champagne

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cham·pagne

noun \sham-ˈpān\

: a French white wine that has many bubbles and that people often drink on special occasions

Full Definition of CHAMPAGNE

1
:  a white sparkling wine made in the old province of Champagne, France; also :  a similar wine made elsewhere
2
:  a pale orange yellow to light grayish-yellowish brown

Origin of CHAMPAGNE

French, from Champagne, France
First Known Use: 1664

Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms

finish, gimlet, mull, sake, setup, sommelier, syllabub, vintner, wassail

Cham·pagne

geographical name \sham-ˈpān\

Definition of CHAMPAGNE

region & former province NE France W of Lorraine & N of Burgundy Troyes

champagne

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Sparkling wine. Named for the site of its origin, the Champagne region of northeastern France, it is made from only three grapes: pinot and meunier (both black) and chardonnay (white). The juice from these grapes is initially fermented in stainless-steel vats. A mixture of wine, sugar, and yeast is added, and it is then transferred to pressure tanks for a second fermentation that yields carbon dioxide and effervescence. It is chilled, sweetened, bottled, and left to mature. It generally has a crisp, flinty taste that varies in degree of sweetness, depending on the type.

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