Wine vs. Champagne

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Main Difference

The main difference between Wine and Champagne is that the Wine is a alcoholic drink made from grapes and Champagne is a sparkling wine from Champagne, France

  • Wine

    Wine is an alcoholic drink made from fermented grapes. Yeast consumes the sugar in the grapes and converts it to ethanol, carbon dioxide, and heat. Different varieties of grapes and strains of yeasts produce different styles of wine. These variations result from the complex interactions between the biochemical development of the grape, the reactions involved in fermentation, the terroir, and the production process. Many countries enact legal appellations intended to define styles and qualities of wine. These typically restrict the geographical origin and permitted varieties of grapes, as well as other aspects of wine production. Wines not made from grapes include rice wine and fruit wines such as plum, cherry, pomegranate, currant and elderberry.

    Wine has been produced for thousands of years. The earliest known traces of wine are from Georgia (c. 6000 BC), Iran (c. 5000 BC), and Sicily (c. 4000 BC) although there is evidence of a similar alcoholic drink being consumed earlier in China (c. 7000 BC). The earliest known winery is the 6,100-year-old Areni-1 winery in Armenia. Wine reached the Balkans by 4500 BC and was consumed and celebrated in ancient Greece, Thrace and Rome. Throughout history, wine has been consumed for its intoxicating effects.Wine has long played an important role in religion. Red wine was associated with blood by the ancient Egyptians and was used by both the Greek cult of Dionysus and the Romans in their Bacchanalia; Judaism also incorporates it in the Kiddush and Christianity in the Eucharist.

  • 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.

  • Wine (noun)

    An alcoholic beverage made by fermenting the juice of grapes.

    “Wine is stronger than beer.”

    “She ordered some wine for the meal.”

  • Wine (noun)

    An alcoholic beverage made by fermenting the juice of fruits or vegetables other than grapes, usually preceded by the type of the fruit or vegetable; for example, “dandelion wine”.

  • Wine (noun)

    A serving of wine.

    “I’d like three beers and two wines, please.”

  • Wine (noun)

    A dark purplish red colour; the colour of red wine.


  • Wine (noun)


  • Wine (verb)

    To entertain with wine.

  • Wine (verb)

    To drink wine.

  • 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.

  • Wine (noun)

    an alcoholic drink made from fermented grape juice

    “he opened a bottle of red wine”

    “the regional foods and wines of France”

  • Wine (noun)

    an alcoholic drink made from the fermented juice of specified other fruits or plants

    “a glass of elderflower wine”

  • Wine (noun)

    short for wine red

    “a wine-coloured suit”

  • Wine (verb)

    entertain someone by offering them drinks and a meal

    “members of Congress have been lavishly wined and dined by lobbyists for years”

  • Wine (verb)

    enjoy oneself by eating and drinking lavishly

    “we wined and dined with Bernard’s friends”

  • Wine (verb)

    dance with rhythmic gyratory movements of the pelvic region

    “the crowd jumped and wined and churned the field into mud”

  • 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.

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