Pronunciation: [peh-TEET sih-RAH]
Grown mainly in California, this red wine grape produces a big, robust and peppery wine. Although not as popular as California's cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir or zinfandelIn California, the Petite Sirah grape was long thought to be syrah, a theory now discounted by enologists (see enology). During the 1990s, DNA analysis proved there is a relationship between the two grapes: Most of California's Petite Sirah is the same as Durif, a lesser-known variety in the rhone and one of Durif's parents, as shown by DNA evidence. This variety is also spelled Petit Syrah and Petit Sirah.