Shiraz vs Syrah Tasting
Thursday, July 12th 6:30pm – 10:00pm
Do you prefer a glass of Shiraz or a Syrah? Is there a difference? Let’s find out.
Genetically a Shiraz and a Syrah are the same grape. However, the difference in the name generally designate where the wine was produced and also the style of the wine.
European wines are usually designated Syrah, while Australian wines are labeled Shiraz. Shiraz is also used for wines produced in South Africa.
American wines, being more flexible with our designations, can be called a Syrah or a Shiraz, based on marketing considerations and style of the wine.
Generally, both Syrah and Shiraz offer spice, pepper and smoky characteristics. However, Syrah generally yields more spice and finess, while Shiraz is more concentrated and fruit forward.
Confused yet? Don’t be. Just let your taste be the judge.
This Thursday, we are tasting three Shiraz against three Syrah. We are pouring the following six wines:
- Consilience Syrah Santa Barbara 2007
- Tobin James Rock-n-Roll Syrah, Paso Robles 2008
- Zaca Mesa Syrah Black Bear Block, Santa Ynez 2007
- Layer Cake Shiraz, South Australia 2010
- Longwood Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia 2004
- Tait “Wild Ride” Shiraz Barossa Valley, South Australia 2007
The cost of the tasting is only $20 per person. All featured wines are available at 10% off regular price, 15% off when purchasing three or more bottles.
Reservations are not required but recommended. Please call 949 589-1156 for a reservation.