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Ringing in the New Year with Champagne or Sparkling Wine?

How are you ringing in the New Year? Are you planning on celebrating with a delightful glass of Champagne or perhaps a sparkling wine and hopes for a brighter 2010?

According to the EU, only wine from the Champagne may be labeled “Champagne.” Some wineries have been grandfathered in and thus able to use “Champagne.” Visitors to some US wineries will note that the word Champagne or sparkling wine may be used.

Does it make a difference to a consumer whether they are drinking Champagne or a sparkling wine? I suppose the perception of drinking Champagne is one of expense but is there a difference in quality between Champagne and sparkling wine? I enjoy a good sparkling wine as much as good Champagne. To me the difference is between what grapes are used as well as the skill of the winemaker.

What will you be celebrating the New Year with? A sparkling wine, Champagne or another type of wine?

Cheers! Kathy

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