“One summer night, out on a flat headland, all but surrounded by the waters of the bay, the horizons were remote and distant rims on the edge of space. Millions of stars blazed in darkness, and on the far shore a few lights burned in cottages. Otherwise there was no reminder of human life. My companion and I were alone with the stars: the misty river of the Milky Way flowing across the sky, the patterns of the constellations standing out bright and clear, a blazing planet low on the horizon. It occurred to me that if this were a sight that could be seen only once in a century, this little headland would be thronged with spectators. But it can be seen many scores of nights in any year, and so the lights burned in the cottages and the inhabitants probably gave not a thought to the beauty overhead; and because they could see it almost any night, perhaps they never will.” — Rachel Carson
And it is with petite sirah, people give not much thought to petite sirah, but for me, I could drink the Foppiano Vineyard Estate Bottled Petite Sirah 2008 every night of the year. The flavors of blackberries, dark cherries and blueberry pie blend harmoniously with vanilla and a hint of spice. For the summer season, the perfect pairing is meat off the grill, I’m hankering for Memphis-Style Dry Ribs. The music match is the sublime cover of the Bob Dylan song “Girl from the North Country” by the Lion’s.
The details: 15.2% alcohol. Cork closure. Appellation: Russian River Valley. Varietal: petite sirah. Suggested retail price $20 USD. Available directly from Foppiano Vineyards. This was a media sample generously provided by Foppiano and kindly facilitated by the Barn Group.