It depends on where it comes from. All champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is champagne. Champagne is a region in northeast France where they use a specific traditional method for making sparkling wine – so “champagne” is specifically sparkling wine from the Champagne region. In other parts of the world, sparkling wine producers honor this naming tradition even if they use the same traditional method to create their sparkling wines. In Italy, sparkling wine is known as spumante, in Spain, cava. Have some fun and explore sparkling wines from around the world – they’re often less expensive than champagne from France, and just as fun to drink.

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