"Across the Table: The best bubbles for when a fine Champagne would just be a waste

Just trust me: a sparkling Shiraz (Syrah) from Australia is nothing like your grandmother's fizzy sweet Cold Duck. It's dry. It's terrific with food, actually, and when made by a top-notch producer can be revelatory.

I've been known to carry back bottles from Australia because the good stuff was at one time so rare here. But here's All Saints Estate's Sparkling Shiraz from the Rutherglen region, known for its "stickies," or sweet fortified wines."

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The Los Angeles Times, S. Irene Virbila, December 2012