Italian spumante will beat French champagne when corks are popped around the world this New Year’s Eve,
The Italian bubbly is set to edge out its French elder cousin thanks to a record 25% rise in sales in the first 10 months of the year, compared to just 3.5% for champagne.
More than 300 million bottles of spumante will be opened on the night of December 31 thanks to growth spurts of 37% in the United States, 25% in the UK and 8% in Germany, the leading spumante importer, Coldiretti said.
Among the new lovers of Italy’s bubbly is Russia, fourth in the import standings with a record rise of 40%.
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