Dilemma: Should my first wine review be a white, picnic-style wine, perfectly timed to enjoy during the summer heat, or should I write about my wife The Rock Star's favorite wine? If you're married like me, this is a no-brainer. The Rock Star loves great Shiraz. (By the way, Syrah is also an acceptable term for wines made of this grape varietal. Petite Sirah is something else altogether, a completely different grape.) And if you're a budget conscious wino (I mean, wine drinker, sorry!) like me, then you usually end up cruising the Australian aisle in search of great, affordable Shiraz.
Part of the Wolf Blass family of wines, Shiraz is the undisputed star in the Black Opal gem collection. Rich, purplish red robe (color), with a nose (smell) and taste of blackberries, pepper, and plums, and with a nice, long lingering finish (aftertaste), Black Opal shiraz is a perfect match with all red meats, especially steaks and pork tenderloin, but also can be enjoyed with shellfish and ahi tuna. Be sure to visit their website at www.blackopalwines.com. Enjoy responsibly, and remember:
LIFE IS TOO SHORT FOR MEDIOCRE FOOD!!!