Petite sirah is anything but petite. This resurgent dry red table wine, often referred to as "a winemaker's wine," is climbing the popularity charts in this country, chasing such competitors as merlot, malbec and cabernet sauvignon for favor among American winos.
Way back in 1976 a British wine exporter living in Paris decided to shake the trees. His name was Steven Spurrier (no, not the old ball coach) and what he did had a seismic impact on the wine world that reverberates today.
In last month's column, the second installment taking us around the world seeking signature grapes in countries and regions, I mentioned getting feedback from readers. All three of them called or emailed.