I'm still making my way through Wine for Normal People: A Guide for Real People Who Like Wine, But Not the Snobbery That Goes With It. I have a lot to learn, but for today I'm setting it aside to share with you Sparkling Wine Anytime: The Best Bottles to Pop for Every Occasion.
I have made it clear that I know nothing about wine, really, but I will say that I love sparkling wine. It's my favorite.
How much business does the wine trade do, globally? Yes, $35.3 billion a year. What percent is sparkling wine? 18%.
What country is the biggest importer of sparkling wine? Yes, the US.
And what country is the biggest exporter of sparkling? By volume, it's Italy, because of the very popular and relatively inexpensive Prosecco. But by dollar amount, it's France, exporting $3.5 billion of sparkling wine to Italy's $1.5 billion and Spain's $518 million.
When should you serve sparkling wine? Once it seemed it was only for special occasions. Now, Prosecco is great for light, sweet-and-spicy food; Cremant from the Loire is perfect with goat cheese; Lambrusco is made to go with pasta; and good Champagne is ideal with anything roasted.
And all of this is just from the introduction...
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