French Fizz!

French Fizz!

It is well known that climate change is having a dramatic effect already on the traditional wine growing regions of the world, with some areas predicted by scientists to have lost 90% of productivity by 2050. On the other hand, such is the demand for wine, that major producers are switching to new grape growing areas, for instance in China and India.
One of the most dramatic effects is on the production of Champagne, which by European law, has to take place in the Champagne Region of France, to be called Champagne. Already, traditional Champagne houses are buying land in the chalky Downland of Southern England to grow their delicate grapes. English ‘sparkling wine’ producers are meantime creating award winning vintages, that are fetching prices of up to $5,000 a bottle! Is this the end for French Fizz?
Intuitively, we can say that the French domination of the high quality sparkling wine/Champagne market is indeed over. The English producers will reign supreme in this market and this domination will be emphasised with the introduction of a new generic name for English Sparkling Wine, the new Champagne!

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