Shiraz is a grape varietal that is grown in Australia and traces its origins from France, where it is known as Syrah. Some of the most famous French wines from the RhôneValley, such as Hermitage and Côte Rôtie, are made with this deep, dark, rich, red grape. Like a modern cosmopolitan Casanova who can please any woman he is with, this varietal has shown amazing versatility and adaptive ability to get in and thrive in different countries including South African, Spain, Chile, Argentina, and the US.
I recently came upon a spectacular Shiraz from Australia that enraptured my taste buds. ( You can also give your taste buds a thrill AND you can get a special $100 discount on great wines. Details at the end of the post.)
Unlike its French cousin, which typically tastes smokey with black pepper notes, Australian Shiraz’s trademark is dark chocolate. Yum!
The stunning vinous libation I fell in love with is the Fletcher 2010 Shiraz from Margaret River, Australia.
This bold red seduced me with its distinctive traits: jammy fruit, a hint of licorice, and of course, a dark chocolate nuance. As the wine permeated my palate, it inspired me to create a recipe that would accentuate those delicious aromas and flavors. I wanted to make a sauce with the wine, and then pair it with meat that is almost marinaded in it. You may think that it’s a tad extravagant to use wine for cooking from the same bottle you are drinking. But the ability to accentuate and combine flavors that enable a sensual link between food and wine separates the extraordinary cook from his common counterpart.
Try my Shiraz-Chocolate Sauce with Grilled Sirloin, and you too will understand.
Note: There is also a grape varietal known as petite-syrah, which, in spite of its name, is not related to Shiraz/Syrah. I’ll be chatting to you about wines made from this other varietal next week.
Party with Shiraz
Now, if you’ve been thinking about a way to host a fun party, why not do a tasting with different Shiraz/Syrah wines from several countries? The French versions do tend to be rather pricey. For example, the famous Hermitage can cost upwards of several hundred dollars. However, there’s a Syrah from Croze-Hermitage that costs much less. Then there are quite a few affordable yet sensational Shirazes from Australia (Fletcher 2010 Margaret River Shiraz), and from California (F.Stephen Millier, 2011 Angel’s Reserve Shiraz). Both of these are exclusive to NakedWines.com.
If you’re wondering where you can pick up some of these tasty grapes, the best part is this is one liquor store where you don’t have to wear shirt and shoes to shop…or pants for that matter. NakeWines.com only peddles their product online, so they take extra care in shipping that sweet (but not too sweet!) stuff right to your door.
Ok, you caught me, I lied. Buying tasty wine in your boxers, briefs or Underoos (hey, I’m not here to judge, but you must be 21) is not the best part.
A Sweet Discount on Some Primo Shiraz
Ready to party? The wonderful people at NakedWines.com are giving my readers a special offer for a limited time.
You can get your hands on some awesome Syrahs and other great wines, have them delivered right to your door, AND get a $100 discount when you purchase twelve bottles worth $160 or more. I’m not saying you have to throw down one hundred and sixty bucks, nay, just fill your e-cart with that much product, give them the code below, and automagically your total will be one Benjamin cheaper.
You’re getting $160 worth of wine for only $60. That means you get wine more than 50% off! Where can you find such a deal these days? OK, enough of my chit-chat, here’s that Special Code and Password:
Click on the e-voucher or here for the exclusive link to a great discount on these wines, then enter:
So, get yourself a few bottles of Syrah (and other fine vino from NakedWines.com), make my Syrah-Chocolate Sauce recipe, invite a few friends over (or just that special someone, but be sure to put your pants on first) and enjoy the delights of sensual pairings.
Read the fine print below, before you’re good and sauced.
Your Kitchen Seduction Ally,
Terms and conditions:
“To claim your $100 discount you must purchase 12 or more 750ml bottles of wine totaling at least $160 in a single purchase. First time customers only. One per customer. Must be 21 or older to redeem. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted. Alcoholic beverage industry members not eligible. See www.nakedwines.com for a list of states where we ship and other applicable shipping and promotions restrictions. Product selection may vary by state. Claim within 30 days. This voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion or offer. Discount apportioned amongst all items purchased. No cash value. Reproduction, purchase and/or sale of this offer is prohibited. Offer cannot be doubled. Not affiliated with Naked Winery, www.nakedwinery.com in Hood River Oregon. Full terms and conditions at www.nakedwines.com. Nakedwines.com, Inc., Napa, CA.”
A note from Karen:
I do not receive any monetary compensation from NakedWines.com. I do love their exclusive wines and like their business model of
inviting wine drinkers to become Naked Angel Investors, of which I am one for the extremely low investment of $40/per month. This is credited towards
my wine orders, so that I can enjoy fine wines while supporting independent winemakers.
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