According to Paul Gregutt in a recent article
for the Seattle Times, prices for Champagne and sparkling wine have decreased. In fact, worldwide demand has fallen by at least 10% which can only mean one thing for you and me – it’s time to buy and stock up! And for those gearing up for the holidays, it couldn’t be more perfect timing.
The articles suggests a few tips in what to buy:
(1) Be adventurous. Try something new instead of sticking to the brand you always buy.
(2) Buy a vintage Champagne rather than a brut
(3) Look on the bottle to see if the grapes are grand cru. Apparently grand cru vineyards are considered to be the best and well worth if it, even if a few more extra dollars..
(4) Splurge without breaking the bank. Purchase a half bottle
Paul also recommends asking the wine seller what is on sale. One deal out there right now is from Duval-Leroy where they have half bottles of brut at $18 and a full bottle of Cuvee Paris at $35.
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