It's <i>curieuse</i> indeed how Syrah can be made into such a wide array of styles. Grown in all corners of the world, from South Africa to Australia, it's a variety that can develop into wildly different wines. This French example hails from a cool growing region that imparts its trademark aromatics of olive and black pepper, followed by concentrated notes of blackberry, blood orange and smoked meat on the palate. Pair this gorgeous red with grilled lamb for a sublime experience.
Rhône Valley, France
Jean Phillips, founder of Screaming Eagle, Napa's most famous winery, paid the closing costs on the vineyard with her credit card, she was so strapped for cash. Several years later, she sold the winery for millions.