Document Type

Book

Publication Date

2015

Abstract

Syrah or Shiraz is a dark-red grape used to make robust wine and is grown around the world. It is uses as a varietal alone and is also popular in blended wines. The wine produced from this grape is powerfully flavored and full bodied with a very wide range of flavors. It is known by its characteristic floral black-pepper fragrance. As with most other wines, its taste depends greatly on the climate and soils where it grapes are grown. The grape is believed to be one which was brought back from Shiraz in Persia by the 14th-Century crusader Gaspard de Sterimberg. DNA profiling in 1999 found the Syrah/Shiraz grape to be the product of two rare grapes from southeastern France, Dureza and Mondeuse Blanche. Many confuse this grape with Petite Sirah, but this is a completely different grape.

Comments

This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by SAGE in The SAGE encyclopedia of alcohol: Social, cultural, and historical perspectives.

Publication Title

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Alcohol Social, Cultural, and Historical Perspectives

DOI

10.4135/9781483331096.n468

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