Last night I saw the first Christmas commercial of the season. Really?? Halloween was just 2 days ago. Can’t we spend a little time focusing on Thanksgiving? Well, the advertisers might not, but I’m going to give it the proper attention it deserves.
Today I’m going to tell you about a little something I became slightly obsessed with over the summer (stay with me…this ties into turkey day, I promise). For a few weeks straight I couldn’t get enough Sparkling Shiraz. Not only was I drinking it, but I was also introducing it to any friend that would allow me. And guess what? Now most of them love it as much as I do.
My first taste of a sparkling red was when I did a wine and chocolate pairing at the Oak Bar back in March. If you missed the story, or need a refresher of that very delightful evening, click here. That was the night that my friend Kandace and I were mesmerized by Shooting Star “Black Bubbles” Sparkling Syrah. It paired beautifully with the decadent blackberry truffles, so when I made a chocolate ganache tart a few weeks later and needed something to pair with it, the first thing that came to mind was that wine.
Unfortunately I couldn’t find that particular brand locally, so instead I purchased the best one I could find: The Black Chook Sparkling Shiraz. It seems to be the easiest to find here in Nashville- and that hasn’t neccesarily been easy. One night my friend and I actually drove to three different liquor stores* before I finally found it.
I will say that I did sample a couple of other brands that were slightly less expensive than the Black Chook, but they weren’t nearly as good, so if you’re going to buy a bottle, take my suggestion and go for this brand. (or the Shooting Star if you can find it in your area)
Now you’re probably wondering what the heck any of this has to do with Thanksgiving. Well, now that I’ve become enamored with this bubbly, I’ve been counting down the days for this particular holiday to arrive. Why? Because in all of my reading about sparkling reds, I found that they pair perfectly with turkey! (and duck, heavy cream sauces, chocolate…basically almost all of the dishes that will probably be found on any given Thanksgiving table.) Now that I’ve enjoyed it in the spring and summer, I’m ready to find out how well it will fit into the greatest fall meal of all!
What about you guys? Have any of you had Sparkling Shiraz before, and if so, what have you paired it with?
*Places in Nashville you should be able to find Black Chook Sparkling Shiraz- The Wine Chap, Mr. Whiskers, and Cool Springs Wine & Spirits