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Champagne and Sparking Wine 22nd Dec 2009
Champagne - photo courtesy of Jerome on Flickr
Can you tell the difference?

Pioneering French fashion designer Coco Chanel declared that she drank it on only two occasions; when she was in love and when she wasn't. Cassanova said that it was 'essential for seduction'. And Madame de Pompadour, Louis XV’s mistress, claimed that it was 'the only wine that leaves a woman beautiful after drinking it'. Jane discusses the merits of the fizzy stuff with Emily O'Hare, Sommelier at The River Café and Jane MacQuitty, wine expert from The Times. How has the image of champagne changed over the years? Who are some of the women behind the successful brands? And what is the difference between champagne and fizzy wine?

Jane MacQuitty - Times Online
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