Your weekend: P.S. I love wine
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.