Friday, June 18, 2010

Shingleback Black Bubbles Sparkling Shiraz

The wife and I picked this up on a whim at Whole Foods for around US$20.  We were having a vegetarian concoction of couscous, avocado, broccoli and a broccoli-pesto sauce for dinner and it just seemed like it might go well.  And when it's hot, like it was that weekend, a well-made sparkling wine might just be what one needs.

The food, by the way, was amazing.  The wine itself was pretty okay.  It was a nice, dark, inky color which is to be expected with a name like "Black Bubbles".  There was quite a bit of frothy-pinkness at the top and I think my decision to use the French wine glasses (as opposed to some Riedel goblet of opulence) was a good one.  There was plenty of fresh, black fruit taste.  It had good balance that made it seem like more than just carbonated Shiraz.  There is a place for this wine, probably as the first wine in the afternoon of a night that will be full of a long line of wines, but all on its own it left me wanting more...

I like the label design too.