The Sparkle of France’s Champagne Hillsides Region; Patricia Valicenti; WhereTraveler

France – Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars

It’s those sparkling bubbles that set Champagne apart from the quiet universe of still wines. And Champagne was once a pretty ordinary still wine itself until the sparkle was sealed into the bottle thanks to the rediscovery of the cork as a stopper by, according to the most popular accounts, Dom Pérignon, a Benedictine monk who was the cellar master at the abbey of Hautvillers not far from Epernay in the late 17th and early 18th century.

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