submitted by Ajoy Bhakat
Champagne wine is protected by an european regulation called
Protected Designation of Origin (PDO). This european
law protects the names of local products made in
law has been accepted recently by the American administration.
However traditional makers of sparkling wine in the
US who made this kind of wine before the administration
accepted the European law can still call their wine
Champagne. But new sparkling wine in the US cannot
wear the name Champagne on the label any more.
PDO law is similar to the AOC (appelation
origine controlée) regulation in France. It
protects cheese products such as Stilton in the UK,
Gorgonzola and Parmesan in Italy, Feta in Greece,
Roquefort and Camembert in France.
such as Gorgonzola, Parmigiano Reggiano, Asiago cheese,
Camembert de Normandie and Champagne can only be
labelled as such if they come from the designated
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