By Jason the 200 lb. Cowboy

Listen up, ladies: Brunch might start looking a little less appealing soon. It seems there’s a potential champagne shortage coming, so those mimosas might not be as easy to come by in the future. “Decanter” reports that because of bad weather, rot and mildew, the crop of our favorite French bubbly is smaller than usual.

According to the wine magazine, 2016 had the lowest crop yield since the 1980s, and this growing season is the toughest since 1956! That’s a long time. A late frost caused some winemakers to lose 70% of their harvest, and there were some hail storms later in the season that didn’t help. And then there was a mildew epidemic in July. All of that means that the Champagne region, which usually averages about 10,700 kilograms per 100 acres, will only get between 2,500 and 3,000 kilograms per 100 acres.

Winemakers do have some reserves that can help make up for the smaller harvest, but they’re really going to dig into their stockpiles to do it. So it seems like a good time to discover cava, champagne’s Spanish cousin. And there’s always prosecco to satisfy your desire for bubbly. But if you’re a true champagne fan, you might want to stock up now.


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