A year in a French vineyard: November 2018

We all love fizzy, but why all the fuss? Jonathan Hesford goes back to bubbly basics to explain how Champagne is created

The most famous wine region and style in France is undoubtedly Champagne. It is the first choice for celebrating weddings, sporting events, New Year and business successes.

How it achieved this status is described in plenty of books and magazine articles. Its history contains colourful characters like Dom Pérignon and Madame Clicquot, stories about the British marketing the attractiveness of wines which underwent secondary fermentation in barrels during shipping and then developing bottles strong enough to withstand the pressure, and the business acumen of Germans who founded the houses of Krug, Deutz and Mumm.

However, in this article I want to write about how Champagne is made and what ...

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