More Champagne!

That bubbly stuff you buy at the liquor store for $9.99 and call “champagne” is probably not champagne. I hate to break it to you, but it is most likely sparkling wine, which sounds a whole lot less classy, but that’s the truth. Only sparkling wine produced in the Champagne region of France can be called champagne. Because there’s so much demand for champagne, the group that controls the wine-growing boundaries will probably add 40 villages to the Champagne region so that more bubbly can be labeled as champagne. Sadly, we doubt this will have an effect on the cost of champagne, so you (and I) will have to continue guzzling our sparkling wine. [May I recommend the Italian sparkling wine, called “prosecco”? It’s the best. — Editor] [BBC]