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The World of Sparkling Outside of Champagne

The World of Sparkling Outside of Champagne

Champagne is synonymous with sparkling wine—too synonymous if you ask the French, who have been arguing for decades against the sacred term being used for sparkling wine made anywhere other than the cool, limestone-rich region just north of Paris. We can’t blame them, and we agree that vrai Champagne—which is crafted from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier—stands alone. It comes from one of the northernmost winemaking regions…