Bubble burster: Champagne will be more scarce, due to supply-chain issues

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Supply-chain issues caused by the pandemic could make the search for Champagne a difficult one as people prepare to ring in 2022.

In previous years, retailers could order what they felt they needed during the holiday period that includes the New Year, Carly Katz, owner of Bottles and Cans, said.

Now, distributors that buy from Champagne-region wineries are effectively rationing their in-house stock to their customers, she said.

“They’re having to allocate for the first time since I can remember,” Katz told the Noon Business Hour on Tuesday. “They’re allocating things for bars and restaurants and retail, so that everyone is getting something.”

Previously, distributors could assume they’d receive Champagne orders for their customers within 60 to 90 days, she said. But now the wait has lengthened to 120 days to 150 days, she said.

“And that’s with the hope of it getting off the ship and into the country,” Katz said.

It’s just the latest in-demand item that has been affected by pandemic-driven supply shortages. In some cases, manufacturers may not have the containers for their finished products.

“It’s a little bit of a mess,” Katz said.

She said her two liquor stores in Chicago should be okay. They stock Champagne from specialty and smaller-batch producers, she said.