Syrah is widely planted around the world, although it seems to flourish in Australia, Washington State and in the Rhone Valley of France. This resilient grape is relatively easy to grow and produces wines from the easy-drinking, fresh style to the intense, full-bodied and highly concentrated style. The traditional flavors of Syrah include dense red and dark berry, violet, tar, pepper and spice. The most popular form of Syrah is produced in Australia, where it is known as Shiraz. Most consumers are not aware that Syrah dominates the Northern Rhone, producing the renowned Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage. Syrah is best served at room temperature with full-flavored meats, game stews and cheese.