ISO Sparkling Shiraz
After a recent visit to Australia, we thought for sure that sparkling reds would make there way here (Canada) by now.....no such luck. It seemed to be a growing phenom down under....our favourite was at the Yalumba vineyard in the Barossa valley. Does anyone know of any labels available - say in North America????
I guess it depends upon where you are in Canada.
Sparkling Shiraz has been available in Alberta for over a decade. The first one I tried was E. & E. Black Pepper Sparkling Shiraz from Richmond Hills in Calgary. I think I still have a bottle at home.
I have seen others from Seppelt, a label called "Vixen", enjoyed the "Chainsaw" label from Knapstein and several others.
Can vary between sweet and forgettable and quite excellent.
Checked with my local store and they currently have the following in stock
'94 Seppelt Show Show Reserve Sparkling Shiraz [Victoria] $66.99
'97 Peter Lehman The Black Queen Sparkling Shiraz [Barossa]$31.99
Seaview Sparkling Shiraz [SE Australia] $12.49
Would like to try the Seppelt Show Reserve is someone else was buying [smile]
I know I have also seen sparkling cab blends and a sparkling malbec from Argentina but it was pretty dreadful.
You don't say where you're located, LoN. As far as I know, sparkling shiraz has never been sold in Quebec but Ontario's LCBO has stocked a few (e.g. Hardys NV, E&E Black Pepper) from time to time. Sheppelt Show is the benchmark, said to be able to age for decades. Elderton NV used to -- and may still -- be sold in Alberta.
Thanks BobMac and carswell.....ironically, we were in Edmonton for 2 decades before moving back to Ontario....and I DID have a sparkling red years ago at none other than the Iron Bridge!!! I have heard it's no longer there (124 and Jasper??) We have lots of friends there and perhaps we can score a favour and have a bottle sent to us!! Can I ask the name of your "local" store?? We frequented a store on 178th street - name escapes me, but also visited Dennis Miller and Cristal's....I'd love to try the Lehman shiraz...we were right at the vineyard door in OZ. Vintages at the LCBO in Ontario do carry a couple from time to time, so will have to watch closely.
Another note....I contacted the Yalumba rep for Canada and they actually brought in the Sparkling Shiraz a couple of years ago, but no longer....so sad....it was quite yummy. Too bad it doesn't travel well or we would have brought a couple bottles home with us!!!
Small world LoN:
The spot I mentioned is deVines [www.devineswnes.ca] which is right downtown just north of Jasper Avenue on 104th Street which is the midst of redeveloping. Condo towers going up everwhere.
The Sidetrack Cafe has moved from its previous location up the street a block or two etc..
Ed Fong is one of the principals at DeVines and you might remember him initially with William Bincoletto from the "flagship" 106th Street ALCB store back in the days of the "state monopoly" and then Sunterra and Cristall's.
The store you mentioned might have been Grapes and Grains. I am out in the west end as well.
The Iron Bridge is now Orginal Joe's or Chicago Joe's. Something to that effect. Will be doing big business as it is supposed to get over 32 degrees here today so that area of Glenora will be hopping and people will be filling their patio if not all out as the Edmonton Grand Prix or Klondike...ooops, excuse me Capitol X days.
Dennis Miller's stores are no longer open but he is back in town and in the wine business. I almost literally bumped into him coming out of Spinelli's a couple of weeks ago in Little Italy.
Your friends should not have any problem finding the sparking shiraz. Most may not have as many as Ed and co. but usually have one. I would recommend something other than the Seaview or Vixen. Even the big chains like Liquor Depot will usually have one better one.
Thanks BobMac....our paths probably crossed many years ago! Appreciated the "updates"....I worked at Scotia Place so of course frequented Sunterra.....think I remember Ed Fong. It was Grapes and Grains in the west end for sure....will definitely follow up on devines for my sparkling shiraz....should we decide on a big splurge and go for the Seppelt Reserve, I'll certainly report back! It will bring back so many wonderful memories of the trip to OZ AND our fun times in Edmonchuck!!!
Bob Mac... so funny that you bought e&e at Richmond Hill, I work there!
In addition to the one's mentioned above there is also the Kelly's Promise, the Elderton Ashmead Family (my fave), Majella and the Rockford Black Guts Sp. Shiraz.
All available out West, but not ON.
By the way, if you're looking for a great food pairing for this wine, try bringing it on a picnic with rare roast beef sandwiches...
My newest obsession is Black Chook Sparkling Shiraz NV-- a perfect way to end the day for $16 (at Silverlake Wine, if you're in the LA area). The store had offerings from a few other wineries, but this particular Australian one was clearly the best-selling of the bunch.
Just bought 3 different Sparkling Shiraz for New Year's eve....A Majella 2004, a Shingleback McLaren Vale "Black Bubbles" and a Rumball Sparkling Shiraz....
Has anyone tried them? Any suggestions as too what to pair them with?
Largest selection I know is at The Jug Shop in San Francisco, CA (as in "California," not "Canada"; sorry.)
I found a nice selection @ an upscale market here in Scottsdale AZ, I have decided to make an appetizer of prosciutto and marscapone, w/ figs. I hope that will pair well w/ the sparkling Shiraz this evening.