Recap of Dark & Delicious 2013 – The Petite Sirah Event Of The Year!

I attended the 7th annual Dark & Delicious (“D&D”) last Friday, February 22nd.  D&D is an excellent opportunity to take a walk on the “dark side” for  Petite Sirah (“P.S” – a.k.a. “Pet”.) and food lovers.  The event is put on by an advocacy group of P.S. winegrowers, and producers known as P.S. I Love You.

Seventh Annual Dark & Delicious Recap - Artezin Vendor Shot

Here’s a quick 411 on P.S.

  • Created by François Durif, it is the love child of a noble grape, Syrah, and an obscure peasant grape Peloursin in 1880
  • 90% of the world’s P.S. vineyards are in California
  • Produces big, bold, typically ink-colored age-worthy wines with black and blue fruit flavors that tend to be tannic with moderate to high-acidity
  • Sometimes referred to as Durif
P.S. I Love You - glasses at the ready
P.S. I Love You – glasses at the ready – Image courtesy of Jojo Ong

This year’s event featured about 50 wineries.  I’d estimate there were 125-150 wines available for tasting.  So there was beaucoup wine, including some older vintages like this wine from Teldeschi…

Seventh Annual Dark & Delicious Recap - 2002 Teldeschi

The reason D&D is one of my favorite wine and food events goes beyond my love of the Petite Sirah varietal.  Petite Sirah is an underrated, food friendly wine that is capable of pairing with so much more that the typical BBQ and roast meats with which it is  so often recommended. D&D is a great opportunity to try P.S with a variety of ethnic foods…

Seventh Annual Dark & Delicious Recap - Paella

and pork…Since the event is sponsored by the National Pork Board…there is plenty of pork ( a good thing in my book) in all of its glorious forms.

And there was chocolate…plenty of chocolate…

Dark and Delicious Healdsburg Toffee Company
Delectable chocolate treats from The Healdsburg Toffee Company

The wine and food pairing of the night for me was the 2011 Miro Petite Sirah paired with Blue Heron Catering‘s Braised Pork Belly Meatball.  I would love to have shown you a photo but every time I went back for more all I could think about were those meatballs, which are among the best I’ve ever had!

On the wine front, whenever I come to an event such as this with so many wines to try, I prioritize my tasting such that I try wines from wineries that are new to me first, saving some of my tried and true favorites for later. Even so, it’s impossible for me to taste all the wines available.  I ended up trying about 50 wines.  My favorite wines, rated as “outstanding” (90+ points), were:

  • 2010 Aaron Jackson Wines Petite Sirah
  • 2009 Aver Family Vineyards Petite Sirah Blessings
  • 2009 Carica Petite Sirah Kick Ranch
  • 2009 David Fulton Petite Sirah
  • 2006 Delectus Petite Sirah
  • 2008 Field Stone Petite Sirah Staten Family Reserve
  • 2007 Gustafson Family Vineyards Petite Sirah
  • 2007 Ridge Petite Sirah Dynamite Hill York Creek Vineyards
  • 2010 Ridge Petite Sirah Lytton Estate
  • 2009 Robert Biale Petite Sirah Thomann Station
  • 2010 Robert Biale Like Father Like Son
  • 2010 Robert Biale Petite Sirah Basic Black Rutherford
  • 2010 Robert Biale Petite Sirah Dessert Wine (fabulous with fudge!)
  • 2009 Rock Wall Wine Co. Petite Sirah Carver Sutro Palisades
  • 2010 Rock Wall Wine Co. Petite Sirah C.C. Ranch
  • 2006 Stage Left Cellars Petite Sirah Russell Family Vineyards
  • 2010 Tres Sabores Petite Sirah
  • 2010 Trueheart Vineyard Petite Sirah
  • 2009 Viszlay Vineyards Petite Sirah

This event will continue to be circled in red on my annual wine event calendar because it’s a fantastic food and wine experience.

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  1. JoDiaz1 says:

    Thanks, Martin!

    1. @JoDiaz1 My pleasure Jo…D&D is a fantastic event. Thanks for all the hard work I know goes into putting on such an event!

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