France Champagne's Lost Fizz

December 28, 2012 - 8:32 AM
FILE In this Aug.30 2007 file photo, a worker uses a wheelbarrow to carry boxes of Pinot Noir grapes during the grape harvest of Roederer Champagne in Ay, in the Champagne production area of Epernay, near Reims, eastern France. Europeans are finding fewer reasons to pop open a bottle of Champagne as another year of economic troubles and high unemployment saps the region’s joie de vivre, latest industry figures show. But while a taste for a glass of bubbly might be on the wane in Europe, other markets, particularly Japan and the United States, are developing a growing taste for sparkling luxury with a brand name. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)