The map shows many of the California wine regions
Syrah is the only red grape planted in the northern Rhône Valley. It is also grown in Argentina, South Africa and California, and is the signature red grape of Australia where it is known as Shiraz. Its bouquet usually includes white or black pepper, mulberries and blackcurrants, perhaps with a touch of tar. The taste also includes tannin and oak as well as those aromas. Syrah ages well. Syrah, whether from California or not is a good accompaniment for Pizza, Pasta, Game, Duck and grilled and roasted red meats in general. California Syrah is recommended with Beef Curry.
California Syrah starts at about $10. In this price range you might try the Cycles Gladiator Syrah Central Coast with plum, expresso, and spice flavors. You may age this wine for two years. For about $25 take a look at the (Sonoma Valley) Geyser Peak Shiraz with its ripe berry flavors with pepper and spice. If you care to spend about $40 try the Foxen 2005 Syrah Santa Ynez Valley Williamson-Dore Vineyard which may be aged for about seven to ten years. Its tastes include roasted herbs, sweet and sour cherries, and blackberries.