Champagne vs. Champaign

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Main Difference

The main difference between Champagne and Champaign is that the Champagne is a sparkling wine from Champagne, France and Champaign County, Illinois, United States.

  • Champagne

    Champagne (, French: [ʃɑ̃paɲ]) is a type of sparkling wine and type of an alcoholic drink produced from grapes grown in the Champagne region of France following rules that demand, among other things, secondary fermentation of the wine in the bottle to create carbonation, specific vineyard practices, sourcing of grapes exclusively from specific parcels in the Champagne appellation and specific pressing regimes unique to the region. Most people use the term Champagne as a generic term for sparkling wine, but in some countries, it is illegal to label any product Champagne unless it both comes from the Champagne region and is produced under the rules of the appellation.

    Primarily, the grapes Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay are used in the production of almost all Champagne, but a tiny amount of pinot blanc, pinot gris, arbane, and petit meslier are vinified as well. Champagne appellation law allows only grapes grown according to appellation rules in specifically designated plots within the appellation to be used in the production of champagne.

    Champagne became associated with royalty in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. The leading manufacturers made efforts to associate their Champagnes with nobility and royalty through advertising and packaging, which led to popularity among the emerging middle class.

  • Champaign

    Champaign (English: ) is a city in Champaign County, Illinois, United States. The city is 135 miles (217 km) south of Chicago, 124 miles (200 km) west of Indianapolis, Indiana, and 178 mi (286 km) northeast of St. Louis, Missouri. The United States Census Bureau estimates the city was home to 84,513 people as of July 1, 2014. Champaign is the tenth-most populous city in Illinois, and the state’s fourth-most populous city outside the Chicago metropolitan area.

    Champaign is notable for sharing the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign with its sister city of Urbana. Champaign is also home to Parkland College which serves about 18,000 students during the academic year. Due to the university and a number of well known technology startup companies, it is often referred to as the hub, or a significant landmark, of the Silicon Prairie. Champaign houses offices for Sony, and for the Fortune 500 companies Abbott, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Caterpillar, Deere & Company, Dow Chemical Company, IBM, and State Farm.

  • Champagne (noun)

    A sparkling blend of grapes, especially Chardonnay and pinot, produced in Champagne, France, by the méthode champenoise.

  • Champagne (noun)

    Any sparkling wine made by the méthode champenoise.

  • Champagne (noun)

    Any sparkling white wine.

  • Champagne (noun)

    A glass of champagne.

  • Champagne (noun)

    A very pale colour, similar to that of champagne.

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  • Champagne (adjective)

    Of a very pale colour, similar to that of champagne.

  • Champagne (verb)

    To ply or treat with champagne.

  • Champagne (verb)

    To drink champagne.

  • Champaign (noun)

    Open countryside, or an area of open countryside.

  • Champaign (noun)

    A battlefield.

  • Champaign (adjective)

    Pertaining to open countryside; unforested, flat.

  • Champagne (noun)

    a former province of north-eastern France that now corresponds to the Champagne-Ardenne administrative region. The region is noted for the white sparkling wine first produced there in about 1700.

  • Champaign (noun)

    open level countryside.

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