Syrah originated in France, and some of France’s best wines are exquisite Syrahs produced in the Rhone Valley. Today Syrah wines are found in California as well as South Africa and Australia where it is called Shiraz (a possible reference to the grape’s origins in ancient Persia). Wines made Syrah from tend to be full-bodied, robust, fruity, and spicy, often with meaty overtones. Many premium Syrahs have great aging potential due to their concentrated flavor and high level of tannins. They pair well with all kinds of grilled meats and BBQ as well as rich pasta dishes and wood-fired pizzas.