Stephen Quinn, Digital Development Editor of South China Morning Post, poses to photographer in the studio Thursday, December 29th, 2011, at the SCMP Studio on Leighton Office in Causebay Bay. 29DEC11
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Global sales for sparkling wine, announced this month, have soared in the last decade according to influential trade magazine the Drinks Business. Production has risen 40 percent compared with a rise of just 7 percent for still wine. Sparkling represents 7 percent of global wine production, up from 4 percent in the year 2000 . At the same time China, hitherto regarded as a market, which did not much like cold, sparkling (and white) wine, has become the fifth largest importer of champagne in the world. Franciacorta, a region in Italy granted DOCG status in 1995, only started producing sparkling wine in the 1960s, and the wines have only been appearing on export markets in the past 15-20 years.Sparkling wine accounts for 66 percent of wine production, and this segment is destined to hold the future for the country's wine industry.Simon Robertson, owner of Hattingley Valley, thinks that English sparkling does have potential on the export markets.
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