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04/08/1693 The birthday of the sparkling wine

Champagne is said to have been invented by Dom Pérignon. The story seems to be an 1821 embellishment by one Dom Groussard, in an attempt to increase the prestige of the abbey. The English scientist Christopher Merret seems to have been the first to add sugars, beginning the refermentation process which resulted in the first carbonated wine.

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