Russia bans sparkling in Champagne region as “champagne”

Russia has taken an unusual step today and has banned champagne made in the Champagne region from being called champagne. Instead, this name will now belong only to Russian products.

It is customary in the world to respect the traditional champagne from the region to the east of Paris, other drinks are called sparkling wines.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed amendments to the law that turn the practice upside down. Now in Russia, real champagne can be sold only if the label states that it is a sparkling wine.

In response to the change, distributors of real champagne have announced that they will cut off supplies to Russia, whose elite had favored this expensive drink. Every year, Russia imports 50 million liters of sparkling wine, including champagne. 13% of drinks so far have come directly from France.



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