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English name (also generic wine, dt genus wine) for a type of wine, in contrast to a varietal (Varietal wine) usually contains a place or area name. In the US and Australia in particular, this was formerly excessively abused by wines without hesitation chablis. Champagne. Chianti, Burgundy ( Burgundy ) Madeira. port, Rhine ( Rhine ), Sauterne ( Sauterne ) sherry and Tokayers ( Tokaj ), although they had nothing whatever to do with the originals or the grape varieties used. In California, the term Proprietary Blend is also common. A semi-generic term refers to the use of a geographical name from a foreign country, if it is provided with the true geographical origin. One of the examples is "Napa Valley Champagne". In front of the American prohibition (1920-1933) were even without scruples Chateaux name used.

However, wines from third countries may only be imported into the EU if they do not misuse a geographical term. Within the USA and also in other countries marketed wines are however still from for example the Weinmulti Gallo denoted by these misleading names. Nothing has been changed by the EU-US trade agreement signed in 2005, which explicitly allows the use of such names for already established brands (see also under wine law ). Even the simplest sparkling wine is still referred to as Champagne overseas.

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