Over the weekend I held a Syrah wine tasting for a small group of folks. I selected a few bottles from my collection to do a little compare/contrast the different styles out there. We were going to have 8 different wines to compare but due to a few drop outs (creating larger-sized "tastes") we made it through the six bottles in the picture.
One of my biggest pet peeves with tastings is hearing the presenter talk about how a certain wine would go well with some type of food but not having any present for you to try out the pairing. In order to correct this, I created a few dishes and selected several cheeses and chocolates that I thought would pair with the Syrahs (if you want to try one, pick up Lindt's chili-infused dark chocolate). I grilled a peppered beef tenderloin and make a side of BBQ baby-back ribs for meats to try and for cheeses offered a Gouda (not smoked), a medium sharp cheddar, Emmentaler Premier Cru, and a Blue cheese along with the Lindt's mentioned above. All wines were stored at 55 degrees and decanted before serving. The wines we tasted (and my own tasting notes) were:
I think that if you just want to pop open a bottle of Syrah for consumption you can't go wrong with the Mitolo. If you want something "serious" and want to spend a little more ($33) definitely pick up the Hitching Post (but hurry, they are a boutique producer and make only a few hundred cases).
Wines Reported On In 2009: 59