The hit-parade of deliciously juicy reds continues, this time, looking at the Syrah varietal. Whether you know it as Syrah or as Shiraz (an inexplicable-yet-now-ubiquitous moniker in some parts of the world), it’s still one of the shining stars in the divine firmament that is Wine. Heck, even if you mispronounce the name, any wine-folk worth their Sauvignon Blanc would know what you were looking for. “Syrah,” with a spiritual home set firmly in France, is a softer, plusher expression of this elegant grape. When you head to South Africa–or more commonly–Australia, you run into “Shiraz,” an intense, bold and expressive iteration of the juice. The differences are so stark that many winemakers in New World countries will adopt the name pronunciation that’s more suitable, whether it be their silky Syrah or superb Shiraz.
Say goodbye to weekend BBQs, as it’s dinner party season! Impress your foodie friends with these domestic Reds, proof-positive that American juice is as tasty, complex and balanced as their Old World counterparts.