French wine and spirits exports reached a record €11.7 billion
Prosecco overtook champagne as UK drinkers' fizz of choice for the first time in 2015
Campaigners said that the product marketed alcohol to children
Lots of people insist that if you put a spoon in the neck and put it in the fridge the bubbles will stay healthy and boisterous...
Samuel Muston raises his glass
Take your pick in Courchevel, Chamonix, Sainte-Foy, Megève, and Val Thorens
Mourinho fulfilled a promise in supplying champagne for his pre-match press conference in celebration of his 51st birthday
The vote will be held next year, with current president Sepp Blatter yet to decide whether to go for another term
As New Year's Eve approaches, there are vast swathes of sparkling on offer in the high street, so here are three celebration bottles where quality and price match up…
In Japan, New Year's Eve itself is called oh-misoka, and is a day to spend quietly at home for most people. It is not a day for fireworks at all in Japan (fireworks are reserved for summertime). You reflect on the old year, watch some year-ending entertainment programmes on TV such as Kohaku Uta Gassen (a long-running singing contest show), and perhaps go to the local temple at midnight, while hearing the 108 rings of the bell to ring away the evils of the old year. People looking for a party on New Year's Eve are often disappointed.
Sales fall flat under pressure from cheaper alternatives
There may only be four days to go, but there's still time to snap up some great pressies for all the family
Some say the Sky is falling in after BT Sport's hijacking of the Champions' League broadcasting rights. Yet without the satellite platform we might not have seen Sachin Tendulkar's 200th and final Test match (Sky Sports 2, Thursday). They have been faithfully delivering cricket from all corners of the old empire since early 1990, coinciding with all but three months of the Little Master's remarkable 24-year career.
A number of other records were broken yesterday
The 22-year-old scored a stunning goal against Montenegro to cap a fine display