Wow, are we popping the bubbly these days!!
Champagne shipments to the U.S. have increased for the fourth year in a row, according to the Champagne Bureau in Washington, D.C. (Yes, there’s a Champagne Bureau.)
It seems more than 21 million bottles of Champagne were shipped from France to the U.S. in 2016.
If we had to guess, it’s probably because more and more people are realizing how perfectly it pairs with your mac and cheese or corndog.
But when those beautiful bottles leave France, the U.S. gets the majority of them. We bought 3.6% more Champagne in 2016 than we did 2015, so that makes us one of the top export markets for France for the 2nd year in a row, right behind the U.K.
“We are thrilled to see that American consumers continue to buy Champagne at record numbers,” said Jennifer Hall, director of the Bureau, which is the U.S. representative of the Comité Champagne, the trade association that represents all the grape growers and houses of Champagne, France.
Remember, a wine can only be called Champagne if it comes from the Champagne region of France. And since more and more wine drinkers are looking for that authenticity in their wines, Champagne is benefitting.
The region also has been doing a great job of amping up its environmental practices. They started a big carbon reduction effort and established a new environmental certification for their wine growers and producers.
It could also be that more people are popping the bubbly on game day since Champagne loves salty, fatty foods.
Or that the hip hop community has been drinking it and rapping about it for years.
Or that those Moet & Chandon minis are just the coolest things ever.
There are a ton of great reasons why Champagne sales are up. The good news is they will keep growing as the Champagne world continues to take the snobbery out of the wine and look to millennials to keep the trend going.
“Millennials offer the Champagne industry a tremendous opportunity for growth,” says Hall of the Bureau.
So the next time you pour a bowl of chips, make sure you pop a bottle of bubbly. You’ll be helping our country maintain its international ranking in the Champagne world.
And that’s quite a noble cause.