2008 Andrew Murray Tous les Jours Syrah

Andrew Murray Tous les Jours Syrah, Central Coast, CA

This Syrah has all the personality Andrew Murray’s wines have always had when I was introduced to the winery back in 1997. I had left the Chumash Casino’s generous Blackjack tables (a.k.a. my office in those days) and instead of heading to Santa Maria to pick up Pamalicious where she was taking flight lessons to earn her pilot’s license I made a wrong turn and wound up at the winery. After tasting the wine and going down the hill into Santa Barbara, I then quickly headed north to the Santa Maria Airport where my lovely pilot/partner was waiting patiently. It was a pleasure to receive this sample from Andrew Murray not only because it hit a homerun, it proves my point that if a sommelier says they cannot sell Syrah it is only because they do not know enough about them. Once armed with the knowledge to educate their guests on the meritorious value these wines usually represent compared to other big flavored red wines they should be flying off the shelf particularly in Oregon where we live because they do not compete with the Pinot Noir. As this wine cascaded into the glass, the deep color sent a message of, “Hello, so you wanted a wine with huge flavors that is smooth and versatile, well here I am.” The aromas are pleasing and very berrylicious. The taste as it spreads softly across the palate generates flavors more commonly found in wines costing three times as much. The long lush pleasing finish cleanses and as you take another bite, the wine beckons you back to repeat the experience. Serve this with almost any hearty pasta, pizza, roasted or grilled meat or for this price a perfectly cooked bacon cheeseburger! This certainly fits the bill for an everyday drinking wine. I wish all my days included a bottle of this.

Rating: Excellent (91) | $16 | 14.5% ABV


About the Author:

Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to OregonLive.com (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.


  1. Haley August 23, 2011 at 10:35 PM - Reply

    Sounds delicious!!!!

  2. SSHan August 24, 2011 at 5:57 PM - Reply

    I have plenty of hearty pasta and pizza laying around so this wine is right up my alley. Eyyahh!

    • enobytes August 25, 2011 at 9:32 PM - Reply


  3. Jarrett Vonniederhaus August 25, 2011 at 4:06 PM - Reply

    Excellent review. A lot of useful info here. I’m sending it to a few buddies and also sharing in delicious. And naturally, thank you on your effort!

    • enobytes August 25, 2011 at 9:32 PM - Reply

      Cheers Jarrett!

  4. Daniel Bensberg September 16, 2011 at 6:41 AM - Reply

    I have drank this Syrah on many occasions and agree its really good. What others do you recommend?

  5. Rudy Yannone September 17, 2011 at 7:27 AM - Reply

    Hi, Wonderful article! This is my first time visiting here. I discovered numerous fascinating stuff in your site.

  6. Deiter September 19, 2011 at 3:17 AM - Reply

    I love, love, love syrah so I’ll give it a try.

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