Once a month, a group of my girlfriends get together for dinner, wine and catching up. This time around, it was over a big pizza, and we had a big wine to match.
A lot of people look to hearty reds when it comes to pizza: Zinfandel, Sangiovese or Barbera, for example. I chose the Vinum Petite Sirah Clarksburg PETS 2007 ($14). Petite Sirahs have a reputation as chewy, brawny and tannic monsters. But not all are like that; I’ve had previous vintages of the Vinum PETS and have liked its spicy, juicy style and the balance of big, ripe fruit flavors with smooth tannins. The 2007 was terrific with the slice (OK, two) of pepperoni I had. I rated it 87 points, non-blind.
Petite Sirah goes by many names. In addition to its true identity as the French grape Durif, I’ve heard it referred to it as “Petty Sarah” and “Pets,” which is where this wine gets its name. In a nod to this alias, a portion of the sales of the Vinum PETS goes to an animal shelter fund.
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