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Champanillo Name Spells Bubble Trouble for Barcelona Tapas Bars

  • French champagne producers complained about use of name, logo
  • EU court clarifies rules of so-called designations of origin
A Champanillo outlet in Barcelona.
A Champanillo outlet in Barcelona.Source: Google Maps

A Barcelona tapas bar chain lost a European Union court dispute with French wine makers over its use of the name “Champanillo” and a logo of two clinking Champagne glasses. 

An EU protection for the name Champagne also shields it against the use of similarly sounding names, the EU’s Court of Justice ruled on Thursday.