One of the best ways to get to know a type of wine is to taste a whole lot of them at the same time.
And the best way to discover which wines pair with which foods is, again, to taste a lot of foods with that wine!
Coming to your rescue on Friday, February 20, 2015 from 6-9pm at Rock Wall Wine Company in Alameda CA is DARK & DELICIOUS, the preeminent, Petite Sirah event organized by PS I Love You, Inc, a Petite Sirah advocacy group.
Tickets for the Ninth Annual Dark and Delicious are $65.00 per person and there’s plenty of free parking.
While I am so tempted to jump in my car and drive up there, I can’t make it up north this year (I’ve got a fundraiser for my son’s music program to go to that night!).
I do know from my attendance a few years ago that you’ll find nearly 60 important California wineries and often their winemakers pouring their Petites, including very rare, older vintages, verticals, barrel samples, and more.
These wineries are joined by fine food restaurants, specialty food producers, and caterers; you can bet on both the food and wine to be dark and delicious!
During the event, be sure to check out the Silent Auction table where items include plenty of Petite Sirah including two of my favorites: Robert Biale Vineyards donated an owner-autographed three (3) bottle collection of Biale Napa Valley Petite Sirah, in a wooden box with a display card showing the recent Wine Spectator quote from December, ’14 “Biale is regularly one of the top producers of Petite Sirah.” Ridge Vineyards donated a three year vertical of Dynamite Hill Petite Sirah in 750ml bottles (2003, 2004, 2005) presented in a Ridge branded wood box.
The event is held inside Rock Wall Winery (2301 Monarch St., Alameda, CA 94501) so be prepared with cozy warm clothes and comfy boots: this is not the event to wear your stilettos and cocktail dress!
Even though I can’t be there, and maybe you can’t either, you can still enjoy a Petite Sirah and and share your observations using social media. Tweet to @ and use the hashtag #darkanddelicious or #PSILoveYou.
To get in on the action, I searched my cellar for a Petite Sirah and found one of my favorites from Storrs Rusty Ridge. Then I picked up a bottle of Rock Wall Wine Company’s 2012 Jack’s Dry Creek Sonoma County Petite Sirah– and that’s the one I opened for dinner!
The name of the wine comes from Jack Florence who planted the vines in the northern tip of the Dry Creek Valley in rocky riverbed soil from a clone from the old Seghesio ranch. I found it for $16 at the Ventura Wine Company; at the winery, it’s listed at $35, so I feel like I stole it–I will definitely pick up a bottle or two more!
To pair with the wine, my husband grilled two beautiful filet mignon with blue cheese, and we baked potatoes, steamed purple cauliflower, and prepared a salad of field greens and golden beets with goat cheese and walnuts with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. No surprise that it went so well with the steak; the big surprise was how well it went with the beets!
Petite sirah is well known for its deep inky purple color; this one is very dense and with a violet ring. As the Rock Wall opened up, the nose is heady and complex with dusty bramble berry with a hit of blue fruit and graphite. On the palate, it is rich, fruity, and juicy with some surprisingly tart acid and a dusty cocoa finish. Just over 500 cases of this wine were produced. It has 14.8 alcohol but it is not at all “hot”.
Here’s a list of most of the wineries you’ll find this year at Dark and Delicious–some of my favorites include Bianchi, Clayhouse, Ridge, Biale, Rock Wall, Stanton, and Twisted Oak (say hi to Jeff Stai for me!:
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