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    Fat Cork at Ponzi Vineyards


    April 16th, 2-4pm | Ponzi Vineyards Winery | Sherwood, Oregon

    Explore Fat Cork grower Champagnes and Oregon sparkling wines at the iconic Oregon winery, Ponzi Vineyards! Bryan is honored to be presenting alongside winemaker Luisa Ponzi where they will lead an educational seminar all about bubbles!

    The Ponzis are pioneers in the Oregon Wine Industry. In the late 1960’s, the Pacific Northwest was not thought to be a place to grow great wine grapes, but the Ponzi family realized the Northern Willamette Valley was ideal for cool climate varieties and in 1970, Ponzi Vineyards was founded. After more than 40 years of making wonderful still wine, it is a natural progression that the second generation is starting to make great sparkling wine from the same cool climate varietals grown in Champagne, France.

    We are thrilled to have our Champagne featured at the historic Ponzi Vineyards! Join us to taste, discover, and enjoy bubbles from both Fat Cork and Oregon (including the release of Ponzi’s 2013 “Cin Cin” Brut Rosé!). Small bites will be provided. Space is limited, click here for tickets!

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    Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme is Visiting the PNW!


    We are thrilled and honored to announce that our producer, Laureen Baillette and Madam Baillette of Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme will be visiting the Northwest in April! They are traveling all the way from Trois-Puits, France to join Bryan on a Northwest adventure of vineyard tours, seminars, tastings, and of course, a visit to Fat Cork.

    We are very excited to show the Baillettes our warehouse (where we have proudly imported their Champagne from day 1!) and all that the Northwest wine industry has to offer.

    Save the date for one (or all!) of our events with Laureen Baillette.


    Monday, April 11th, 12-1pm
    Champagne Seminar with Laureen Baillette | Fat Cork | Seattle, WA
    Public Event | $20/Club, $30/PublicTickets here! 
    Join us over your lunch hour to learn the history of Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme from the vigneronne herself! Laureen will explain her unique approach to Champagne production, tell the incredible history of their family, and describe each of her fine cuvées in great detail. Tasting Champagne on a Monday afternoon is a beautiful way to start the week and live life! Small bites will be provided. We’re limiting this intimate seminar to 30 seats, so purchase your ticket soon!

    Monday, April 11th, 6pm
    Champagne Dinner with Laureen Baillette | Location to be Announced | Seattle, WA
    Public Event | RSVP to
    We are honored to work with local chef extraordinaire, Ethan Stowell, to create an evening of incredible food, delicious Champagne and great conversation with our French guests! The menu, location, and price are still in the works, but please RSVP to as soon as possible if you’re interested as this dinner will certainly sell out quickly. 

    Wednesday, April 13th, 4:30-6pm
    Tasting with Laureen Baillette | ROCO Winery | Newberg, OR
    FC Club Members and their Guests Only | RSVP to
    Mr. Rollin Soles is an icon for high-quality, Méthod Champenoise sparkling wine made in America. He and his wife, Corby, have been supporters of Fat Cork since the beginning and they were the first people we contacted when Laureen said she was coming to town. Getting Laureen and Rollin together to talk and taste Champagne will be a great time and quite educational! Space is limited, RSVP to

    Thursday, April 14th, 8:30am-5:30pm
    2016 Sparkling Wine Symposium | Ponzi Vineyards | Sherwood, OR
    Wine Industry Members | Tickets here!
    Attention wine makers all around the U.S.A., we are honored to have so many of you as Fat Cork customers! If you’re already making sparkling wine or are interested in doing so, this event is for you. Laureen Baillette will be featured on a panel alongside sparkling wine experts from Oregon and California to lead an all day workshop about everything sparkling. This is an opportunity to ask the experts all of your geeky questions, taste base wines, and learn the details that go into making great sparkling wine. Click here for tickets.

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