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The U.K. Has Broken Up With Prosecco and Got Back With Champagne

Just in time for Christmas

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Champagne > prosecco, officially

The country’s passionate love affair with prosecco has run out of fizz, the Telegraph reports. Four years after being knocked off the top spot, Champagne has regained its title as the U.K.’s favourite bubbly alcoholic beverage, with sales of it outstripping those of prosecco thanks to an “aggressive pricing campaign by French producers”. Toast its return to prominence (or mourn the ousting of its Italian rival) at one of Eater’s pick of London’s best cocktail bars, or consider a spot of button-bothering...

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