A Year of Petite Sirah: Stolpman Vineyards

A history of California Petite Sirah, and a tasting of Santa Barbara PS.

Central Coast Wine Writer

20170607_143339So I’ve decided to start a Petite Sirah series–examining one PS per month for a year, all from the Central Coast.  What I’ve had so far I’ve liked, yet it’s still relatively unfamiliar to me, so I will be learning as I go.

It’s probably unfamiliar to most of us, because it’s not as popular as Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, or even Syrah, other major grapes that come out of California.  Yet its history and identity is tied intrinsically with this state.

You may know that Zinfandel is an iconic American wine.  Like Carmenere in Chile or Malbec in Argentina, it is a grape that came from an Old World country, only to find its best expression in the New World.

Zinfandel is the same as Primitivo in Italy, yet it is here that it has been refined and promoted to the point of being a household name–even…

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