It's Dark, it's delicious, it's divine!

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As I write this letter, Send my love to you, Remember that I’ll always, Be in love with you… In the words of the immortal McCartney and Lennon, yes- Petite Sirah – I DO love you! The 7th Annual celebration of Petite Sirah, Dark & Delicious, will be held at Rockwall Winery in Alameda on February 22nd.  At this annual festival off all things Petite and food, over 30 restaurants will pair their dishes with Petite Sirah producers from all over California.  Some of them will be pouring some spectacular older vintages, and this is a not to be missed event! As you might know by now, any wine blogger worth their salt is a poarkatarian.  Fortunately, the the National Pork Board is a major sponsor of D&D, which means…that’s right kids, lots and lots of bacon and other porky goodness! Here are just some of the wineries that will be pouring their Petite Sirahs – in no particular order.  Ok fine they are in order, of my faves!   Wineries Wineries Aver Family Vineyards Berryessa Gap Vineyards Carica Wines Cedar Creek Ranch & Vineyards Clayhouse Wines Concannon Vineyard Crooked Vine & Stony Ridge Winery David Fulton Delectus Winery Diamond Ridge Vineyards Don Sebastiani & Sons Estrella Creek Wines F. Teldeschi Fenestra Winery Field Stone Winery Foppiano Vineyard Grizzly Republic Gustafson Family Vineyard Mounts Family Winery Ridge Vineyards Robert Biale Winery Rock Wall Wine Company And because you can’t live on inky Petite alone…some of my top picks for food pairings: Foodies Eat Le Truc Healdsburg Toffee Company Il Posto Trattoria Lungomare Mama Tina’s Raviol Sweet Things Bakery Venga Paella Tickets are $63.00 per person and worth it – if you like to eat.  However, I have been authorized to let my favorite winos in!  Please see below for your chance to win a VIP experience!  (More on that later…but it includes 2 tickets to the event and a special surprise before!)

Dark & Delicious, mysterious, Petite Sirah

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  Long the source of confusion, Petite Sirah is such a misunderstood grape.  Dark and brooking, dark and delicious.  Yum is what I say! The love child of Peloursin, a very old, and pretty much dead French varietal, and Syrah, that charming, eclectic Rhône grape, Durif became known as Petite Sirah because of it’s boyish good looks.  Well ok not exactly, but it does sort of look like baby Syrah grapes. Don’t know much about Petite Sirah?  Lucky for us, Petite Sirah I Love You (PS I Love You) is here to help!  If you’re located in the greater Bay Area or can be here on Friday, February 17th, Dark & Delicious, the annual food and wine pairing focusing on Petite Sirah will take place at Rockwall Winery in Alameda. Don’t know much about Petite Sirah?  Want to learn more?  Check out the amazing wineries pouring at this event: Pouring side by side with these wineries, there is also a list of over 35 food purveyors making tidbits to specifically match Petite Sirah’s unique flavor What others have said about Dark & Delicious: Wineries Debuting  Wineries Returning Andis Wines  Artezin (Hess Collection) Aratas Wines  Aver Family Vineyards Christian Lazo Wines  Ballentine Vineyards Flying Horse Wines  Berryessa Gap Winery Guglielmo Winery  Bogle Vineyards and Winery Handal Denier  Clayhouse Wines J. Baldwin Wines  Concannon Vineyard J. Rickards Winery  David Fulton Winery Odonata Winery  Diamond Ridge Vineyards Ridge Vineyards  Don Sebastiani & Sons Shadowbrook Winery  Estrella Creek Wines Trueheart Vineyard  F. Teldeschi  Turkovich Family Winery  Field Stone  Foppiano Vineyards  Grizzly Republic Gustafson Family Vineyards Harney Lane Winery Lava Cap Line 39 Line Shack + Lido Bay Winery McCay Cellars Mettler Family Wines Michael~David Winery Miro Cellars (with Trentadue) Mounts Family Winery Nottingham Cellars Occasio Winery Page Mill Winery Parducci Wine Cellars R&B Cellars Robert Biale Winery Rock Wall Wine Company Rosenblum Winery Rutherford Grove Silkwood Wines Stage Left Cellars Stags’ Leap Winery Stanton Vineyards Tercero Wines Trentadue Winery Tres Sabores Twisted Oak Vezér Family Vineyards Vina Robles Wilson Vineyards This is a not to miss event!  Tickets are on sale NOW for $63.  But you, my fabulous readers, have a chance to win a pair!  Just tell me why you love Petite Sirah in the comments below (and for additioanlly entries, don’t forget to use the RaffleCopter Form).  What makes you crave the dark & delcious grape? See you there!  Happy drinking.

