Shiraz pairs very well with many types of foods. It’s one of the most versatile wines when looking for a food pairing, likely because it is made in so many different styles.
Shiraz vs Syrah
So what is really the difference between Shiraz and Syrah? Nothing – they are actually the same Varietal. Though far from an official distinction, “Shiraz” will generally come from a hotter environment and might be a slightly lighter, more fruit forward wine with less acid on the finish. It’s Australia’s “national” red wine and much as it galls me as a proud native Californian, some of the best Shiraz comes from down under (somewhat ironic because as I write this post, I’m on a 747 flying home from Australia). Wine that is called “Syrah”, more often than not, are a little deeper in color, with less fruit and a little more tannins and acid on the finish but this is strictly the whim of the winemaker. For this post, we’ve chosen foods that go with the lighter, fruitier style. If you are looking for food pairings with Syrah made in a more traditional style, check out our blog post on Syrah food pairings.