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Finns prefer red wine at Christmas

Finland, Finns, FinnishPosted by Sylvie Hendrickx Wed, December 07, 2011 14:18:12

Finnish mulled wine is flavoured with cinnamon

Red wine is Finns’ favoured yuletide tipple. According to the state-run alcohol monopoly Alko, red wine sales usually increase by 50 percent in the two weeks leading up to Christmas.

The fortnight before December 25 sees more than 1.5 million litres of red wine taken home from Alko stores, while sales of white and sparkling wine can be expected to rise by between 70 and 75 percent.

Christmas is also a good time for cognac producers. Sales of three star VS cognac are three times higher than normal at this time of year, VSOP cognac sales are expected to be six times greater than usual, and high-grade XO cognac sales experience a seven-fold increase. Altogether around 200,000 litres of cognac are sold in the run-up to Christmas, and the most popular grade is VS cognac.

Alko also expects to sell some 580,000 litres of ready-mixed Finnish mulled wine, or glögi, over the festive season.

From:, dd 07/12/2011