Champagne is the typical new year’s thing, and rose is this year’s hot thing. But red champagne? Sure. I grabbed Black Chook sparkling shiraz on a whim, and only looked it up later. It’s exactly what it says on the label: a shiraz, but with bubbles. Fruity, almost sweet, not at all crisp. Overall it was OK– probably would have been better with food. I’d have liked more crispness or tartness to it.