SevenFifty Daily: 15 Top-Selling Sparklers for the Holiday Season – Featuring Schramsberg
“The holiday season is peak time for wine sales in general, but sales of sparkling wines in particular spike in November and December. Whether the end-of-year buzz has guests feeling a bit more celebratory, or shoppers are looking for bubbly gifts for friends and family, restaurant and retail buyers alike are stocking up on sparkling wines from around the world in anticipation of a strong sales season. SevenFifty Daily asked 15 sommeliers, wine directors, and wine shop buyers about the sparklers that they’ve ordered in especially large quantities for the coming months. Prices listed are restaurant or retail price per bottle.”
8. Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs 2010, Napa Valley, California
Selected by Anthony Ramirez, wine director, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse; Las Vegas
Guests come to Del Frisco’s year-round for its high-end steaks and 1,200-bottle wine list, but the holidays bring in large groups more frequently. “With Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s arriving,” Ramirez says, “it’s a good time for celebrating with friends and family.” Big groups call for big bottles—a specialty of Del Frisco’s Las Vegas—and Ramirez is anticipating that the well-known Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs will be a popular option, particularly when diners see the magnum being poured in the dining room. “Large-format bottles offer a great wow factor and act as a centerpiece to a dining experience,” he says. Traditionally fermented, this Chardonnay sparkler offers classic aromas of apple, caramel, and brioche.