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Roquefort identifies a blue cheese made in a region in southwest France, around the municipality of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon. Other French cheeses include Comté and Brie de Meaux.
Parmigiano-Reggiano (and the English name "Parmesan") is one of many Italian cheeses that is protected, along with Asiago, Gorgonzola and Taleggio. The farms and dairies that produce Parmigiano Reggiano are necessarily located in five areas: the provinces of Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, Bologna, and Mantova.
Sparkling wines are made around the world, but they can only be called Champagne if they are produced in the Champagne region in France. Over 300 French wines and spirits have geographic protection; Bordeaux and Côtes du Rhône are among the many protected wines, as is the spirit Cognac.
Scotch whisky and Plymouth gin are spirits from the United Kingdom that have protected status, as does Irish whiskey from Ireland. Though places of origin are common in the names of goods, they can also be non-geographic, as is the case with Tequila from Mexico (derived from the Agave tequilana plant).
Colombian coffee became the first non-European Protected Geographical Indication registered in the European Union in 2007. The character Juan Valdez is the famous brand of Café de Colombia.
Darjeeling Tea was the first commodity from India to be registered as a Protected Geographic Indication product by the EC. It can only be grown in the Darjeeling district of India.
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