Welcome to our latest installment of #WinephabetStreet brought to you by Dracaena Wines and Trio North Wildwood. In this series, Debbie Gioquindo and I work our way through the wine world one letter each month. We discuss the characteristics and history of the grape, as well as suggested wine pairings. So uncork, unscrew or saber that bottle and connect with us as we chat, laugh and drink wine all in a laid back atmosphere.

P is for Petite Sirah

I was thrilled to be able to sit down with Steve Tenbrink of Tenbrink Vineyards and his daughter Lisa Howard of Tolenas Vineyards in Suisun Valley. They are Petite Sirah specialists whose wineries are in an AVA that not many people are aware of, but has been recognized since 1982, only one year after its neighbor, Napa Valley. 

Petite Sirah, also known as Durif, is a man-made variety that resulted from a cross between Syrah and Peloursin. The objective of the cross was to make a grape variety that is resistant to powdery mildew. It was first brought to California in 1884 by Charles McIver and had a similar history to Zinfandel during Prohibition thanks to its ability to travel cross country well.  

In My Glass

2017 Tolenas Suisun Valley Red Blend

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Petite Sirah on Winephabet Street

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Our next episode of Winephabet Street will air on Monday, March 15th at 8pm EST. The format will be a bit different since the letter of the day will be Q! Debbie and I will be answering wine related questions that are posed to us. So please leave a comment to ask a question  Head to our Winephabet Street website to find out more and to register for the episode.

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