Syrah (aka Shiraz with a thick Australian accent) enjoys something of a place as being at a party but a little unsure of how much to interact with all the guests. A lovely loner when bottled as a varietal wine (all by itself in the bottle), especially from the Northern Rhone in France. It can be equally fun and enjoyable when blended with a myriad of other grapes, including Mourvèdre and Grenache. When viewed in a glass Syrah is one of the darkest hued wines in the world taking on deep (like freshman year of college conversations about religion deep) purple and ruby notes. However, this doesn’t mean the wine is overpowering and has medium to high acidity and medium to high tannins. The nose is full of blue and black fruits as well as violets, pepper, clove, mint, and rosemary. Planted globally some of the best bottes come from France (Rhone), Australia (Barossa & McLaren Vale), Chile (Colchagua & Maipo Valleys), Spain (Priorat), South Africa, and the United States. Don’t be afraid to pair this massive wine with massive food (both portions, fat and flavor), think cheeseburger and French fries, a juicy steak, and even a roasted chicken or charred vegetable quesadilla.