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Know your grape #1 Syrah

Syrah, red wine grape variety that is used to produce bold red dry wines that has high tannins, black and red fruit flavors with subtle, yet clear spicy aftertaste.

One of the most popular grapes planted worldwide. Its origin country is France. Well known Syrah growing regions are France, Australia and Spain. It is also used in productiom of some rose wines.
Typically needs 30-60 minutes of aeration before drinking because of high tannin content.

Syrah or Shiraz, depends what country it comes from is one of the most essential grape varieties to know, when exploring the wine world. It orginates from France, but its universality and great taste led to worldwide planting of this delicious grape.

We can divide it in 2 categories, warm climate Syrah and cool climate Syrah. In colder climates (like France) Syrah has more acidity and tends to be lighter bodied, typically paired with leaner dishes, like lamb. Warmer climates (like Australia and Spain) tend to produce fuller bodied, more fruit forward and alcoholic (14% and over) Syrah wines, that pair better with heavier dishes.
Syrah, blended with Grenache and Mouvedre (the GSM blend) is used in French Cotes du Rhone wines.

Suggested food pairing:

Pairs well with red meats like pork and beef, especially steaks and ribs. Also tastes great with: lamb, mushrooms, hard cheeses, tomato, onion barbecue sauce, pepper sauce.

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