Argument: Champagne was historically produced in many regions

Supporting Evidence

  • PROFESSIONAL CHAMPAGNE ORGANISATIONS In his famous dictionary, which was begun in 1859 and did not appear until 1873, Littré defined Champagne (with a capital C) as a “Province of France that produces a famous sparkling white wine”. He then defined champagne (with a small c) as “the wine of Champagne” and specifies that: “champagne is a factitious wine that is made primarily with the wine of Champagne, being most suitable to be worked in this fashion (on account of its lightness), but which has been imitated in Burgundy and elsewhere”.From the pen of a man who was certainly more interested in etymological precision than the pleasures of the table, the word “factitious” implies “produced by art” rather than “artificial”.