FRANCE CHAMPAGNE

Francois Mori/ The Associated Press

“La Champagne” is the wine region 90 miles northeast of Paris, which includes these vines near the town of Epernay. French vintners hope to renew interest in champagne in the United States, where annual shipments slipped to 17.7 million bottles last year from a pre-recession high of 23.1 million in 2006.

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