Nov 30 2011
If you already prefer sparkling Shiraz over the other wine varieties in meal pairings, then you’ll probably defend its complexities well to doubters. Many do find the combination of dry red wine and bubbles totally absurd and unappealing, though. At first glance, its tint and richness, combined with the fizz, looks quite similar to grape soda pop. The color of the wine, coupled with your unpleasant samplings of its cheaper varieties, should warrant your prejudices. This is quite unfortunate, because exquisite bubbly Shiraz should offer a perfect balance of oak and fruity flavors. The fizzling of the bubbles should enhance your sampling’s aftertaste, which is the exact opposite of your expectations. Whether you want to be properly introduced to sparkling red wines or you’d like to give the variety one last chance to prove itself, you’d best opt for an Australian bottle for the best offerings.
Making bubbly Shiraz is a serious Australian wine industry. You’ll even see glasses of red bubbly more often than reds or whites at dinner tables. If you consider the prospect of pairing bubbly red wine with meals as a waste of good steak and a misuse of the taste buds, then you’re surely ill-acquainted with a good bottle of bubbly Shiraz. Once you do enjoy a sampling from an exquisite bottle, you’ll overcome all your uncertainties and hesitations. Sparkling Shiraz is red wine after all, so you should expect it to be dry. Instead of rosy reds, it should have a deep red or purplish color. It should have very fine bubbles. The fizzle should be different to the coarse fizzle of the carbonated sodas, and it shouldn’t overwhelm the oaky first impression. If you still haven’t sampled sparkling red wine, then it’s quite difficult to describe the ideal expectations in words. If you’ve developed a prejudice against the variety because of its cheap knockoffs, then you’ll only overcome it if you give the variety another chance.
Bubbly red wine was widely abundant during the disco seventies, but the popularity of knock-off varieties cheapened its value and caused the prejudiced consensus against it. In case you’ve lived through the seventies without tarnishing your palate with its substandard varieties, the bubbly red wine could easily become your second preference in wines. Sometimes, it’s best not to have a point of reference when you want to experience new things. If your unpleasant experiences of days gone by is directly associated with the displeasure of substandard samplings, then you’ll only cure your prejudice with a good bottle of sparkling Shiraz. Wine quality could only be properly evaluated through sampling. You could settle for the price tag as an indicator if you can’t pop the cork, though. A decent bottle of bubbly Shiraz could be as affordable as 20 AUD, offering you a proper introduction to its taste. The exquisite batches often come in 100-AUD bottles, so be prepared to shell out as much if you really want to have the best impressions. It’s not a risky investment because you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the unique nuances of its taste.