Champagne | Sparkling

Is it too trivial to call Champagne the Xerox of sparkling wines? We don’t think so, not with just about everyone and their mothers understandably assuming that the term describes sparkling wine, in general. In reality, though, a bottle of sparkling wine isn’t Champagne unless it comes from the Champagne region of France and follows a certain production process, méthode traditionnelle, and is comprised of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and/or Pinot Munier.