Boston Entertainment and Lifestyle Television Personality
In an east-meets-west entrepreneurial endeavor, two-time Emmy award-winning executive producer and Boston-based entertainment and lifestyle television personality, Jenny Johnson, has teamed up with Penny Gadd-Coster, executive director of winemaking at Rack & Riddle in Healdsburg, CA, to create Champy, a Sonoma County sparkling wine that celebrates life—and the hard work that goes into it.
Johnson, who has been steering the people of Boston and greater New England toward choice dining and drinking experiences for more than a decade through her work as a two-time Emmy Award-winning producer and television host (“Dining Playbook” and “TV Diner”) is now turning local imbibers on to her own brand of brut.
A genuine lover of bubbly, Johnson has always been attracted to the celebratory spirit that revolves around sparkling wine and its ability to spontaneously transform an ordinary moment into an extraordinary one. But, as Johnson points out, people are no longer waiting for momentous occasions to celebrate. “Champy is about celebrating moments both big and small. It’s about adding an exclamation point to the end of your day and taking a moment to appreciate it,” said Johnson. Pouring a glass of Champy sparkling wine allows us to do just that. To Be Present. Be Spontaneous. Be Champy.
Champy is a chardonnay and pinot noir blend produced in Sonoma County, CA. Its sparkle is derived from the traditional method of fermentation, also known as the méthode champenoise, in which a secondary fermentation takes place in the bottle.
“Sonoma is a special area that is really great for making sparkling wine,” said Gadd-Coster, who oversees Champy’s production. She explains that because Sonoma’s climate is a little warmer than France’s Champagne region, the wines from this area develop fruitier flavors. “It’s really easy to keep a bottle in your fridge, pop it open every day, and enjoy a glass,” she says. “It makes you feel special.”
Champy will be available to the Boston market in the fall/winter of 2015. For more information please stay updated via our Blog and Social Media channels.
- Tasting Notes: Soft, lush, and creamy in the mouth with hints of citrus flower on the nose and bright notes of sweet red raspberry, strawberry, green apple, and ripe stone fruit on the palate.
- Color: Pale Golden Yellow
- Varietals: 60% chardonnay and 40% pinot noir sourced from Sonoma, Mendocino and Napa counties
- Appellation: Sonoma County
- Style: Brut
- Fermentation: Méthode Champenoise
- Tirage: 18-22 months
- Dosage: .8
- ABV: 12.5%
- Pairings: Bread and light cheeses, fresh oysters, niçoise salad, grilled chicken, moules frites, salmon, and lobster. For sweet pairings, consider strawberry shortcake, peach cobbler, and apple tart. Champy also makes a distinctive and delicious base ingredient for sparkling wine cocktails.
BE PRESENT. BE SPONTANEOUS. BE CHAMPY. More than a sparkling wine, Champy is a state of mind.
Champy was founded by entrepreneur, two-time Emmy award-winning executive producer and Boston-based entertainment and lifestyle television personality, Jenny Johnson. A genuine lover of bubbly, Johnson has always been attracted to the celebratory spirit that revolves around sparkling wine and its ability to spontaneously transform an ordinary moment into an extraordinary one. In 2015 she collaborated with Penny Gadd-Coster, executive director of winemaking at Rack & Riddle in Sonoma, CA, to develop Champy a high-quality sparkling wine that would inspire people to celebrate life, not just on momentous occasions but every day. The chardonnay and pinot noir blend produced in Sonoma County, CA is of the finest quality and retails at a desirable price, allowing people to celebrate moments both big and small with a glass of Champy. Be Present. Be Spontaneous. Be Champy.