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Any Peppermint Paddock Fans Out There?

I'm just about to finish a case of d'Arenberg's Peppermint Paddock that I grabbed about six years ago. It's a Sparkling Chambourcin from Australia and anyone who has had terrible sparkling burgundies (Which I think they used to call Cold Duck?) should give this wine a chance. I've shared every bottle with someone who has never had a sparkling red (most people under 40) and it has been a hit 100% of the time.

From a wine merchant's site...

"(The Chambourcin) produces a heady sparkling wine with an irresistible purple color, an aroma of violets and blueberries still on the bush and a fruit-forward taste that is balanced by some pretty serious tannins and acidity. Not really a quaffer, this deserves some big, lusty food. Ribs on the BBQ is not a bad idea."

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  1. My least popular thread ever! :)

    I assume that Peppermint Paddock is really under the radar, or not liked, so I will just highly recommend it and slink away. I got my bottles at The Wine House in LA. Cheers!

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    1. re: SaltCod

      3 yearstasting and buying d'Arenberg from the SoCal distributor and I never heard of this let alone tasted it. A quick Google shows it at at Zachy's in NY and not available at K&L. Appears not to be a majorly distributed product, which probably explains the lack of response.

      1. re: Midlife

        Because I just got it at my regular wine shop, on the recommendation of a friend, I didn't realize it was so poorly distributed. Thanks for the info. :)

    2. My partner is a huge fan, he stumbles across it once in a while and picks up a few bottles. To me, it tastes too much like the fizzy juice I scooped out of fermenting bins of Cabernet when I was a child, but I think I have a psychological block which is preventing me from giving it the full benefit of my attention. Isn't it close to $40 a bottle?

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      1. re: SteveG

        I think I paid about 25 or 30 bucks a bottle and, yes, the fizziness really throws some people for a loop. But, generally people have warmed up to it really quickly in my experience. I serve it slightly chilled and the blood red bubbles smell incredible. Damn, now I want one. Thanks a lot Steve. :(

      2. I'm definitely part of the 40ish cohort whose only experience with sparkling red was the occasional lambrusco but I was intrigued by this thread so bought a case (from Zachy's, they were great to deal with). I'm drinking my first glass now and it's a knockout, thanks for the recommendation! (I don't think I chilled it enough so I put the bottle back in the fridge but it's still pretty great as is.) I disagree that it's "not really a quaffer" since I'm enjoying it on its own and yet somehow I was suddenly compelled to order a pepperoni pizza with crushed red pepper. Thanks!

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        1. re: waferthin

          You got the Zachy's stash! Jealous!!

          Pairing a Peppermint Paddock with a spicy slice is completely in the spirit of that wine. Sounds delicious and glad you're enjoying it. I'm sitting on a single bottle of '99 and am not going to crack it until I have some backup. :)

          Ps Found a Peppermint Paddock info page I've never seen before, fyi...

          http://www.darenberg.com.au/products/...

          1. re: waferthin

            Thanks for the tip. Looks like I may be able to get it online. They don't mention the wine on the site, but it's available for sale under "sparklings".

          2. Hi; my sister and I are great Peppermint Paddock fans. We've just managed to track down a case...in Scotland! Now the deal is to get six bottles to me over the border in Derbyshire, England, 300 miles South. Tricky but worth it! It's a great wine, big on bubbles but full of flavour and it packs a punch.