In England, trees had been used for centuries to build towns and ships and to heat homes. By the 1600’s there was a serious problem. England was becoming seriously deforested. The king declared that using firewood for anything other than what was absolutely necessary was now forbidden. Glass blowers reluctantly turned to coal as a way to heat their fires. This hotter fire allowed them to create thicker glass and bottles. Better bottles allowed vintners to allow wine to ferment after it was bottled. Voile! Champagne! Amazing how an energy crisis helped stimulate a popular party drink!
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