Wine Swap: Trade Petite Syrah for Noiret

Petite Syrah is beloved for its deep color, high tannins, and berry notes — which are balanced by the earthy flavors of black pepper and cocoa. That description could also apply to Noiret, a hybrid grape that’s increasingly popular in Pennsylvania.

Famous for its peppery aroma, Noiret typically has more mellow tannins and benefits from time in oak barrels. This wine makes a splendid companion to red meat, creamy pasta dishes, and sharp cheeses.

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