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Sirah vs Syrah vs Shiraz vs Sera

Posted on December 30, 2014

Syrah, Petite Sirah, Shiraz . . . they’re all the same, right? Not quite. While all of these grapes produce big, bold, spicy red wines, one of these things (varietals) is not like the others. In short, Syrah and Shiraz refer to the same type of dark-skinned grape grown in More..

Everything you wanted to know about veraison… but were afraid to ask.

Posted on August 07, 2012

Size matters apparently. So does color! Veraison is that time of year when we look for the largest, most ripe grapes and start gearing up for harvest. Winemaker Matt from Kendall-Jackson explains in his blog that veraison is a physiological stage in the vine life cycle that is marked by More..

Welcome to our new blog!

Posted on February 15, 2012

Greetings from Platypus Wine Tours and welcome to our lovely new blog. Here you’ll find all kinds of information about our wine tours to the most beautiful wineries in America’s premier wine regions of Napa Valley, St. Helena and Calistoga, Sonoma Valley, Russian River/Healdsburg and North Sonoma County. Each week More..