Champagne Shortage?

By: Sabrina Wu
By: Sabrina Wu

With only a few days until New Year's Eve, the demand for champagne is overflowing.

Some stores in Wisconsin say they're starting to run dry on the bubbly, as the holiday gets closer. But the owner of a Rib Mountain wine shop says they have plenty in stock.

Across the country champagne sales went up during millennium celebrations and then dropped off last New Year's Eve after the Sept.11 attacks.

As 2002 draws to a close, demand appears to be back up.

"This year I think the people are back in to the bigger celebrations, and so there's more people that are out there buying champagnes," said one storeowner.

High-end champagnes and sparkling wines can run anywhere from $50 to more than $150 a bottle. However, customers don't seem to mind.


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