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January 25, 2014

Howard Hewitt: Lenore Syrah is great tasting value wine

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The suggested retail is $16.95 and I found it online cheaper than that.

This wine is a wonderful pairing for winter stews, roasted meat, or even chili.

Other Washington Syrah value labels include: Sparkman, Southard, Fausse Piste, Trust, Betz Family, Abacela, Spring Valley, Saviah Cellars, Dusted Valley, and many, many more.

Paso Robles on California’s Central Coast is another region known for its outstanding Syrah. The fruit is bigger and so is the finish but the value at a slightly higher price than Washington is still there in the next price tier.

Look for labels like Eberle (the Godfather of California Syrah), Tablas Creek, Saxum, Calcareous, L’Aventure, and many more. But one of the great ways to enjoy Syrah is from Paso Robles’ great Syrah blends using traditional Rhone grapes like Grenache and Mourvedre.

If you want something simple, cheap, and very easy to drink and find – then try the French Les Jamelles Syrah. It’s certainly not as well-defined wines as any mentioned here but it’s very drinkable and almost always under $10.

Syrah has been a much maligned grape in recent years but try it with hearty winter meals and you just might become a fan.

Howard Hewitt, Crawfordsville, In., writes about value wine every other week for 23 Midwestern newspapers. Read his wine blog at: www.howardhewitt.net.

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