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If you’re a fan of red wines from the Rhône Valley in France or Australia, chances are you are a fan of Syrah. And what’s not to like? Syrah produces full-bodied, red wines that we can pair with bold foods like barbecue and blue cheese. That’s a pretty impressive feast! But the great news is that there are other amazing varietals similar to Syrah for you to try.
One of the tools a winemaker uses to craft their own style is oak. The extent to which wine is oaked depends on choices made throughout the winemaking process, allowing the winemaker to distinguish their Chardonnays from the rest.