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by Fred McMillin
Is Syrah Overtaking Merlot?
The Last Red-Wine Fad
In the early 1990s Merlot demand "quickly went crazy." Consequently, California production tripled in just a few years as a result of the fad. BUT, "remember Pouilly-Fuisse, the lovely white wine from France that became widely popular in the 1970s. [Production increased] and soon the boom busted. Is the same in store for Merlot?"
—from the Wall St. Journal Guide to Wine by Gaiter and Brecher
The Next Red-Wine Fad?
In the late 1990s "Syrah emerged as one of the most exciting new developments in California wine", with the early-drinking appeal of Merlot.
—from California Wine by James Laube
Just how good are the new, trendy Syrahs? Better than the Merlots? To get an answer, we paired 11 affordable California Syrahs with Merlots of the same vintage and price range. Here's the winner of each match. The highest rated winner is listed last. That is, the further you read, the better the wine.
And the best wine of the tasting...
Syrah won seven of the eleven matches. Watch out, Merlot!
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