Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah
Syrah from Columbia Valley, Washington
Aged for 18 months in French and American oak barrels, this Columbia Valley Syrah is a soft, jammy Syrah made in an approachable and fruit forward style. It is an enjoyable, easy-to-drink red wine.
Pairs best with: beef, grilled salmon, strongly flavored cheeses but it really goes well with anything, so drink it with any food you enjoy eating.
Herbs: basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme.
Best suited for: wine connoisseurs, if you enjoy other full-body wines such as Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache
Grapes: 99% Syrah (Shiraz), 1% Viognier
Body: Full body
Style: dry red wine, spicy, mouth-drying tannins
Serve at room temperature
Syrah and Shiraz refer to the same exact grape and wine.
Syrah originated in the Rhone Valley of France, but after it arrived in Australia from its birthplace in France, Australian winemakers called it Shiraz (Shi-RAZ).
Syrah grapes produce some of the darkest red wines you’ll ever find. Shiraz wine is even darker than Cabernet Sauvignon wine and is known to have large amounts of tannins. Syrah wine is known to be full-bodied, which means it feels heavy in the mouth. Most Syrah wine features flavors such as berries, pepper, tobacco and even smoked meat. While Syrah is the perfect accompaniment to meat, it really goes well with anything, so drink it with any food you enjoy eating. A great bonus to drinking Syrah is that due to the high level of tannins present in the wine, Syrah has one of the highest level of health-benefiting antioxidants.