petite sirah

noun, often capitalized P&S
petite si·​rah | \ -sə-ˈrä How to pronounce petite sirah (audio) \
variants: or less commonly petite syrah

Definition of petite sirah

: a dry red wine of spicy fruitiness made from a grape grown chiefly in California also : the grape

Examples of petite sirah in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is a Rhone-style red blend of mourvèdre, petite sirah, carignan, cinsault and grenache. Washington Post, "Good wine is now being made in most parts of the country. Here’s how to find it.," 6 Nov. 2020 This 100% petite sirah was produced with half the residual sugar remaining than most dessert wines. Lauren Saria, The Arizona Republic, "Want to give an Arizona port-style wine a try? Here are 7 worth sipping," 19 Aug. 2020 Their NV Ruby Reserve made with petite sirah and tannat won a silver medal at this year’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, as did their white 2017 Diamond Reserve made with viognier and malvasia bianca. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, "This isn't your grandpa's port. These Arizona wineries are aging the next big thing," 19 Aug. 2020 This solera-style wine is a blend of mostly tempranillo, petite sirah and mourvedre. Lauren Saria, The Arizona Republic, "Want to give an Arizona port-style wine a try? Here are 7 worth sipping," 19 Aug. 2020 Cinsault, carignan and petite sirah lend additional complexity. Tina Danze, Dallas News, "6 Texas wines to drink with barbecue," 24 June 2020 The grapes, including zinfandel, grenache, barbera, syrah, tempranillo and petite sirah, have for years been in high demand. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "For Farmers of Wine Grapes, the Pandemic Sows Doubts," 14 May 2020 One day, in a different crisis, another man may find great comfort in a petite sirah. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "Finding Comfort in a Bottle of Familiar Wine," 28 Mar. 2020 Bottles from the latter include Diamond Collection Oregon Pinot Noir ($21), with flavors of boysenberry, cherry and mocha, and Director’s Cut Cinema ($44), a blend of cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel, sirah and petite sirah. Washington Post, "Celebrities are deep into liquor, wine with their own brands," 22 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of petite sirah

1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for petite sirah

French petite syrah, literally, little syrah (a grape variety)

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The first known use of petite sirah was in 1887

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19 Nov 2020

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“Petite sirah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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