Title

Drinking sparkling wine: An exploratory investigation

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Emerald Group Publishing Ltd

Faculty

Business and Public Management

School

Marketing, Tourism and Leisure

RAS ID

2957

Comments

This article was originally published as: Charters, S. (2005). Drinking sparkling wine: An exploratory investigation. International Journal of Wine Marketing, 17(1), 54-68. Original article available here

Abstract

This research investigates wine drinkers' engagement with sparkling wine, including why they drink it, how they evaluate it, and certain country‐based preferences they have for it. It used qualitative processes with both professional and non‐professional informants, and was designed to explore in depth what drinkers feel about the product and their appraisal of its quality. The study confirms some existing assumptions about sparkling wine (for instance, its role as a symbol of celebration and country of origin issues) but also offers new suggestions about its function. Specifically, the study suggests that consumption of sparkling wine has more symbolic than experiential significance — and specifically that the role of memory and recollection may be important for some consumers. It also highlights the problems many drinkers have evaluating sparkling wine due to factors inherent in the style of wine (such as delicacy and mousse), as well as extraneous issues such as a paucity of benchmarks. The findings are useful to the marketer of sparkling wine as they offer insights into the motivation of those who drink it.

DOI

10.1108/eb008783

Access Rights

free_to_read

 

Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1108/eb008783