A  New York entrepreneur with Berkshire County ties has launched a new sparkling wine canned cocktail called Champé.

Champé Handcrafted Berkshire Bubbly, the brainchild of DJ DiBuono of Troy, NY, is the latest canned cocktail to hit the market, but this one is made right here in The Berkshires. DiBuono, who has family ties to The Berkshires, reached out to local winery Hilltop Orchards amidst the pandemic. He was looking for a partner to produce and can his product, and it seemed to be a great fit, DiBuono told Spectrum News.

At 5% ABV, 140 Calories, and no added sugars, the sparkling cocktail brags that they offer more flavor and less guilt than traditional sparkling wine cocktails.

Currently, they offer two different flavors; The first is a Sparkling Wine + Orange, a take on the classic mimosa with bubbly from New York State’s Finger Lake region fused with beautiful orange concentrate and natural flavors without any added sugar or artificial flavoring. The second is a Sparkling Wine + Peach, a play on the classic bellini, with bubbly from New York State’s Finger Lake region fused with crisp concentrate and natural flavors without any added sugar or artificial flavoring.

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In Berkshire County, you can currently purchase Champé at Nichols Package Store, Liberty Package Store, Lanesboro Wine and Spirits, Pontoosuc Package Store, Kelly's Package Store, and of course, Hilltop Orchards. According to their Facebook page,  Zucchini's, Otto's, Mazzeo's, Roasted Garlic, and Proprietor's Lodge are all serving the craft bubbly in-house.

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