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Champagne Sales Soar at Local Liquor Stores Ahead of Holiday

By Kerry Longobucco.
Many will toast 2016 with a glass of bubbly -- which is why champagne was practically flying off the shelves of local liquor stores Thursday.

Dave Enfield, owner of Park Manor Wine and Spirits, in Endwell, says Christmas Eve is the store's busiest day of the year -- but on New Year's Eve, last minute shoppers filed in to get their hands on some sparkling wine.

Enfield says whether you're a novist, or a champagne connoisseur, there's a perfect bottle of bubbly for everyone. He recommends a sweeter champagne for those who aren't regular wine drinkers.

"You'll sell an awful lot of Asti, because it's a little bit sweeter, which would be a little more pleasant tasting to a person who doesn't drink wine on a regular basis," Dave Enfield, owner of Park Manor Wine & Spirits, said. "Believe it or not, extra dry is in the middle of the group, then Brut is the driest."

Park Manor stocks champagne at every price point -- from $5, all the way up to $300 a bottle.

The holiday brings a close to the busiest month of the year for liquor stores. Enfield says Park Manor does 25 to 30 percent of it's business for the year between Thanksgiving and New Year's.