Join us to expose the secret double life of that dark berry and black peppery wine grape Syrah--alias Shiraz. Scandals are certain as we reveal its many delicious incarnations, from the Rhône Valley, Australia, Switzerland and more. We'll include its typical white accomplices such as the mysterious floral Viognier and serve some robust food pairings to help the wines shine.
Event wrap-up: A fascinating contrast of climates & wine style against an evening-ending backdrop of purple lips and teeth. Which Syrahs/Shirazes won top accolades from the crowd? These surprises:
A darn-drinkable Syrah from Switzerland's Valais, 2010 Albert Mathier et Fils (Paul Ullrich Zürich, 24.00 chf). Unexpected raspberry fruitiness!
That crazy bubbly specialty from Down Under, a 2007 Peter Lehmann ‘Black Queen’ Sparkling Shiraz (Landolt Weine, 33.50 chf) and paired with dessert, no less: a slightly decadent flourless chocolate cake.