The Black Chook Sparkling Shiraz
Recently a friend brought over a bottle of this sparkling shiraz and admitted with a guilty smile that he was kind of hooked. I took one sip and knew why, for I too was hooked. This dark blood red sparkling wine has a nice fruity, crisp, black cherry taste that makes it perfect for strong flavors like barbecues, Indian or Korean foods and has the kind of punch that makes it a perfect ice breaker for a party. Retailing at about $12 (US) a bottle, this may not be a high end vintage wine, but the deep fruity flavor and the bubbly effervescence will turn an everyday occasion into a sparkling affair.