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Origins of Champagne

Updated: Jan 4, 2021

With the end of 2020 coming, we start to think about celebrating the New Year. What New Year’s Celebration is complete without Champagne? There are many varieties of sparkling wine, but only a few can be called Champagne.

Champagne has always been a sign of wealth and luxury since it was first produced. A decent bottle of Champagne would cost anywhere from $50 to $300, and some vintages can often sell for thousands of dollars. The term “Champagne” is often used as a generic term for sparkling wine. To be considered a true champagne, it must come from the region of Champagne in France. A few examples would be Moet-Chandon and Perrier-Jouet. Examples of other sparkling wines across the world would be Prosecco, Moscato, and Bruts.

The region of Champagne, France produces a wine with more acidity, which is a desired taste preference for champagne. This acidity comes from the cool-temperate climate and soil rich in clay and chalk. The grapes are always hand- picked, so the integrity of the grape remains intact prior to pressing. So, the next time champagne is on the party list, remember these key points, and you will impress your guests.

- Chef Josh Meeker

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