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Your weekend: P.S. I love wine

Submitted by on 1, February 19, 2009 – 9:00 amNo Comment

The venerable Syrah grape is an American varietal – well, wait, let me back up.

The tiny grapes were introduced in California in 1878. In 1884, the Durif grape from France – which, like the Syrah grape, is characterized by small, dense, color-saturated clusters of fruit – was planted in California. Most of the Syrah vines were destroyed in a phylloxera epidemic in the 1890s, according to this history on the website for P.S. I Love You, a “petite syrah advocacy organization” that, incidentally, is holding a tasting party for the fruit of these vines on Friday.

In the 1970s, a pair of French ampelographers (had to cut and paste that one) examined vines at UC Davis and determined they were French Durif, not American Syrah. I understand there have since been DNA tests.

Anyway. If you love Petite Syrah, check out P.S. I Love You’s Dark & Delicious tasting party, which is being held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Kent Rosenblum’s new Rock Wall Wine Company, 2301 Monarch Street on Alameda Point. Tickets are $50 in advance (they’re available online) and $60 at the door.

The ticket will include tastings of 30 petite syrahs and food from 20 chefs. In addition to the food and wine, they’ll have a silent auction and an artist, Ann Rea, who will teach you how to paint a vineyard scene.

The list of participating food and wine providers, directions and more can be found by clicking the website link, two paragraphs up.

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