Pronounced pah-teet-see-rah. A California grape varietal used in the production of robust red wines. The Petit Sirah is thought to be the Durif varietal of France's Rhône region. The Durif varietal was created by Dr. Durif in the 1800's, a cross of Syrah and Peloursin varietals. Small Petit Sirah vineyards also exist in France. Petit Sirah is both a blending grape and a varietal. It provides zest and compexity when blended with other reds, such as Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon.