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Dear Dr. Vinny,
One of my favorite grapes has always been Shiraz. My question is this: I often hear people pronouncing it as "sheerazz," as in "jazz," and also as "sheerahs," as in "Mazda." Which seems to be the more common pronunciation? I usually use "sheerahs," as this is what I hear most often. Your thoughts, please.
—Robb L., Sebastian, Fla.
You say to-may-to, and I say to-mah-to. When referring to Shiraz, the Aussie name of the Syrah grape, you need to think of how Crocodile Dundee, Mel Gibson, Olivia Newton-John or any other Australians you might know would say it. With a bit of swagger (and a slight Down Under drawl), look your mate in the eye and say "Shee-RAZZ." It rhymes with "pizzazz."
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