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For Celebrations, English Fizz Is on the Rise

This image provided by Gusbourne wines shows grapes from their vineyard in 2017, in Kent, England. (Gusbourne via AP)
This image provided by Gusbourne wines shows grapes from their vineyard in 2017, in Kent, England. (Gusbourne via AP)

London (AP) -- English sparkling wine has been gaining prestige in recent years, with some experts comparing it to Champagne in taste and quality.

Globally, the sector is still relatively small: IWSR Drinks Market Analysis reports that sparkling wine produced in the U.K. represents about 0.2% of total global sparkling wine volume. But sales are growing: U.K.-produced sparkling wine volume rose by almost 11% from 2015-2020, the report said.