If there's one thing I've learned
while living in France,
is that people are particular
about their sparkling wine....
Because, in France, mon ami,
you can find Champagne
most every where you go...
since it's made there.
If you go to a cafe in London,
you may find other bubbles on the menu
but just because it's pretty and sparkling,
doesn't mean it's "Champagne."
It could sparkling wine from Italy, Spain or Napa.
(Though, you won't see American wine on a European menu too often.)
Champagne is the name that is given ONLY
to sparkling wine grown in the Champagne region in France.
And they get really fussy if you give it's name
to anything that isn't from that area.
So here's a quick tutorial for you
so that you can speak of the sparkling
and babble of bubbles
correctly where ever it is
you find yourself.
Are there bubbles in your glass?
Is it from France?
Then it's probably Champagne...
but check that the bottle says so.
Is it from Italy?
Then it's not Champagne- it's prosecco.
Is it from Spain?
Then it's not Champagne- it's cava.
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Look at that.
We've all got a bit smarter
and more refined.
Cheers to that.