Bottoms Up

Beer and wine in the Bay Area and beyond

A summer syrah?

By Jessica Yadegaran
Monday, April 10th, 2006 at 1:49 pm in Uncategorized.

The land of Oz has done it again. This time, they’ve made it possible for me to drink Shiraz, my favorite varietal, during the spring and summer. So, if the sun ever actually comes out, I’ll be quite pleased.

Blackchook Sparkling Shiraz undoes the bad rap sparkling syrahs have gotten for being too sweet or cloying. Blackchook’s is dry and elegant, almost black in color and has an unusual finish. My friend Michaela and I had it last night with a stuffed Zachary’s pizza and we were in heaven. The stuff’s hard to find (supposedly 100 cases were shipped to the U.S.) but it’s worth looking for. Even better, it’s only $16. And if you the sun never comes out, serve it at your holiday meal.

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