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I attended the 7th annual Dark & Delicious (“D&D”) last Friday, February 22nd. D&D is the premiere Petite Sirah and food event in the world. The event is put on by an advocacy group of P.S. winegrowers, and producers known as P.S. I Love You.
This year’s event featured about 50 wineries. I’d estimate there were 125-150 wines available for tasting. So there was beaucoup wine, including some hard to find older vintages, which is always a treat because in general Petite Sirah is a varietal that ages gracefully. This was my third consecutive year attending this event, and I thought the quality of Petite Sirah was higher across the board than ever!
The reason D&D is one of my favorite wine and food events goes beyond my love of the Petite Sirah varietal. Petite Sirah is an underrated, food friendly wine that is capable of pairing with so much more that the typical BBQ and roast meats with which it is so often recommended. D&D is a great opportunity to try P.S with a variety of wide variety of foods, including many ethnic foods. And since the event is sponsored by the National Pork Board…just about any kind of pork that you can imagine (a good thing in my book) And if you're a chocolate lover...then you'll be right at home because there is plenty of chocolate around to pair with the Petites or just enjoy after you've had your fill of the delicious food available.
I ended up trying about 50 wines. My favorite wines, rated as “outstanding” (90+ points), were:
2010 Aaron Jackson Wines Petite Sirah
2009 Aver Family Vineyards Petite Sirah Blessings
2009 Carica Petite Sirah Kick Ranch
2009 David Fulton Petite Sirah
2006 Delectus Petite Sirah
2008 Field Stone Petite Sirah Staten Family Reserve
2007 Gustafson Family Vineyards Petite Sirah
2007 Ridge Petite Sirah Dynamite Hill York Creek Vineyards
2010 Ridge Petite Sirah Lytton Estate
2009 Robert Biale Petite Sirah Thomann Station
2010 Robert Biale Like Father Like Son
2010 Robert Biale Petite Sirah Basic Black Rutherford
2010 Robert Biale Petite Sirah Dessert Wine
2009 Rock Wall Wine Co. Petite Sirah Carver Sutro Palisades
2010 Rock Wall Wine Co. Petite Sirah C.C. Ranch
2006 Stage Left Cellars Petite Sirah Russell Family Vineyards
2010 Tres Sabores Petite Sirah
2010 Trueheart Vineyard Petite Sirah
2009 Viszlay Vineyards Petite Sirah
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