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DRINK – An audacious wine, Petite Sirah

According to, audacious means extremely bold or daring, recklessly brave or fearless. I think that’s a great way to describe Petite Sirah. It’s big, it’s bold, it’s beautiful, and yes, adacious. The PS grape does well in many growing regions in California: Mendocino County, Lodi, Paso Robles and of course, Livermore Valley. Each region produces a slightly different style. Some have more bright cherry fruit, others more complexity and tannins. PS I Love You is the name for an annual gathering of Petite Sirah winemakers, growers and groupies. Don’t know Petite Sirah? No, it’s not a smaller variety of the Syrah grape; it’s its own varietal. Often used in blended red wines. But, more and more wineries are making this single variety. In 1975 there were roughly 20 producers. By 2009 that number has grown to 700+. A big question at the Petite Sirah symposium, how mainstream can Petite…

EATDRINK – Quivira Vineyards

 If you haven’t heard of Quivira, a winery in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma, it’s about time you get to know them.  They’ve long been in the forefront of sustainability and guardianship of the land.  Tonight they’re hosting a seasonal farm-to-table dinner; much of the meal comes from the winery property.  There’s a biodynamic garden, and it’s not just for the winery.   Quivira grows produce for several local restaurants.  There’s also a chicken coop, beehives, and pigs.  Plus there is a creek, Wine Creek, that runs through the property.  Quivira has been committed to restoring the habitat for steelhead trout for years.   The wines are delicious and quite interesting.  Have you ever heard of using acacia wood barrels?  Or how about co-fermenting Grenache and Zin or Grenache and Petite Sirah?  This is what you’ll find at Quivira.  This is the first release of these 2 wines and they…