Sometimes a single letter can mean a world of difference, but yet we need to be careful about why we may face different spellings for the same thing. Or sometimes we see similar spellings that mean very different things.

In some cases, they may be the same, only affected by how one country writes a name. In others, well, the difference can mean a lot. In fact, two of these are the same, so be careful.

Let’s explore the differences between Sirah, Syrah, Shiraz, and even Sera.


Syrah and Shiraz are the same. These grapes produce a deep-colored, robust, full-bodied wine from dark skinned, big and bold, spicy red grapes.
The difference happens to be where the grapes are produced. The Europeans tend to call their wines Syrah, while the Australians use the term, Shiraz.


Sirah, or more accurately Petite Sirah, is a different grape varietal altogether. Currently grown in parts of Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino, the grape produces a wine that is deep colored, robust, full-bodied, and peppery with lots of tannins and tends to age well.
People seem to either really love or hate Petite Sirah, mainly because of its spicy and peppery intensity. This compares to Syrah’s or Shiraz’s smoother, more refined qualities which make it more of a general crowd-pleaser.


Sera is not a grape or wine at all. It’s an Italian word for “to be”. The 1956 movie The Man Who Know Too Much that featured the song “Que Sera, Sera” which means “whatever will be, will be.” The song was written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans in 1956, and starred Doris Day and James Stewart.
OK, now you know.

Reserve Your Spot for a Platypus Wine Tour

On your next trip to the area, reserve a spot for some real California wine country tours with Platypus Wine Country Tours.

You will have a choice of Sonoma County or Napa Valley wine tasting tours and can sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery as you move along in a modern, well-equipped coach.

During your Sonoma or Napa wine tasting tours, you will be treated to enjoyable information regarding the area as well as interesting insights into grape growing and wine production.

For nearly twenty years, the crew at Platypus has led groups throughout the region on Sonoma and Napa Valley wine tasting tours and has become the premier company for these outings.

You can reserve your place for join-in or private California wine country tours by visiting the Platypus Wine Tours website.

If you have any questions or need to make special arrangements, you may phone Platypus Wine Tours at (707)-253-2723.

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