The holiday season, which is just around the corner, is a time to celebrate and the best celebrations often include a bubbly libation.
It's sparkling wine time to shine in November and December.
With that being said, which sparklers are expected to be the top-sellers this year?
"SevenFifty Daily" spoke to 15 sommeliers, wine directors, and wine shop owners to see which bubbly wines they anticipate to fly off the shelves this season.
The No. 1 wine on the list is the Champagne Dumangin Cuvée 17 NV, from France.
Gregory Stokes, the sommelier at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio has selected this sparkler as the house champagne and it's very popular. With its fresh, fruity, yet complex structure, it pairs well with many dishes.
“Its profile is sort of a Goldilocks level of toast meets absolute freshness," said Stokes.
So far, it has been a hit at the restaurant. This wine is about $82 a bottle, but averages around $22 a glass.
“Watching someone order a second and third glass is when you know you’ve found a great wine,” said Stokes. “And when the program starts to make money.”
For a restaurant looking to add a value wine to its beverage program, the No. 5 sparkling wine on the list is Charles Clément Brut Tradition NV, Champagne made in France at $33 a bottle.
Elyse Genderson, the wine director at Schneider’s of Capitol Hill in D.C. said that the restaurant has done $21,000 in sales for this wine alone so far and expects to sell 400 more bottles by the end of the year.
"It’s complex and full-bodied, with just the right amount of brioche balanced by racy acidity,” said Genderson. “Best of all, it offers tremendous value for the money.”
But 1.5-liter bottles are also selling this season because the holidays are when larger groups to get together and dine.
The Wine Director at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse in Vegas, Anthony Ramirez said that not only do guests want big bottles that offer more glasses for the group, but these wines are showstoppers.
“Large-format bottles offer a great wow factor and act as a centerpiece to a dining experience,” said Ramirez, who recommends the Chardonnay sparkler Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs 2010, from Napa Valley, California.
Find out what other wines are expected to be top sellers this holiday season at "SevenFifty Daily" now.
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