On the Grapevine
The Ménage à Trois wine brand from California made by Trinchero Family Estates landed the No. 1 spot on the Information Resources Inc. 2009 Momentum Report released today. Ménage à Trois, a brand of red, white, rosé and Chardonnay wines in the $8-$10.99 price segment, rose to the top of the IRI Top 30 Momentum Brands, based on a combination of its dollar and volume sales, sales growth, market share and other criteria, as calculated by IRI from data collected at U.S. food and drug stores for the year ending Jan. 3, 2010.
Two California brands in the less expensive $5-$7.99 segment were in the top three: E. & J. Gallo took the No. 2 spot with its Barefoot brand, and Constellation Wines U.S. landed at No. 3 with Rex Goliath. In fact, 27 of the Top 30 Momentum brands were Californian. The only other top 30 finishers were Washington’s Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, winning the 8th and 14th places with its Chateau Ste. Michelle and Red Diamond brands, and Chile’s Concha y Toro Frontera brand from Banfi Vintners in the No. 30 spot. IRI, the U.S. market research leader for the beverage alcohol category, calculated the Momentum leaders by taking the 98 brands with more than 100,000 cases of U.S. retail sales in 2009, compiling their performance in 10 categories, awarding points from 98 for most down to 1 for least, then totaling the points to give overall rankings.