September 13, 2004
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Syrah Homework

Syrah Homework
At Stag's Leap Cellars. Photo: Hugh Davis
Jancis Robinson insists that you will learn best by comparing wines, side by side. Tonight, we did our Syrah homework, comparing a 2000 Crozes Hermitage and a nice Australian Shiraz (Wynns Coonawara Estates 2001).

Both wines went very nicely with the grilled filet mignon and fresh sweet corn, grilled in the husk. The Australian seemed awfully tannic at first, but improved a lot as the night went on. So, for that matter, did the Crozes Hermitage, which wasn't very tannic to begin with. Wine is like that.