petite sirah

noun, often capitalized P&S
petite si·​rah | \-sə-ˈrä \
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

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Plain Cellars 2015 petite sirah, Yakima Valley, $35: Among my favorite petite sirahs, this comes from a small winery in the Cascade foothills town of Leavenworth. 34. Andy Perdue, The Seattle Times, "DeLille Cellars’ 2015 Harrison Hill is Andy Perdue’s Wine of the Year," 26 Oct. 2018 Focus: The ranch’s vineyard is planted to barbera, primitivo, petite sirah and cabernet sauvignon, the latter of which especially excites the Sweigarts. Mike Dunne, sacbee, "Let's take drive: Three wineries worth a visit in Amador County | The Sacramento Bee," 2 May 2018 From Mendocino County, this wine is a blend of 77 percent zinfandel, with petite sirah and syrah. Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "15 zinfandels to drink with whatever meat you're grilling," 23 May 2018 Floral, with plum, dark fruits, ripe dark cherry, cranberry, leather, black pepper and chocolate, this 95 percent zinfandel/5 percent petite sirah blend had a velvety mouthfeel. Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "15 zinfandels to drink with whatever meat you're grilling," 23 May 2018

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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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