D'Arenberg "Peppermint Paddock," Sparkling Chambourcin, McLaren Vale (Previously $21.99)
There are not too many sparkling red wines of quality in the world---a few in far-flung Savoie, France, a handful of tasty Lambruschi from Italy, and this, Australia's very own Sparkling Chambourcin. Though it sounds like a bastardization of Chambertin, and brings to mind nightmares of Sparkling Burgundy, Chambourcin is actually a grape in its own right, a grape of unknown parentage, but a grape of interest nonetheless. In the right hands, it produces a heady sparkling wine with an irresistible purple color, an aroma of violets and blueberries still on the bush and a fruit-forward taste that is balanced by some pretty serious tannins and acidity. Not really a quaffer, this deserves some big, lusty food. Ribs on the BBQ is not a bad idea.