D&D ain’t just for freaks and geeks anymore!

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          D&D.  Those two letters evoke so many memories for those of us who grew up in the time of TRON, Atari, and The Dukes of Hazzard.  You remember D&D, right?  Yes, that that obnoxious role playing game with pewter dragons and triangular playing boards in the 70s and 80s?  Yes, I mean Dungeons & Dragons, the full time obsession of most of my male contemporaries for the better part of 10 years. FORTUNATELY, I am NOT actually referring to the Freaks & Geeks Game of Champions in this post.  THe D&D I speak of is the penultimate event for Petite Sirah lovers, hosted by P.S. I Love YOu, the trade organization dedicated to furthering the adventures of Petite Sirah producers and lovers. Dark & Delicious is the  quintessential Petite Sirah food & wine event which is held once a year.  This year, it will be on February 19th at Rock Wall Wine Company on the old Alameda Naval Base. If you know anything about Petite Sirah, you know it is a dark and brooding beast that will leave your teeth purple and your tongues numb.  But y7ou will love it.   Petite Sirah is the colloquial name for Durif, which is the result of a Peloursin grape being pollinated by Syrah.  It was often referred to as Petite Sirah, because people mistakenly thought the grapes were small Syrah grapes, and thus a legend was born.  The newly created offspring was named for François Durif, a botanist at the University of Montpellier, France.  Because of it’s high resistance to downy mildew, it was widely cultivated in the early 20th century; however, the mass produced wine wasn’t exactly complex, and so there poor Petite Sirah was relegated to being a filler wine for low brow jugs everywhere.  Even today, it is almost purely a new world wine, but baby you’ve come a long way! So far, there will be 41 producers pouring at this event, which will also have some great food pairings.  I am really looking forward to this event, because i will get to taste some old favorites like Twisted Oak and Mounts Family Winery, but also because I will have the change to taste 40 OTHER Petite Sirahs!  Tickets are $60 per person in advance or $70 per person at the door.  Yes, I know that it’s a lot of money, but where else can you taste this much PET with this fabulous food? Google

P.S., I love you!

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What a busy wine week this is!  It’s a rough life but someone has to live it.  This Friday, the Petite Sirah lovers organization, P.S. I Love You, presents Dark & Delicious. Dark & Delicious is a great opportunity for Petite Sirah lovers to taste over 30 wineries offerings, from many different wine regions.  To compliment this dark and brooding wine, some twenty plus restaurants, caterers, and food purveyors will be on hand to offer tasty tidbids to pair with the luscious exlixer. Tickets are $50 if ordered in advance (hurry hurry!) and $60 at the door if they are not sold out.  I have to give a shout out to my fellow blogger and friend Sonadora of Wannabe Wino, since she graciously gave away her press tickets to me, since she cannot attend.  I look forward to discovering some bacon worthy goodness to feed my much delayed bacon friday posts! Dark & Delicious is at Kent Rosenblum’s new baby, Rockwall Wine Company, in the former Navy Base at Alameda.  I’ll see you Friday, Feb 20th at 6pm to taste Dark & Delicious! **Special Note: Due to the developing bushfire emergency in Australia, if you are in San Francisco, please consider going to the Vicoria Bushfire Benefit tasting at Crushpad as an alternative to Dark & Delicious if you are not a Petite Sirah fan. Google