December 17, 1662 – Christopher Merret submitted the recipe for making sparkling wine to the Royal Society in London on this day. The recipe involved adding sugars and molasses to dry ciders to induce second fermentation producing sparkling ciders. Many wine experts believe the French copied this process in creating their sparkling wines after visiting England. Besides, Merret has been credited with being the first person to use the term “sparkling wine.” The first documented mention of the term in France was in 1718. Merret contributed so much to the sparkling wine industry; he introduced coal in glass furnaces to make stringer glass that could withstand the sparkling nature of wine.
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