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Shiraz And Syrah – Great Wine And Food Pairings

By Janos Vulman

One of the best known and delicious red wine is Syrah, which known as Shiraz in Australia, South Africa. Generally known as red, but sometimes winemakers do great rose wines too. Pepper, blackberry and plum flavored, but in some countries such as France and U.S. with a touch of the chocolate. Food lovers can consume it with many foods. Best pairing suggestion said: beef, lamb, spicy foods or veal.

Like many world-popular grapes, Syrah can differ in style depending on the climate, region and wine making techniques. In Californian wineries all of the fruit is carefully hand sorted, and a gravity flow process is used throughout fermentation. In the cellar, they do an extended pre-fermentation cold soak, and then use 5-ton stainless steel fermentors. A typical Californian, the Smoking Loon Syrah. It has inky purple color, with wild strawberry, mocha, and caramel with touches of sage and rosemary. Try it with Teriyaki Beef.

Many Australian Shiraz makers are proud to their wine as usually is very fruity. Australia has a special, warmer climate which brings out fruit flavors especially in Southern regions. An excellent choice from Victoria region is a Reserve Shiraz (2002). Vineyard use French and American oak to get extra vanilla over the black pepper aroma. A special matching for this wine is Rare Roast Beef.

Mentioned pepper aroma especially comes from hot summer regions, like Washington State. Second best American main region has many vineyards. One of the greatest is is Walla Walla valley. Reininger Winery’s Syrah is a dark color red Syrah. Intense fruits and mineral are in the bottle. As a spicy food Chili Con Carne is a marvelous option for your wine dinner.

As I mentioned South Africa is famous of Shiraz over on Chenin Blanc. As in Australia they use different oaks during the wine-making. Fermentation occurred in stainless steel tanks, with pump-overs of one hour performed twice daily. The wine was pressed after 5 days, and a portion was oak aged in a combination of French and American oak for 6 months. Indaba Shiraz is a great vintage from 2008 with juicy and lively flavors of ripe blackberry, blueberry and dark chocolate. Consume it with a half an hour Lemon Chicken.

It was only four bottle of this great wine. Doesn’t matter you called it Syrah or Shiraz, you can find different tastes in your glass. Despite it is a high tannin variant you can pair it with many higher fat foods, especially beef and lamb. If you consume your wine remember the best temperature for it is 65 F.

Have a fine pairing!

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