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December 19, 2006

Barefoot Bubbly Has Champagne Dreams

Barefoot BubblyWhile we like the occasional sip of the bubbly, we don't lose a lot of sleep at night wondering about the difference between Champagne and sparkling wine. In fact, we thought we pretty much had it dialed - Champagne is from France and sparkling wine is from anywhere else.

But Kevin from The Scotch Blog has posted a story on his side gig Drink Shoot about Barefoot Bubbly, a "California Champagne," that has opened our eyes. In the words of Jennifer Wall, the winemaker at Barefoot Cellars:

We are legally allowed to use the term “Champagne” in the United States – as long as it is used in conjunction with the region that the grapes originated from. For example – if the wine grapes were grown in California, we can legally say “California Champagne” – that’s the agreement that The United States came up with France so that there was no confusion with the consumer.
So it turns out you can make Champagne in the states, and apparently the Barefoot Bubbly is some fine-tasting California bubbly. Read the whole Barefoot Bubbly story at Drink Shoot.

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Posted by Head Wino at December 19, 2006 7:03 AM
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