American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- A historical region and former province of northeast France. It was incorporated into the French royal domain in 1314. The sparkling wine champagne was first produced here c. 1700.
“In the European Union and many other countries the name Champagne is legally protected, meaning only sparkling wine produced in the eponymous region of France to a strict set of rules can be labelled as such.”
“The growers say they resent suffering at the hands of what they call Champagne houses 'overly ambitious sales expectations.”
“They can't use the word Champagne, but the quality level is important.”
“The word "Champagne" can only be used when the grapes are from the Champagne region of France, and the bubbles are bottled there according to the Champagne traditional technique.”
“Champagne is perfectly lovely, intrepid food journalist Yamaoka insists, unless you try and eat anything with it.”
“If the Japanese had invented sparkling wine instead of the folks in Champagne, we would all be drinking bubbly with our sushi and not giving it a seccond thought – except for those of us who prefer Riesling, Gruner Veltliner, Muscadet, Tkakoli, Albarino or Oregon Pinot.”
“I remember I told someone who was doing a trend alert for TIME magazine and we were on the phone, and I was riffing, and said “Champagne is the last place in the wine world where you can watch the proletariat taking back the means of production.””
“I mean, Champagne is derived from either Chardonnay or Pinot – two varietals that can be appreciated by the nose as well as the tongue.”
“Certainly in Champagne, they are over the moon about it.”
“As I am sure you are well aware, Champagne is at the historical heart of the AOC push because the major houses were screwing growers and bringing in fruit from outside the AOC to meet demand.”
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