Food & Drink

December 30, 2013 7:01 AM

Best of the bubbly

Plenty of places around the world produce good sparkling wine, but there’s only one Champagne. True Champagne originates only in France’s Champagne region, east of Paris, where the marginal climate and chalky soils confer a unique combination of delicacy, richness, raciness and minerality on the wines. The 85,000 vineyard acres of Champagne — planted primarily with pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier — truly are special, which is why the name should be used only on that region’s wines.

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