Champagne was invented in Britain by a West Country scientist NOT by the French, according to a new book. Author James Crowden claims that Christopher Merett delivered a paper setting out the recipe to the Royal Society in 1632. That was six years before the birth of French Benedictine monk Dom Perignon, who is usually claimed to have invented champagne. Merett, says Crowden, used techniques from the cider industry to invent the second fermentation method necessary to produce the drink. He also invented the stronger glass needed to bottle it. But nobody in England recognised champagne’s enormous potential and the French eventually took over. The Daily Telegraph 27/09/08 page 12 The Daily Mail 27/09/08 page 49