Syrah

Renowned in France’s Rhône Valley and in Australia (where it’s known as Shiraz), syrah is a rising star throughout California, including Amador County. In cooler regions, the grape yields wines with a firm structure and aromas of blackberry, violets, white pepper and roasting meat, while in warmer regions like Amador, the wines have a fleshier texture, riper black fruit and spice aromas, and plump, rich flavors with supple tannins. Syrah is delicious with grilled meats, steak, roast beef and lamb.