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Understanding consumer preferences for Australian sparkling wine vs. French champagne

journal contribution
posted on 28.02.2018, 00:00 by J Culbert, N Verdonk, R Ristic, S Olarte Mantilla, M Lane, K Pearce, Daniel Cozzolino, K Wilkinson
Sparkling wine represents a small but significant proportion of the Australian wine industry’s total production. Yet, Australia remains a significant importer of French Champagne. This study investigated consumer preferences for Australian sparkling wine vs. French Champagne and any compositional and/or sensorial bases for these preferences. A range of French and Australian sparkling wines were analyzed by MIR spectroscopy to determine if sparkling wines could be differentiated according to country of origin. A subset of wines, comprising two French Champagnes, a French sparkling wine and three Australian sparkling wines, were selected for (i) descriptive analysis to characterize their sensory profiles and (ii) acceptance tests to determine consumer liking (n = 95 Australian wine consumers). Significant differences were observed between liking scores; on average, the $70 French Champagne was liked least and the $12 Australian sparkling wine liked most, but segmentation (based on individual liking scores) identified clusters comprising consumers with distinct wine preferences. Interestingly, when consumers were shown wine bottle labels, they considered French wines to be more expensive than Australian wines, demonstrating a clear country of origin influence.

Funding

Category 3 - Industry and Other Research Income

History

Volume

2

Issue

3

Start Page

1

End Page

12

Number of Pages

12

eISSN

2306-5710

Publisher

M D P I AG

Additional Rights

Beverages (ISSN 2306-5710) is an international, peer-reviewed open access journal on beverage research and development published online quarterly by MDPI.

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

Acceptance Date

20/07/2016

External Author Affiliations

University of Adelaide; University of South Australia

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Beverages

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