What a little beauty of a Syrah from Jonathan and Susan Pey of Spicerack Vineyards. Their "Punchdown" Syrah comes from two cool-climate sites on the Sonoma Coast. Rich and spicy with scents of cassis, black pepper and wild herbs, this is an elegant, moderately priced Syrah, a great buy for the price and a California Syrah that plays well with food.
Open a bottle for some grilled or sautéed calves' liver, a pasta with chicken liver or gizzard sauce, some lamb chops or a simple roast chicken.
-- S. Irene Virbila Region: Sonoma Coast
Price: From $20 to $25.
Style: Lush and spicy.
What it goes with: Calves' liver, chicken liver or gizzard pasta, lamb or roast chicken.
Where to find it: K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, www.klwines; Mission Wines in South Pasadena, (626) 403-9463, www.missionwines.com; the Wine Country in Signal Hill, (562) 597-8303, www.thewine; and Artisan Cheese Gallery in Studio City, (818) 505-0207, www. And also directly from the winery at www.spicerack, with free shipping on a half-case or more.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times