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    We Are A Seattle Hidden Gem!

    Seattle Rain or Shine Guides came to the Cave this weekend to talk to us about Fat Cork! We are featured in their Hidden Gems section. Check out the full article here. 

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    Fat Cork featured in Market Watch Magazine

    We are honored to be featured in Market Watch Magazine! Bryan was quoted on the unique appeal of Grower Champagne in their article “Grower Champagne Goes Mainstream”. Check out the full article here. 

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    FC Club Featured in Seattle Magazine!

    We are honored to have our name in the latest issue of Seattle Magazine! Our FC Club was named one of Seattle Magazine’s favorite local subscriptions. Check out the full feature here! 


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    Fat Cork Featured in Seattle Magazine!

    We were honored to be featured in the December 2015 issue of Seattle Magazine! Check out an excerpt of the article written by Paul Zitarelli below or visit Seattle Magazine online to see the full feature.

    Sparkling Wine for Holiday (and Everyday) Celebrations

    Paul Zitarelli’s guide to this season’s bubbliest companions for entertaining | December 2015  

    For most wine lovers, the EF Score for sparkling wine is off the charts. (Never heard of an EF Score? That’s probably because I just invented it. Patent pending.) EF stands for enjoyment multiplied by frequency, and it’s a handy construct for figuring out whether you’re buying the right wines. Ask yourself: How much did you enjoy the last few sparkling wines you drank? And how frequently are you drinking sparkling wine? If the answers to those are “a lot” and “not very often,” you’re not alone—and you should be drinking more sparkling wine.

    Fortunately, in Washington, we’re in the midst of a golden age for sparkling-wine lovers. The breadth of available bubbly has never been greater—high end and low end, local and import, white and pink and (gulp) red: It’s all available to savvy Seattleites. May I suggest the easiest, most pleasant New Year’s resolution you’ll ever make? Drink. More. Bubbly. Here’s how…

    Cozy Up to Your Friendly Champagne Importer
    In 2009, a bill was passed in the Washington State Legislature that relaxed restrictions on ownership of liquor businesses. Bryan Maletis responded quickly. Less than one year later, he launched Fat Cork in Seattle, where he is the exclusive importer and retailer of a carefully selected portfolio of grower Champagnes. He sells his Champagnes online and through his Fantastic Champagne (FC) Club (, hand-selecting bottles for each club member based on taste preferences. Fat Cork also hosts monthly tastings in its charming “cave” just west of the Seattle Center. “I wanted to control our product from the caves of vignerons in France all the way to consumers across the United States,” says Maletis. “As the only link between the producer and the consumer, we also have the ability to share the stories of every family producing Champagne, giving each bottle a unique history.”

    Why the focus on Champagne? “The taste of well-made Champagne is distinctly beautiful,” enthuses Maletis, “and has yet to be replicated anywhere else in the world.”


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    Bryan featured in Bellevue Club Reflections

    “This world is crazy, and so is daily life; taking a moment to reflect and celebrate is what makes me most happy.”
    – Bryan Maletis, Fat Cork co-founder

    Check out Bryan’s full interview in the Bellevue Club Reflections Beauty and Luxury issue! A special thank you to Lauren Hunsberger for the feature.


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    Fat Cork featured in Wall Street Journal!

    We are extremely proud to have been featured in an article about Wine Clubs in The Wall Street Journal‘s Off Duty section. And, we were the only Champagne Club mentioned! Check out Lettie Teague’s review of our club here.


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    Fat Cork’s Best in Show: 2014 Champagne

    The most memorable cuvées we imported last year.
    Dear Champagne lovers,

    All of the Champagne we import is phenomenal and each cuvée stands out for a different reason. That’s why I love hand-selecting for every FC Club Member!

    I will never be able to settle on a favorite cuvée and I adore all of our producers. But, there were a few Champagnes that were very memorable for me last year and I thought all y’all might want to know who made my 2014 Dean’s List!

    What was on your top list in 2014? We’d love to know. (FC Club Members, don’t forget, we keep all of your feedback on file!)



    “Teacher’s Pet”

    Perrot-Batteux et Filles Cuvée 1997 / $108

    When Cynthia Perrot’s father came up from the family caves smiling and holding unlabeled, chalk-covered bottles, we had reason to be excited. He said the bottles were a 50/50 blend from the 1995 and 1996 vintages and they were certainly 100% Chardonnay. He blended these bottles and stashed them away in 1997, so we’re calling it Cuvée 97. Aged supremely in bottle for 16+ years, and just recently disgorged, it has developed extraordinary character and we asked it to be finished and corked as is, with zero dosage.

