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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
Petite Sirah is a thick-skinned, unusually dark, tannic, and full-bodied variety most known for giving color and structure to . It is a rare grape, with fewer than 10,000 acres planted worldwide, mostly in . It can withstand very hot climates but it often loses its acidity and fruit when grown in these environments. The best wines display aromas of blackberry jam, blueberry, vanilla, chocolate, and clove. producers , , and produce some of the best wines from Petite Sirah.
Petite Sirah’s full-body and high level of tannins pair best with bold, rich, fatty foods such as barbequed beef, sauced dishes, aged gouda, and mushrooms.
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