Petite Sirah is a fruit-forward and jammy wine with a lot of complex layers. A bit of pepper and juicy plum notes drive the taste in most Petite Sirah wines, which are robust, inky and possess solid tannins. Many California wineries — a mix of newer ones and those that have perfected the grape for decades — put out a 100-percent Petite Sirah varietal, which is often used as a blending grape in Zinfandel.
What should you eat with a glass of this luscious red wine? We suggest just about any meat that’s grilled or barbecued. Portobello mushrooms would work too, as would sauces containing peppercorns. If sipping with cheese, look to Dutch Gouda varieties, American cheddars or triple-cream French cheeses.
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