Champagne selling well in Miss-Lou

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 30, 1999

Depending on who you talk to, there is either plenty of champagne for your New Year’s Party, or you are too late to get any at all.

&uot;We actually don’t get many champagnes in, but what we have had has sold well,&uot; said Jay Wallace, employee at Davidson’s Liquor Store. &uot;Our most popular one, Ballatore, is one of the less expensive champagnes, and it has sold well. We have a Mumm’s brand that is more expensive — in the $30 to $35 range — and it is moving well also.&uot;

On the other side of the river, champagnes of every price range are moving well also.

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&uot;We were only able to get in half of our original order,&uot; said Amy Tolliver, employee at Hammer’s in Vidalia, La. &uot;The state agency told us that larger distributors in the state would get their supply first and that was all the champagne would be receiving. We have some Andr\u00E9 left — it is a lower-priced champagne — and a few others. We had gotten in five cases of Moet, but a gentleman came in and bought all of them at one time.&uot;

Jimmy Sullivan, director of purchasing for the Mississippi office of the Alcoholic Beverage Control, said the amount of champagne ordered by the state’s liquor stores in December would not be available until January. &uot;The champagne sales figures for November were higher and this is probably related to this being a special New Year’s Eve. Most stores order their holiday supply in November,&uot; Sullivan said.

If higher-priced champagne is what you are searching for, McDonough’s Package Store in Vidalia has it. &uot;We have champagne from $150 a bottle to $4, and every price in between,&uot; said Freddie Martin of McDonough’s. &uot;Our store did not have any trouble getting in a large order because we order champagne all the time for weddings and other parties. Our sales are about the same.&uot;