According to personal finance website WalletHub, Americans consume 360 million glasses of sparkling wine on New Year’s Eve. For many, champagne is the preferred celebratory drink for ringing in a new year (or toasting to a new job).
Read on as we explore some sparkling wine companies, the teams behind them, and some of the roles they’re currently hiring for.
Chandon prides itself as being the first French-owned sparkling winery in California, and they offer a wide variety of sparkling wines and “party packs” that are guaranteed to please any palette. Chandon’s director of winemaking Pauline Lhote, was born in Champagne, France, and brings her local knowledge to the brand. Team members, who proudly refer to themselves as the #ChandonSquad, may draw from tradition, but they’re always innovating with unique new products and flavors. Their Sweet Star sparkling wine captures the spirit of champagne, with a tantalizing fizz and notes of peach, nectarine, and grapefruit. Their Sparkling Red is a unique twist on classic champagne — with hints of plum, black cherry, and cranberry.
2. House Wine
House Wine is all about bringing high quality, bubbly beverages to the market at affordable prices. They pride themselves on quirky minimalist design and “unpretentious” wines, available in bottles, boxes, or cans. Founded by winemaker Charles Smith in 2004, House Wine’s current winemaker Hal Landvoigt works with fine grapes from around the world to create delicious wine to suit any budget. The team gets together regularly for a variety of fun outings like outdoor adventures and bowling nights, and they’re willing to get a little political — their Rosé Bubbles is currently offered in a limited edition Pride-themed can. House Wine’s canned Brut Bubbles and Chardonnay are also party favorites.
3. Copper Cane Wines and Provisions
In 2014, winemaker Joe Wagner founded Copper Cane Wines and Provisions. As a fifth-generation winemaker, he knew the business inside and out, and he wanted to make his own contributions to the world of winemaking. Today, Copper Cane celebrates both tradition and novelty: one day, team members will attend a ceremony to bless the grapes, the next, they’ll be partying in “Brosé All Day” shirts because “real men drink pink.” Copper Cane recently launched their Brut Steorra, a Russian River Valley sparkling wine created with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. With notes of sherbet and cream, it’s worthy of a celebration.
This exciting startup recently launched their first sparkling wine in a can. Shamps was the brainchild of a few friends and champagne enthusiasts who wanted to make their favorite beverage a little more accessible. They swapped the fancy flutes for convenient cans, encouraging their customers to “pop tabs, not corks” and #DrinkLikeAShampion. This brand is still growing, and any aspiring team members should have an entrepreneurial spirit and a creative eye. The team is focused on marketing their first product and envisioning which sparkling offerings they’ll be bringing to your party in the future.
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Jane Harkness is a freelance writer who provides blogging, copywriting, and proofreading services to startups, small businesses, and nonprofits. She works with clients in a variety of industries, including food and travel, and she also contributes political essays to several digital publications.