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softer tannins, lower acidity and fruit-forward style. It is often described as
being “jammy” and “lush” in flavour. Alcohol levels of Shiraz tend to be
higher, with some approaching or exceeding fifteen per cent.
Regardless of which style of Syrah you prefer, the good news is that this
varietal has seen a revival over the last 25 years, particularly here in North
America, and is more widely available than ever. This resurgence was due
in large part to a group of vintners in California known as the “Rhône
Rangers”. This movement to popularize the wine of the Rhône was initiated
by Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyard, along with the owners and
winemakers of various other wineries, including McDowell Valley, Qupé
Wine Cellars, Cline Cellars and Ojai Vineyards. During a time when consumers
were focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir, the
focus of the Rhône Rangers was on the classic Rhône varietals. It resulted
in an increased popularity of Syrah wine, as well as other Rhône varietals,
and a revival of plantings of vines that had been dying out in California. The
movement spread to Washington state where wineries in the Walla Walla
and Red Mountain AVAs are now producing some of the best Syrah in the
world. Unfortunately, there is a limited supply of Washington state Syrah in
B.C., but it is worth seeking out the next time you make your way across the
border. Thankfully, our own Okanagan and Similkameen wineries are producing
Syrah of outstanding quality that is generally available at our local
wine stores or direct from the wineries.
As we approach winter, you may wish to seek out a bottle or two of Syrah
to provide flavourful satisfaction and warmth for those cold and rainy
nights. While we cannot guarantee an “oh, yes” moment, you can be almost
assured that a good bottle of Syrah will put a smile on your face.
PARNASSE SYRAH PAYS D’OC 2017
France #503441 Everything Wine $14
This wine is a Syrah that is crafted in a lighter style that offers an enticing
bouquet and flavours of bright cherry fruit that are mouth-filling and exuberant.
It is a simple and refreshing red wine that has been crafted for
quaffing, not ageing. We would suggest you chill it slightly and drink it right
away. It would be perfect with a pizza Margherita.
LE VIEUX PIN SYRAH CUVÉE CLASSIQUE 2015
B.C. Everything Wine $45
Le Vieux Pin is an excellent producer. Its flagship Syrah, Equinoxe, may be
one of the best B.C. Syrah we have ever tasted. The “Cuvée Classique” is its
little brother, but it still has a lot to offer. Aged in twenty per cent new oak