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How Syrah Left Sangiovese In The Dust

August 2006
 
by Tim Patterson
 
In the mid-1980s, Jim and Suzy Gullett were among the would-be California winemakers looking around for alternative grapes that might be the next new thing. "You'll find this amusing," Jim says, "but we were originally thinking about Rhône varieties. We had appointments set up in France with Guigal. Then I decided that Amador County's Shenandoah Valley was too hot for Syrah, so we went to Italy instead."
 

 
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