With the holiday season approaching, demand for Champagne is on the rise. Consumers are looking to the popular bubbly for gifting and entertaining (even if it’s just a virtual tasting). However, the inventory of Champagne is simply not enough, and buyers are having a hard time getting those sparklers. Here are a few reasons why it’s harder to get Champagne this year:
- Shipping crisis roiling the global economy because of the coronavirus pandemic
- Champagne is in short supply based on challenging vintage conditions
- Soaring demand in preparation for the holiday season and gifts
According to The Washington Post, “Champagne is exploding,” Laurent Givry, co-owner of Elite Wines, a Lorton, Va.-based importer says, adding that this was his best year for Champagne sales. “I’m already making plans for 2022, and I don’t know if I’ll be able to buy enough.” He called the supply chain issues coupled with reduced harvests and soaring demand “a perfect storm.”
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