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Word for Wednesday: Champagne

Cava? Prosecco? Champagne? Or maybe just a cup of tea? 

What did you ring in the new year with?

Champagne is a white sparkling wine that is exclusively produced in the French region with the same name. The word dates to the 1660s and is short for ‘vin de Champagne’ which translates to ‘wine made in Champagne’. While officially only wine from this region can be labelled Champagne, people have been using the word to refer to all sparkling wines since the late eighteenth century. Prosecco is a sparkling white wine made in the Veneto region of north-eastern Italy, and cava refers to sparking wines made in Spain. 

Champagne literally means ‘open country’ and the word ‘campaign’ also derives from it. ‘Campaign’ was first used in the English in 1640s to refer to army operations. It comes from when armies would have taken shelter in the winter and sought battle in the ‘open field’ in the summer. 

From all the team at Spellzone, we wish you a very happy new year! 

01 Jan 2020
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