Fino penušavo vino, dobiva se kad se novom vinu doda šećera, pa se ona podvrgne naknadnom vrenju u jakim, dobro zatvorenim i ne baš posve napunjenim bocama (naziv po francuskoj pokrajini Šampanji, gde se mnogo proizvodi).
ETYM French See Champaign.
A white sparkling wine either produced in Champagne or resembling that produced there; SYN. bubbly.
Sparkling white wine invented by Dom Pérignon, a Benedictine monk, 1668. It is made from a blend of grapes (pinot noir and pinot chardonnay) grown in the Marne River region around Reims and Epernay, in Champagne, NE France. After a first fermentation, sugar and yeast are added to the still wine, which, when bottled, undergoes a second fermentation to produce the sparkle. Sugar syrup may be added to make the wine sweet (sec) or dry (brut).
Champagne has become a symbol of luxurious living and is used worldwide to celebrate special occasions. Increased demand has given rise to the production of similar wines outside France, in the US, for example, and Spain. Although these wines imitate champagnes closely, they are referred to as méthode champenoise; only wines produced in the Champagne region of France can be termed “champagne”. The pop when a bottle is opened is due to the sudden release of pressure that allows the accumulated carbon dioxide to escape: a bottle may contain up to five times its volume in gas.
ETYM Old Fren. champaigne; same word as campagne.
An effervescent wine, especially that produced in the region of Champaign, in France.
1. An expanse of level open country; plain.
2 archaic; battlefield.