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    All About Rosé

    Bryan introduces us to Rosé just in time for Valentine’s Day! Video by Geena Pietromonaco.

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    How to Open Champagne

    A quick tutorial from Bryan Maletis on opening a Champagne bottle the right way! Video by Geena Pietromonaco.

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    Should you Age Champagne?

    Fat Cork Club – Join Now! To cellar, or to drink, a question many of us ask when purchasing a beautiful bottle of wine. Champagne is unique in that it’s aged to perfection in the caves of producers in France before release. Champagne benefits from long amounts of time on the lees (the dead yeast […]

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    How Champagne is Made

    Fat Cork Club – Join Now!   Producing Champagne is a fascinating art, passed down from many generations. From vineyard to table, the process takes years! Learn the laborious and extraordinary steps of making Champagne below. CHAMPAGNE VINEYARDS All Champagne begins as grapes growing in vineyards located in the Champagne region of France. There are […]

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    2016 Champagne Harvest

    The Champagne harvest is complete for 2016! The grapes have all been picked by hand and are now bubbling away in their fermentation vessels! Learn about the laborious and extraordinary process of harvesting in Champagne below. (Below: The youngest member of Champagne Redon helping with harvest and the cutest harvest picture ever!) HAND-PICKED All of […]

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    What is “Special Club” Champagne?

    Fat Cork Club – Join Now! The Special Club, or Club Trésors de Champagne, was originally founded in 1971 by 12 of the oldest families of the Champagne region. Since then, the club has grown to include 29 producers committed to excellence in all aspects of production. This exclusive membership is only open to Recoltant […]

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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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    Meet our Grower: Champagne Redon

      Trépail, the beautiful home village of the Redon family, is one of the sunniest places in all of Champagne. The additional light makes their grapes—mostly Chardonnay—extra ripe upon picking, leading to fruit-forward and elegant wines. The Redon family now produces two distinct lines of Champagne, one by the father, Pascal, and one by the […]

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    Millésime 2008 – Our New Favorite Vintage

    Millésime (Vintage): Unique among Champagnes, Vintage Champagne is produced solely from grapes harvested in a single year and only in exceptional vintages. Aging requirements increase and producers must age these wines for a minimum of three years prior to release—many will age considerably longer. At Fat Cork, some of our producers choose to age as […]

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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 […]

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