What is "champagne, champagnes"?
‘Champagne’ the name of a region in France. Only sparkling wine produced in this specific region may be described as ‘champagne’ – no other region of France may call its sparkling wine ‘champagne’. The best French sparkling wines made outside Champagne are called ‘crémant‘.
Champagne, champagnes *(m) is also the word we use in English. In French the singular and the plural are pronounced identically.
The laws which govern these naming rights are the AOC laws. They apply world-wide. Sparkling wines from other regions may say ‘méthode champenoise‘ on the label which indicates they are made in the same way as traditional champagne.
The ‘gn‘ has the ‘ny’ sound in ‘canyon’. ‘LasaGNa is a good reference for both French and in Italian. This is not a sound which comes naturally to an English speaker when it’s at the end of a word – simply sounding the ‘n’ will suffice if you have a problem with it;
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