Spring is in the air and this week's Wine Wednesday feature the 2012 Qupé Central Coast Syrah may be the perfect wine to toast the season. Qupé, is the Chumash (a Native American People) word for the lovely wildflower turned California state flower known as California Poppy that blooms every spring. The Chumash inhabited the central and southern coastal regions of CA and the wine label pays homage to them. Winery owner Bob Lindquist took the liberty of adding the diacritical mark to the “e” giving the pronunciation kyoo-pay.
Typically, I might think of Syrah as being a big, full bodied, tannic wine, but I found this one to be fruit forward with notes of blackberry, blueberry and plum along with a subtle hint of smoke. The tannins were moderate making for a well balanced wine with that wonderful peppery finish I associate with Syrah. We enjoyed this with Grilled Pork Chops seasoned with Chardonnay smoked sea salt and slathered with Hot Bone Suckin’ Sauce along with a side of Savory Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Pecans and the next night with etouffé. This wine is a very drinkable, ready to drink now wine. To print or save the recipe, click the links below.