from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various effervescent wines, such as champagne, produced by a process involving fermentation in the bottle.
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- n. Any wine that is effervescent because of dissolved carbon dioxide; either because of fermentation in bottle or by physical carbonation.
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- n. effervescent wine
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There was sparkling wine too, and a great deal of drinking of healths; but Ellen noticed that Alice and her brother smilingly drank all theirs in water; so when old Mr. Marshman called to her to "hold out her glass," she held it out to be sure and let him fill it, but she lifted her tumbler of water to her lips instead, after making him a very low bow.