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Weekend Drink History presents; Champagne!
The Romans were the first to plant vineyards in an area of northeast France with the region being cultivated by at least the 5th century, possibly earlier. Wines from the Champagne region were known before medieval times. However, champagne started to become popular when Monks “invented” the drink in the Abbey of Saint Hilaire near Carcassonne in 1531. In France, the first sparkling Champagne was created accidentally; its pressure led it to be called “the devil’s wine” (le vin du diable) as bottles exploded or the cork jolted away. Famed champagne maker Dom Perignon solved this problem by putting a wire collar (muselet) over the cork. Dom Perignon is one of the most famous names in champagne, even today.