It is that time of the year again. Nonstop work, gruff customers, inventory miscounts. I know we all can’t wait until the holidays are in our rearview mirrors, our inventories are depleted, and our cash is safely (hopefully) in the bank.
It’s that last bit I hope to be able to help you with today. As usual, I’m bringing you Snooth’s top searched wines of the last 30 days, this time with a special focus on sparkling wine.
Though I originally figured it would be a more appropriate topic for the week leading up to or immediately following Christmas, as I compiled my list I couldn’t help but feel surprised to see Moscato and Champagne dominating the field. There were a few other minor surprises as well.
First was that my recommendation of the 2009 Alta Luna Pinot Noir does not seem to have fallen on deaf ears. If you missed it, I recommended this $12 Italian Pinot Nero with much enthusiasm. It’s a delicate yet pure wine and is downright delicious. Not a fancy wine, but a great wine for people looking for an affordable Pinot Noir.
Another surprise was a liqueur that I had not heard of: Kinky Liqueur. I think there’s good reason for my not hearing about this marketing coup, I am not the target audience. Who is that target audience, I’m not quite sure, but it seems like they’re hitting it because people sure are searching for it. And if you don’t stock it, maybe you should as well!
Just to further entice you, a quote from the Kinky Liqueuer website:
"We create Kinky with pure Vodka distilled five times and made from corn as a base. Next we add Mango juice, juice from Passion Fruit and Blood Orange flavors to make an absolutely fabulous Liqueur that you're sure to love!"
Sounds like a winning combination, but not for every market. This is true for much of today's top 10 list.
1 - 2010 Roscato Rosso Dolce
2 - NV Beviamo Moscato d'Asti
3 - NV Castello del Poggio Moscato d'Asti
4 - 2009 Alta Luna Pinot Noir
5 - NV Heidsieck Monopole Blue Top Brut
6 - NV Sweet Bitch Merlot
7 - NV Moscato Primo Amore
8 - NV Bisenger Grand Prestige Champagne Premium Cuvee
9 - NV Veuve Cliquot Brut
10 - NV The Climber Cabernet Sauvignon
With all these sparkling wines making the list, I thought I might as well check in on Champagne to see what's hot this holiday season. There's plenty of time left in the season to add some of these heavily searched for bottlings to your selections. Some of the selections are decidedly value driven, including the Barefoot brand which, conveniently, is grandfathered in, allowing for their continued use of the Champagne moniker.
Having said all that, there's plenty of premum pricing on this list as well, and Dom Perignon comes in at a very impressive sixth place! I've listed the top 16 wines here since there was a rather steep drop off in interest from there.
1 - NV Heidsieck Monopole Blue Top Brut
2 - NV Bisenger Grand Prestige Champagne Premium Cuvee
3 - NV Veuve Cliquot Brut
4 - NV Louis Charey Champagne
5 - George Cartier Premier Cuvee Brut
6 - 2002 Moet & Chandon Cuvee Dom Perignon
7 - NV Veuve Durand Brut Reserve
8 - NV Pommery Brut Royal
9 - NV Perrier Jouet Grand Brut
10 - NV Pol Roger Cuvee de Reserve
11 - NV Barefoot Cellars Cuvee Chardonnay
12 - NV Francois de Rozay Brut
13 - NV Veuve Clicquot Brut Rose
14 - NV J Roget Brut
15 - NV Louis Roedrerer Brut
16 - NV Francois Dubois Brut