Happiness as Anarchy #5: Mystery Wine

A friend came over for dinner tonight. That in itself makes me happy. On the subject of wine, however, I opened a bottle of Chandon Sparkling Red that has been in my cupboard for an indeterminate number of years. I can’t remember how I came to acquire it or when, which means I had no idea what to expect. I got lucky tonight and it’s delicious. Fruity but complex, nicely balanced, and very moreish.

Sparkling Shiraz is the only uniquely Australian wine, originating in Great Western in the 1880s. The story says that the French sparkling winemakers got bored and started experimenting with red grapes … and the first bubbly shiraz was made. The one I’m drinking has Pinot Noir in the mix and has those lovely secondary fermentation flavours of toast on the nose and the edge of the palate. Cheers!

By Amie Brûlée

Amie Brûlée is a musician, performer, teacher and researcher. She sings, plays piano, double bass and ukulele, unearths old songs and writes new ones. Amie also has a PhD in wine and anthropology and adores teaching wine tasting, gastronomy and song-writing. Amie lives in central Victoria with a house full of instruments, a head full of songs and a cellar full of wine.

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