HOPE Farmers Market
"...Given the rapid changes in the Texas wine business, this kind of corroboration and validation is not just another marketing gimmick. These quality-based partnerships may be one of our most reliable indicators of where to find our best wines. A dozen favorites from Texas Fine Wine Whites Reds Bending Branch Winery Picpoul Blanc Estate Tannat, Petite Sirah 1840 Brennan Vineyards Viognier, Lily Tempranillo Duchman Family Winery Vermentino Aglianico, Dolcetto Pedernales Cellars Viognier Reserve, Viognier Texas Tempranillo..."
"..."Many times we're looking for something to enhance the color or character of a wine, so we turn to deep-colored varietals like Malbec, Petite Sirah, or Petit Verdot," says Whitehead. "Most of the time Texas fruit does just fine on its own, but a winemaker always likes having a few options in his or her toolbox..."
"..."The guajillo and the black-button sage are traditionals – which means they're made from only honey, there's no other fruits or spices added. And the Melissa" – he points to one of the tall bottles on the table – "is what's known as a pyment, which is made from grapes and honey – specifically, in this case, cotton blossom honey, petite sirah, and pinot noir in combination."..."
"...All of this would just be a nice thing, but thankfully the wine itself is scrumptious. It is a blend of massive red grapes like Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, and Merlot..."
"...The team aims for purity and avoids oakiness or big buttery flavors. Their No Curfew red wine ($17) is a blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, and Petite Sirah..."
"...The McManises' Jack Tone Vineyards Red Wine ($20) was the clear competition winner. It's a delicious combination of Syrah and Petite Sirah and was the only boxed wine to soundly defeat the bottled wines in its category..."
"...He explains the art of food and wine pairing, recommends wineries to visit, and tells the reader why screw-tops are becoming so common. He lets you know where to find the bargains on a restaurant wine list and even offers advice on how to spit at your first big wine tasting – an invaluable lesson if you don't want to stumble home wearing the Petite Sirah...."
"...The bar and late-night menu is high-end pub grub with an extra dash of creativity and offers items such as a cast-iron-skillet-seared 12-ounce skirt steak on crisp bread with caramelized onions and house fries ($11.95) or fresh Texas jalapeños stuffed with pork, chorizo, and queso served with seasonal grilled fruit ($6.95). The bargain on this list is the roasted lamb sliders, topped with mint pesto and served with house-made fries ($6.95), which were three slider-size lamburgers, juicy and full of lamb flavors and a superb match with a Consilience Petite Sirah ($29.95)...."
"...He not only remembered my name, he remembered my tastes and price range. This time he picked a 2004 Storrs Petite Sirah ($53), a fruity wine with nice acidity..."
"...A textbook marriage of food and wine. A similar act of hocus-pocus occurs when they combine the chicken liver pté with black currant sauce ($6) with a very raspberry-like 1997 Foppiano Russian River Valley Petite Sirah ($8.25 a glass in the restaurant; about $16 in local stores)...."