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Korbel California Champagne Posts Strong 2009 Sales


Korbel Champagne Cellars ended 2009 on a high note by posting annual sales based on shipments of 1,331,000 cases, an increase of 53,300 cases – or 4.2 percent – over 2008.

Preliminary analysis shows Korbel California Champagne sales growth to be broad based, with significant increases in most major markets, including New York, Florida, Texas and California.

The numbers reflect both the popularity of Korbel California Champagne and the strength of the United States’ champagne/sparkling wine market. Produced using the premium, time-honored méthode champenoise, in which second fermentation in the bottle imparts fine, persistent bubbles, Korbel California Champagne is the United States’ #1 premium champagne/sparkling wine.  With 15 percent of the market, it outsells its nearest U.S. competitor by nearly two to one. American champagne sales have grown every year for the past seven years, a trend that is projected to continue well into the new decade.

“American consumers clearly appreciate Korbel quality and value, and we appreciate their loyalty and their desire to ‘toast life’ at every opportunity,” observed Gary Heck, president and owner of Korbel Champagne Cellars.

Established in 1882, Korbel Champagne Cellars produces the United States’ most popular méthode champenoise champagne. Owned and managed by the Heck family since 1954, Korbel currently makes eight champagnes and a limited amount of still wine. In a separate facility, Korbel also produces one of the country’s most respected brandies.

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