Sparkling red wine?
You betcha! If there's an exciting new booze trend to be sniffed out, Muddy is ON IT. Meet the Oz alternative to champagne.
I’ve never met a Champagne I didn’t like but my head has been completely turned by this sparkling red. Hugh Taylor, MD of Banbury wine merchant Slurp, persuaded me to give it a go and I was mightily impressed. It’s an Aussie sparkling Shiraz called SYN – the name on its own was enough to win me over quite frankly. You serve it chilled in tall flutes, as you would Champagne, but it’s cheaper (£13.95 a bottle) and a pretty scarlet shade which makes it a real talking point.
According to Hugh, as well as making a cracking aperitif or party drink, it goes well with robustly flavoured food, such as BBQ, Cajun, Italian and tapas. “Sparkling reds aren’t to everyone’s taste but they tend to have a certain freshness to them, with notes of raspberry and cherry,” he says.
Once you’re SYN-full you can also check out the Italians’ take on rouge bubbles – there are some decent red Lambruscos (yes, really) out there and Contero Brachetto d’Acqui is tasty too.
I’ll definitely be shipping in a few more crates for the Muddy wine cellar (well, cupboard). So many friends are talking about how bored they are of knocking back bland, same-y Prosecco and while Champagne will always have a place in my heart and bloodstream, it’s not exactly an everyday drink unless you’re Princess Margaret. Red bubbles are the way forward, I reckon. Try it and let us know how you get on – let’s call it a research project. Cheers!
121 Regent Street, Leamington Spa.CV32 4NU. Tel: 01926 315609. You can also order online at slurp.co.uk