    “Perfect Attendance Award”

    Jean Baillette-Prudhomme Brut Nature Premier Cru / $59

    Laureen Baillette continues to excel with every cuvée she creates, but her Brut Nature delights with a fantastic balance of age and freshness every time we open a bottle. It’s a pure representation of Pinot Noir coming from old vines in the Montagne de Reims and aged for years in the bottle. We’ve imported it since day one at Fat Cork, and every time we call on it, we’re impressed!

    “Rookie of the Year”

    Adrien Redon Le Grand R / $78

    We always knew Adrien Redon was taking over primary winemaking responsibilities of his father’s Champagne Pascal Redon, but he absolutely stunned us on a recent visit when he proudly revealed four new cuvées bearing his own Adrien Redon labels. He had been working on these cuvées since 2008 but never said a word. When asked why, he said, “I didn’t want to showcase until they were entirely ready”. A true artist, Adrien’s cuvées are transparent and made with his own style. They’re all excellent, but this cuvée impressed me the most. It’s 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir. It’s balance is incredible.

    Follow Adrien on Instagram!

    “Life of the Party”

    Mathieu-Gandon Rosé de Saignée / $72

    Many Pinot Meunier-dominant cuvées can be somewhat simple, with their straight-forward fruit and short(ish) finish. Fabien Mathieu agrees, and that is why this 100% Pinot Meunier Rosé Saignée is only made with 60+ year old vines in a very special family vineyard that produces Pinot Meunier grapes with structure and length. To keep the acidity fresh and lively, he finishes this beautiful Rosé with very little dosage and inhibits malolactic fermentation. Bright on the tongue, with an abundance of red fruit flavors, this Rosé allows the purity of the Pinot Meunier grape shine.

    P.S. This is one cuvée that would make a splash in a vintage coupe!

    “Most Artistic”

    Grongnet Blanc de Noirs / $49

    Cecile Grongnet certainly grows much more Chardonnay than Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, but she wanted to showcase the uniqueness of these dark-skinned grapes grown in the Southwest corner of the Côte des Blancs region. Unlike the Blanc de Noirs coming from the Montagne de Reims region, this cuvée has the citrus fruit associated with Chardonnay along with fun, tropical fruit flavors not usually found in Champagne. It’s a 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, and though Cecile has very little of these grapes available, she crafts a small lot of Blanc de Noirs every year she can.

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    Grower Champagne Guide from Fat Cork & Wine Folly

    Our very own Bryan Maletis was recently featured as a guest contributor on Wine Folly, a blog devoted to decoding the wide world of wine. Bryan was honored to work with Madeline, the creator of Wine Folly, to create a Guide to Grower Champagne. The article covers all the basics of grower-produced bubbly and features great infographics created by Wine Folly.

    Be sure to check out the article and Wine Folly here. Cheers!


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    Fat Cork featured on Sur La Table’s Blog!

    Photo by Sur La Table

    Last week, Sur La Table’s A Sharp Knife & Salt blog featured Fat Cork in their roundup of New Year’s Champagne! Author Jay Campbell tasted three Fat Cork cuvées:

    1)Pascal Redon Brut Tradition, an 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir blend noted for floral and fruity notes throughout with a crisp finish.

    2) Grongnet Special Club 2008, hailing from the Côte des Blancs region, this bottle is made by a producer that qualifies for the “Special Club,” meaning it comes from an exclusive club of Champagne houses selected by its peers.

    3)Didier-Ducos Rosé, a classic and aromatic rosé featuring hints of strawberries and cherries.

    We are honored to have been included! Check out the article here.

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    Fat Cork’s FC Club Featured in Seattle Met!

    Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, Valentine’s Day, or belated Christmas present, we believe that a Fantastic Champagne Club Membership is the best gift you can give. From novices to experienced Champagne drinkers, an FC Club membership delivers two, three, or six, exclusive, hand-selected bottles every other month right to your recipient’s door. The selections are tailored every other month based on customers’ feedback, creating a satisfying, bubble-filled experience and a reason to celebrate everyday!

    Our friends over at Seattle Met agree that an FC Club Membership makes a great gift! This holiday season the FC Club was featured in Seattle Met’s Nosh Pit on their “7 Holiday Gift Memberships of the Liquid Variety“. Check it out!

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