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May 30, 2007 03:49 PM

Sparkling Shiraz?

Can anyone recommend a good sparkling shiraz? I've read that it's wonderful with any type of barbecued red meat. I usually drink a South African pinotage with barbecue and would like to try a sparkler for a change of pace.

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  1. I've only had one -- The Black Chook, from Australia. Very enjoyable!

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    1. My friend in San Francisco told me this won a prize there, so
      I went to the vineyard and loved it so much I bought it on the spot.
      Sorry that it's a merlot though!

      1. Where do you live? The largest selection of Sparkling Shiraz in the US -- that I know of -- is at The Jug Shop in San Francisco. But a lot of wines are brought inot the US in such small quantities, they aren't available everywhere. And if you are in Canada or elsewhere, I'm happy to give you some names of soe very good ones, but i don't know if they would be available where you live . . .

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        1. re: zin1953

          I'm in NJ...Ocean County. If you can give me the names, I'll contact Wine Legend in Cherry Hill...they have an enormous inventory and may possibly carry it. Thanks!

          1. re: MartiniQueen

            Here are some I've had . . . (in random, off-the-top-of-my-head order):

            Trevor Jones Sparking Shiraz
            Majella Coonawarra Sparkling Shiraz
            Fox Creek McLaren Vale "Vixen"
            Hardys Australia Sparkling Shiraz (large winery -- this might be the easiest to find)
            Galah South Australia Sparkling Red
            Peter Rumball Sparkling Shiraz
            Peter Lehmann "Black Queen" Sparkling Shiraz
            Turkey Flat Sparkling Shiraz
            . . . . and many more!

            You may also just want to look here:

            1. re: zin1953

              Zin....I live in Canada...posted about Sparkling Shiraz some time you know where to buy in Canada? Ontario?? THanks

              1. re: LoN

                Wouldn't the answer be the LCBO? (Or, more likely, Vintages?)

                1. re: zin1953

                  Mmm....the LCBO's within a 60 miles radius of me don't carry if you know of an outlet anywhere, I'm willing to drive! Were you suggesting that the list you provided above might all be available in Canada??? Off to Alberta in the fall and figure my chances are likely better out there!

                  1. re: LoN

                    You can search the LCBO website for product availability.

                    They currently list two sparkling Shirazes, both low-end stuff: Hardy's Banrock Station ($14.15) and Seaview's Sparkling Shiraz ($14.15). In the past, the LCBO has offered classier sparklers like E&E Black Pepper.

                    If your local LCBO outlet doesn't stock a wine that's available elsewhere in the system, I believe you can have it transferred. New releases (you should subscribe to the LCBO's free Vintages magazine to learn about them) can be ordered through your outlet two weeks before the release date.

                    Alberta stores normally have a decent selection of sparkling Shirazes. See or, for all the deets, check the Alberta Liquor Guide (when it's not on the fritz, that is).

                    1. re: carswell

                      Thanks....I was under the impression that the local LCBO would only bring in a case, nothing less.... reluctant to order till I know I like it!! I'll be trying as many as I can find when I get back to Alberta!

              2. re: zin1953

                Thanks, Zin...I was able to find the Hardy's at Canal's in Mays Landing. What serving temp would you recommend?

                1. re: MartiniQueen

                  Serve as you would a regular sparkling wine, but slightly warmer -- in other words, chill it down, take it out of the refrigerator about 10-15 minutes before you serve it, and only use an ice bucket if you think it gets too warm.

                  Sorry for the delay in replying, but I was on vacation and out-of-town.


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