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For many years now English sparkling wine has been casting around for a catchy name to call itself. Obviously we can't use Champagne, not least because the French tidied that one up in The Treaty of Versailles at the end of the First World War. Not having the luxury of a unifying area, like Champagne, we've resorted to, at times slightly embarassing, marketing speak names. Britagne deserves an honourable mention in this category. Merret was suggested and used by some. Christopher Merret was the Englishman who presented a paper to The Royal Institution in 1662 on how to make wine sparkling through the addition of sugar to start a secondary fermentation. This was some 6 years before Dom Perignon even...

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