Champagne to Beer: Stick a Cork In It!


Ironic that Miller's gold-laden cans of High Life beer boast the motto, “The Champagne of beers”, isn't it? 
This past week news outlet CNBC promoted the power of sparkling wine, championing the refreshing wine in lieu of beer, whose bloaty bubbles, the story said, are on the decline. While beer sales still beat out receipts from wine purchases this past year, there is no denying that while beer drinking has declined, sparkling wine consumption has increased. 
And for that reason, wine drinkers should raise a glass to the downward movement of suds.
There are two sparkling steeds leading the way for the bubbly wine world – Moscato and Prosecco, both sweet, both very drinkable for old hats and newcomers alike. 
And both, one could argue, significantly more classy than quaffing a watery lager afterthought. 
The news site spoke with Food & Wine Magazine executive Ray Isle about the shifting balance in carbonated beverages. 
Isle said sparkling wine's light body and sweeter-than-Champagne flavor are part of the reason the airy heir-apparent to beer has seen a rise. Prosecco, in particular, has increased in popularity almost 30 percent in recent years.
Will the average Joe and Jane start mowing the lawn with a flute of Prosecco in his or hand in lieu of a light beer? Most likely no, particularly because a sixer of like-water light beer is, in most cases, a little easier on the wallet than sparkling wine. 
That hasn't stopped consumers from ponying up the green paper for a good glass of sparkling wine, though. 
Isle offered up to CNBC and its readers a list of affordable – and quality – sparkling wines for consumers who are looking for value and flavor. 
The list included one Prosecco – a $14 bottle of Mionetto Brut suitable for mimosas– and a Catalán Cava from Raventós. 
The wine expert then pitched a more pricey option, saying that if Dom Perignon isn't possible for your New Year's Eve party budget, try an $80 bottle of Roederer Brut Champagne straight from the motherland of sparkling wine. 
“Roederer is one of the greatest Champagne houses, and best known for its super-expensive tete de cuvee, Cristal,” Isle noted. 
At $80 a pop, the Roederer – no matter how transcendent – probably won't attract your average beer drinker. But a $14 bottle of Italian delight? Much more probable.
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