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Australian Shiraz

Everyday Food, March 2004

This exceptionally rich, peppery wine is a good choice for almost any meal.

Where Does It Come From?
Shiraz is the Australian name for Syrah, a centuries-old red-wine grape native to the Rhone Valley region of France, which has been cultivated in Australia since the 1830s.

How Does It Taste?
Ripe fruit and spices are the hallmarks of this lush wine, the flavor of which varies depending on the region in which the grape is grown.

What Foods Go With It?
Shiraz pairs well with pizza and chili, as well as more formal dishes, including braised chicken and pork and roasted salmon.

How Much Does It Cost?
This very popular red wine is widely available, with many bottles in the $10 to $15 range.

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