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by Fred McMillin
The Wrong Name: Women & Wine
The Wrong Name—Women
This is a true story. My friends, the Svadolos, decided their two fine sons might be handicapped in America with such a last name. So they went through the legal process of changing their name to Best.
The next week their happy mother was downtown shopping and bumped into a former neighbor she hadn't seen in several years. It went like this...
Neighbor: "Mrs. Svadolo, it's wonderful to see you again."
The Wrong Name—Wine
This is a true story. About 1880 in the southern Rhone Valley, French botanist Dr. Francois Durif (also spelled Duriff) propagates a variety that still bears his name. What has that to do with California's Petite Syrah??
So, another name for Petite Sirah is Durif?? WRONG! Critic Bob Thompson summed it up this way in 1993, "Genetic tests have proved the Petite is not the Duriff."
OK, OK. So here's the name of our Wine of the Day.
1996 Petite Sirah, Paso Robles, (888) EOS-WNRY, FAX (805) 239-2317
Greek: Ampelos-vine; Graphe-writing. Hence, ampelography is the science of identifying grape varieties. The first comprehensive works were published by the French about a century ago. However, methods have been relatively primitive until the recent advent of such advanced techniques as DNA fingerprinting. So, we can all be prepared for many suprises as the results come in. For example, as I write this, I hear that some California Petite, not all, may actually be Duriff. Stay tuned.
This page created March 2000