Syrah is a grape with a split personality. Syrah and Shiraz are just two names for the same grape.
Syrah is a grape with a split personality. Like Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio, Syrah and Shiraz are just two names for the same grape. What's in a name? For Syrah, it can tell you a lot. A Rhône Valley Syrah is powerful and rich. Australian Shiraz is fruit-forward and punchy. Cool climate Syrah from Sonoma is yet another thing, all acidity and smokey, earthy flavors. The name a winemaker chooses to use when working with the Syrah grape will usually tease out their aspirations.
Syrah is originally from the northern end of the Rhône Valley, with the most famous examples coming from the Côte-Rôtie, or "Roasted Slope." Today great Syrah is grown all over the world, but many of the best New World examples still follow the Old World style.
Syrah is possibly the great unifier of the wine world, almost everyone loves it. Whether it comes from Australia or Southern France, or whether it is part of a "GSM" (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre) blend it's fun and easy to enjoy for wine drinks at every level.