Last week, I attended the 9th annual Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah™ wine and food event held at Rock Wall Wine Company in Alameda. The event is put on each year by P.S. I Love You, an association of Petite Sirah growers, producers and winemakers.
There were about 50 wineries pouring. My guess would be there were over 100 wines available for tasting.
As always, at a large event such as this, I focus on tasting a combination of tasting the latest releases from some of my favorite producers and seeking out new to me producers.
I tasted 55 wines, including about half of the new to the event for 2015 wineries.
My top 15 favorite wines (in alphabetical order) were:
- 2012 Carol Shelton Wines Petite Sirah Florence Vineyard
- 2012 Dashe Cellars Petite Sirah Louvau Vineyard
- 2012 David Fulton Petite Sirah
- 2011 Denier-Handal Petite Sirah
- 2010 Gustafson Family Vineyards Petite Sirah
- 2012 Harney Lane Petite Sirah
- 2012 Klinker Brick Petite Sirah
- 2009 Mineral Wines Petite Sirah
- 2009 Neal Family Vineyards Petite Sirah Rutherford Dust
- 2010 Overland Wine Company Petite Sirah Kick Ranch
- 2012 Overland Wine Company Petite Sirah Kick Ranch
- 2012 Ridge Petite Sirah Lytton Estate
- 2009 Ridge Petite Sirah Dynamite Hill York Creek Vineyards
- 2012 Robert Biale Petite Sirah Thomann Station
- 1999 Teldeschi Petite Sirah
I also keep an eye out for wines that over deliver in terms of quality for the price. For value (under $20) check out:
- 2012 Parducci Petite Sirah Small Lot – $14
- 2012 Michael-David Vineyards Petite Petit – $18
This was our fifth consecutive year attending Dark & Delicious. It’s one of our favorites events because it offers a great combination of Petite Sirah, a wine we love, and food.
In terms of the wine, this was the best year ever in my book. There were a couple of new to me wineries that were among my favorites, including Mineral and Overland. Add to the newbies perennial favorites like Carol Shelton and Dashe Cellars (which where new to Dark and Delicious for 2015) along with perennial favorites David Fulton, Robert Biale and Ridge Vineyards, and you got a winning combination!
Food-wise, the highlight of the event for me was Chef Tyler Stone’s Petite Sirah Ice Cream made from one of the Concannon Petite Sirah. I must confess I was disappointed with the number of food partners. There weren’t as many as there have been in prior years.
Nevertheless, we had a wonderful time tasting some of the best dark and delicious Petite Sirah California has to offer!
Related posts you might enjoy!
- Recap of Dark & Delicious 2013 The Petite Sirah Event of the Year
- Recap of 6th Annual Dark and Delicious – The Petite Sirah Event of the Year
- Petite Sirah Smackdown; Round 1 – 12 Petite Sirahs Blind-tasted
- Petite Sirah Smackdown; Round 2 – 8 Petite Sirahs Blind-tasted
Martin Redmond is a Financial Executive by day, and a certified wine geek with latent foodie tendencies the rest of the time. In addition to the wine lifestyle and food he enjoys family, fitness and traveling. He likes to get thoughts of wine off his mind by sharing experiences on his ENOFYLZ Wine blog, which features wine reviews, wine country travel, and wine and food pairings.
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