Trends: You People Are Buying A Lot Of Champagne

There is speculations that Americans are starting to drink champagne just because they like it, and not necessarily because they have something to celebrate. [From Trends: You People Are Buying A Lot Of Champagne]

We’ve been drinking sparkling wine on a regular basis for years, it’s nice before a meal instead of wine. Also, flutes are smaller than wine glasses so having a glass of sparkling means you end up consuming less alcohol assuming you keep it at one. I’m not much of a fan of the dry brut style champagnes, much prefer the blanc de blancs or blanc de noirs, and very much enjoy Italian prosecco.

Some favorites that are always available at our house are the Domain Carneros Le Reve, J Vineyard’s Brut Rosé (which despite being a brut is fruit forward and soft), Mumm Napa’s Blanc de Noirs and DVX.

5 thoughts on Trends: You People Are Buying A Lot Of Champagne

  1. Funny thing, in Germany everyone is abandoning the Proseccos and going back to Champagne. For about 3 years, it was all about Prosecco. Seems that trend is fading.

  2. Alcohol being a fashion and lifestyle category in many regards is trend driven. I stick with what I like, a good old school vodka martini (Skyy vodka, although I do like Kettle One and Chopin as well) is my cocktail of choice, prefer beers over wine in the summer, and wine over beer in the winter.

    French wines are still for the most part the best in the world but their prices (especially with the dollar to euro) make them a poor value. Some of Spain’s wines have much of the same character that France’s do but at a better price. Having said that, outside of California wines, Italian selections take up more space in my cellar than any other region. I love the wines from Friuli-Venezia, which are a nice departure from the more classic Italian offerings.

    So, French champagne vs. California sparkling wine vs. prosecco. Champagne is intimidating and most of what comes to the U.S. is very dry brut… probably because of the bull whip theory of supply chain: “hey, we selling dry brut in the U.S., send more!”. Europeans don’t drink bruts all the time, I’m sure that U.S. consumers would take a far different look at champagne if more of the blanc de noirs were imported.

    California sparkling wine makers mimicked the French, as they did with wine for so many years, until the end of the 1990’s when they started to develop their own style. Today, California sparkling wines can go toe-to-toe with anything from France, one reason why so many French brands are establishing themselves in California, not to be left out again. Prosecco has always had it’s own style and I happen to like the fruit forward taste and softness of the finish. I’ll keep drinking them, trends notwithstanding.

    Paul, next time you are over to the house we will have sample some of my favorites.

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