As the end-of-year holidays approach, consumers naturally reach for sparkling wines to celebrate with friends and family. Rightfully so. Nothing accompanies the holidays like a glass of fizz, whether it’s prosecco, Champagne or American brut rosé produced in méthode champenoise. We looked at retailer buying behavior from last December to discover what sparkling wine trends may occur this holiday season.
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5 Must-Have Sparkling Wines For The Holiday Season
Giuliana Prosecco DOC
Giuliana Prosecco DOC is a value-driven, classic expression of Prosecco from Veneto, Italy. Made from the Glera grape varietal this traditional, yet vibrant wine balances fresh acidity, plush softness, tannic structure and fine bubbles. This affordable and approachable wine is great for dinner parties and holiday celebrations and pairs well with meals. Fresh fruit notes converge with an excitingly complex palette, which is why it was in demand with on- and off-premise buyers over the holiday season last year. In fact, it was in the top five sparkling wines by market share in the Provi marketplace alongside popular brands like La Marca Prosecco, Veuve Clicquot and Dom Perignon.
Moet & Chandon Imperial Rosé
While many will opt for classic blanc Champagnes, proseccos and sparkling wines, sparkling rosé can offer an elegant edge to holiday celebrations. Moet & Chandon Imperial Rosé was one of the top 10 fastest-growing Champagnes in the Provi marketplace over the holidays last year. In fact, it saw a lift in the number of orders from on- and off-premise buyers as well as dollars spent per order. This radiant and romantic expression of Moet & Chandon's style delivers a glowing color of pink with amber highlights and a lively, intense bouquet of red fruits and floral roses, and a subtle hint of pepper.
Taittinger Brut La Francaise
Taittinger Brut La Française is an eccentric blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier wines from at least 35 villages around Champagne, France. The high proportion of Chardonnay (40%) is unique among fine non-vintage Champagnes. What also sets Taittinger Brut La Francaise apart from over cuvées is that after the manual harvest, cold pressing and cold fermentation processes, the wine sits on the lees for almost four years, more than doubling the legal minimum of 15 months. The result is a delicately balanced Champagne that’s reached the peak of aromatic maturity. Hence why it was one of the fastest-growing Champagnes from November 2021 through December 2021 — seeing an increase in the number. of on- and off-premise buyers, orders per buyer, and dollars spent per order.
Zonin Cuvee 1821 Prosecco Spumante Brut
Zonin Cuvee 1821 Prosecco Spumante Brut is made from 100% Glera in Prosecco DOC, a quaint hillside town near Trieste, in Friuli Venezia Giulia. After harvest, the grapes are gently pressed and the resulting must is separated into two batches: half undergoes an initial fermentation while the remaining portion is stored at 32°F and kept unfermented. The must is later combined and, following the traditional Charmat method, is transferred into pressurized stainless steel tanks, where the wine gains its celebrated sparkling characteristic. With attractively intense aromas of fruit with hints of rose and cardamom, the wine finishes elegantly with notes of pear, apple and ripe peach. Last year, the wine was a hit with on- and off-premise buyers seeing and increase in the number of orders per buyer and dollars spent per order in the Provi marketplace.
Domaine Ste Michelle Brut
Produced in the Méthode Champenoise — or the traditional Champagne method — Domaine Ste Michelle Brut is a classic American rendition of French sparkling wine. Delicate aromas of green apple and bright citrus notes along with a persistent bubble and balanced acidity make it a perfect accompaniment for a wide array of foods. With a price point that won’t break the bank, it’s no wonder why this palette-pleaser was one of the top 10 products in the Provi marketplace over the 2021 holiday season. Plus, its blend of 63% Chardonnay, 19% Pinot Noir, and 18% Pinot Gris from Columbia Valley, Washington, makes it an exciting talking and selling point for consumers.