2006 Le Vigne Winery Pullman Petite Sirah

Compared to a Syrah or Shiraz, this wine is noticeably darker and more purple in color, rounder and fuller in the mouth and offers a brightness that Syrah lacks.

It’s March, which means St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, and that makes me think of John, my college roommate from Tulane. John is as Irish as they come.

Yes, he’s a character and yes, he can drink with the best of them. He even fathered Irish twins: boys born less than 10 months apart. (Now that is either a testament to his virility or to his wife’s tolerance, I know not which.)

But John could also cook. Not always, mind you. When we first moved off campus and it was his night to man the kitchen, he would boil potatoes. That was it: just potatoes. Cliché but painfully, comically true.

Thankfully, New Orleans got to him as it did us all, and he gradually expanded his repertoire.

I’ve got a hankering for John’s Red Beans and Rice, and I‘m pairing it with a 2006 Le Vigne Winery Pullman Petite Sirah ($16 at Dreadnought Wines, Strip District). Compared to a Syrah or Shiraz, this wine is noticeably darker and more purple in color, rounder and fuller in the mouth and offers a brightness that Syrah lacks.

Try it and you, too, might become a fan of this lesser-known varietal.
 

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