Break-out Bubbly

Champagne and sparkling wine are on a roll lately, outpacing wine overall for a 4.1% total volume increase in 2014, with continued growth underway this year. On-premise, however, the story is quite different: The category barely gained volume, posting a mere 0.4% increase, according to our recently completed study, On-Premise Wine: Opportunities, Challenges and Innovations. Why […]

Table Wine Competition Heats Up While Sparkling Wine Surges

Wine industry growth decelerates as cost-conscious consumers seek value The pace of expansion in the wine industry may be slowing, but competition is heating up in the largest category — domestic table wine — as new product introductions ramp up and cost figures more heavily into consumers’ decision process. “Consumers today are very engaged with […]

A Toast to Bubbly’s Growth

Sparkling wine looks to have realized another year of solid growth in 2013. Technomic projects that the Champagne and sparkling wine segment will record a volume gain of 4.3%, to more than 18.2 million 9-liter cases, for the year, after seeing volume rise 4.7% in 2012. Retail sales of sparkling wines reached $2.6 billion in […]

Sparkling’s New Surge

During preshow festivities before a Dave Matthews Band concert recently, a friend inquired if I’d like to try a sangria she had discovered recently. Never one to turn down the opportunity to sample, I agreed. To my surprise and delight, she placed cut fruit that had been soaking in elderflower liqueur into our glasses, pulled […]

Bubbling Up?

Nothing says celebration like a glass of bubbly, but as Americans embrace table wine as an everyday beverage, are Champagne and sparkling wines also finding a place at the daily dining table? The answer is yes. And no. Champagne and sparkling wine are on the rise: total volume increased 4.8% to 15.9 million 9-liter cases […]