We knew sparkling wine was on the rise, however today the Drinks Business confirmed it revealing that latest figures indicated the production of sparkling wine has increased by 40% over the last decade in response to the insatiable demand for fizz. Although Italian prosecco continues to rise, Spanish Cava has taken a little bit of a tumble recently. Sparkling wine accounted for 7% of total wine production in comparison to 4% in the year 2000.
If you are looking for a good fizz, you’re likely to head to France, Italy and Germany. Countries with a rich heritage of producing fine sparkling tipples for every single occasion. However recent data suggests that new world territories like New Zealand and the USA are looking to get in on the action. Sparkling wine production has increased by 29% in the USA and 25% in New Zealand over the last decade.
We’ve seen a huge increase in demand for sparkling wine with our customers, we saw a staggering 50% increase in sales over the first half of 2014 in comparison to the same time period in 2013. With over 68,000 bottles sold by the start of October, the sale of the nations favourite tipple is set to soar even higher over the course of the festive season, a time where an affordable and approachable fizz is top of everyone’s wish list.
Within the Drinks Business article it was stated that consumers no longer view sparkling wine as a festive drink reserved for special occasions. I can remember growing up with the understanding that fizz was only for celebrations, the odd birthday but mainly around Christmas. However, now I’ll enjoy a nice Fizz as a midweek tipple, a delicious refreshing drink to enjoy before dinner is served.
Here are just a couple of suggestions for sparkling wines in our range that you can enjoy as a mid-week drink:
Award winning producer, Claudio Manera, of Araldica fame, has hit the nail on the head with this one. When it comes to making aromatic Prosecco, there is not a lot he doesn’t know and this is perfectly presented in this deliciously light, fruity Prosecco. With oodles of apple and peach on the nose and an interesting soft finish, this will go down super easy and have you racing back for more.
The fact is that really good Prosecco is better than middle of the road Champagne. And less than half the price. What makes it so yummy? Firstly, it’s a lovely wine even without the bubbles – fruity and crisp with a tangerine freshness and not to dry. Secondly, it only has half the bubbles of Champagne – so it is much gentler to drink. You’ll love this wine even if you don’t like Champagne!
What could be better than harnessing the ethereal perfume of just-ripe Shiraz, then using its natural sweetness to partner a gentle fizz? Not much, we think. Like blitzing a raspberry liqueur with a spoon of vanilla icecream and a couple of spoons of Lapsang Souchong: a fizzy fruit bomb with hints of cream and smoke. Exciting stuff and everyone should have a go. Heady and hedonistic, it really is good with dark chocolate. Can be consumed at any time, any place (legalities permitting).