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            Syrah Night at the Marketplace

                Wednesday, July 30, 2008

                      4:00 to 6:00 pm

                   Syrah Tasting Flight

Map these wineries                  Click on the blue links for winery information 

2005 Halter Ranch Vineyard, Paso Robles, Estate (Dble Gold, Best Red Wine)

2005 Calcareous Cellars, Paso Robles

2006 Zenaida Cellars, Paso Robles

2005 Hug Cellars, Paso Robles, Cedar Lane Vineyard (Gold Medal)

Featured Winemaker: Joe Barton from Grey Wolf Cellars from 6 to 7pm

Featured Chef: Andre from Dining with Andre

Olive Oil Tasting: Pasolivo Olive Oil--Joeli Yaguda

Syrah Tasting Notes:  very dark and flavorful grape that is easy to work with – Healthy, early ripening, resistant to mildew and rot, suitable for winemaking in a variety of styles. At is best, Syrah can slug it out with high end Cabernet and Pinot Noir. As a single varietal, Syrah is the basis for the great reds of the Northern Rhône: as an ingredient in blends, it contributes much of the character and aging potential for wines of the Southern Rhone. Shiraz (Australian for Syrah) has a distinguished history Down Under, being the most widely planted grape in that country. Blackberry, pepper, plum, black currant, grassy, black peppers, licorice, clove, thyme, bay leaf, herbal, sandalwood, musky and earthy. Oak provides vanilla, coconut, smoke, toast and tar. Aging can add cedar, cigar box and leather. Made full bodied, dry.

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