Argument: Champagne France has reserved right to name of wine since 1908

Supporting Evidence

  • “‘Champagne’ on trial.” Wines & Vines. December 1, 2003 – “The Costa Brava Wine Co. (London) in 1956 began promoting and selling throughout England a wine labeled ‘Spanish Champagne.’ This was the first time any widespread effort had been made to market, under the name Champagne, any sparkling wine not produced in the French province of that name. Twelve French Champagne producers (1) brought charges that the use of the word ‘Champagne’ on a product other than that produced in the French district of that name was a deliberate effort to mislead the British public. They asked that Costa Brava be stopped from labeling its product Champagne, regardless of how qualified regionally.”