COVID-19 pandemic takes sparkle out of champagne

Updated: Aug 22, 2020, 10:27 PM(IST)

Winemakers in France's Champagne region were this week gathering a bumper grape harvest thanks to a shift into hotter climates, but there was a bitter after-taste: the slump in demand for bubbly caused by the COVID-19 pandemic means an excess in stock of bottles of the prized beverage.

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