- The Secrets to Syrah Wine - March 08, 2013 at Wine Folly
- Channeling the Rhône in California - September 05, 2012 at Wine Spectator