Champagne, one of the world’s greatest sparkling wines, is popularly but erroneously thought to have been invented by the Benedictine monk Dom Pierre Perignon (1638-1715). Although he did not invent or discover champagne, he founded many principles and processes in its production that are still in use today. And he purportedly declared upon drinking the bubbly beverage, “I am drinking stars.”
Unwin, P.T. H. Wine and the Vine: An Historical Geography of Viticulture and the Wine Trade. New York, NY: Routledge, 2006.
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