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If you’re preparing for a dinner party or elegant event, a bright and festive wine is probably on your list.

But what’s the difference between sparkling wine and champagne? Or are they the same thing?

While sparkling wine and champagne are often used interchangeably, there is a difference between the two drinks, and you don't want to use the wrong term around a wine specialist.

Here’s everything you need to know about the two drinks and how they differ.

Sparkling Wine vs. Champagne—What’s the Difference?

Sparkling wine is an umbrella term, and champagne is included under that umbrella. In other words, all champagnes are sparkling wines, though it is only one of many types of sparkling wines. For example, prosecco, cremant, and cava are also types of sparkling wines.

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