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Petite Sirah? Petite Syrah? Petit Syrah? Petit Sirah?

Often spelled Petite Syrah, Petit Syrah, Petit Sirah or Petite Sirah, this wine has a rather elusive naming history.
 
Sirah is often compared to Syrah in taste and body. However, knowledgeable winemakers agree that the Syrah is an easier grape to grow than Petite Sirah. One of the challenges facing Petite Sirah growers is its "low vigor" and grapes that are about half the size of a Syrah." Petite Syrah, much like Zinfandel, is often considered America's Grape and has developed a loyal following on this side of the Atlantic.
 As for "Petit" versus "Petite," a quick primer in French grammar will sort that out. "Petite," or "small," is the adjective modifying a feminine noun. As a result, the adjective needs to be the same gender as its corresponding noun. "Petite" is also pronounced "pet-eat" versus "petty" for its masculine equivalent.
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