Thursday, June 24, 2010

Syrah, BBQ & A-Team re-runs...

You’re likely asking yourself – “What could be better?” or simply, “What!?!?”

After a day of BBQing Chicken and Tri-tip poolside and enjoying another fabulous Southern California summer day, we headed inside for some casual conversation and a glass or three of wine. We started with 2005 Savant by Justin Vineyard & Winery located in Paso Robles. This wine is a blend of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. It wasn’t as big/bold as a Cabernet can be. In fact, it was quite drinkable on its own with no food. It was so good, when I went online to order a bottle, the normal bottle was sold out (however, you can order a 1.5L bottle if you have a group dinner.)

We were munching on some chips and a veggie tray as we hung out. Our conversation turned to recent movie releases…and ended up with the DVD set of the old A-team shows being turned on. Random Trivia: How many people are ever killed during one of their classic shooting scenes? (answer: Zero!)

Our next bottle was a Francis Coppola, Diamond Collection, Green Label Syrah-Shiraz. Is the title long enough? (BTW, Syrah = Shiraz. It’s the same grape, but they are French and Australian respectively.) This wine also comes from Central California, but the grapes are grown from Paso Robles to Monterey. The dark berries were evident on the nose and on the mouth, and it was yet another cocktail party sipper. We enjoyed it as we finished the first episode and then were on to some dessert, bottle #3 and A-Team episode #2.

Our last bottle of the evening was surprise - a Shiraz. This Australian bottle had a screw top - easy to open with a simple twist of the wrist. Chasing Clouds was nothing to write about. A fairly plain Shiraz that was boring when compared to the other two. However, if you are having a pizza party with non wine enthusiasts, it is inexpensive and drinkable.

All in all, it was a fun, casual evening.

Have you tried any of the wines mentioned or another Syrah that you loved?  Let us know more about them in the Comments!

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