How to Open Champagne

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

Introducing Champagne Xavier Leconte!

For an incredible six generations the Leconte Family has passed down a passion for crafting exceptional Champagne from their vineyards in the heart of Troissy-Bouquigny, a small town in the Vallée de la Marne region. The terroir benefits from a moderate oceanic climate and identifiable chalk, limestone and clay parcels where the different grapes are specifically planted where they are best situated to grow.

Introducing Champagne Xavier Leconte!

Alexis, along with help from his parents, Xavier and Sylvie, has led his family operation since he took the helm in 2013. In addition to spending his entire life training with his family in Champagne, Alexis has experience in many different Champagne houses and wineries. After working in the Grandes Maisons de Champagne, Alexis earned his National Diploma of Oenology and spent 4 years working in Bordeaux and Alsace. These outside experiences have helped Alexis come back to lead his family Champange business into the next generation.

“Even being an oenologist, we need an outside opinion. My group of friends, from wine school help me taste. They are each winemakers on different soils, with different stories, and it helps. We grow from sharing.” 

-Alexis Leconte

Introducing Champagne Xavier Leconte!

We’re honored to be the exclusive U.S. importer and retailer of yet another remarkable Champagne family, Xavier Leconte! Check out the Champagne Xavier Leconte collection of 10 distinct cuvées!

Introducing Champagne Xavier Leconte!

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. 

Fat Cork goes to IPNC, 2016

Our Champagnes have been consumed and celebrated at the International Pinot Noir Celebration since Bryan first visited in 2011, rolling a cooler around filled with bubbles!

Thibaud Mandet (Winemaker at WillaKenzie), Bryan, Rollin Soles (Winemaker at ROCO Winery)

Fat Cork goes to IPNC, 2016

Pinot Noir from Australia, excellent!

Fat Cork goes to IPNC, 2016

Champagne and sparkling wine fanatics: David Speer (Ambonnay), Rajat Parr (Evening Land, Sandhi Wines, Domaine de la Côte), Bryan

Fat Cork goes to IPNC, 2016

Bryan, Ken Meyer (FC Club Member), Nelson Daquip (Canlis Head Sommelier), Chris Tange (Seattle wine distributor and Master Sommelier)

Fat Cork goes to IPNC, 2016

Bryan, Chris, Carrie (Wine buyer for Sea Creature Restaurants), Renee Erickson (Chef and Owner, Sea Creature Restaurants)

Fat Cork goes to IPNC, 2016

IPNC’s volunteer sommeliers enjoying Fat Cork Champagne with their brunch.

Fat Cork goes to IPNC, 2016

Larry Stone (Master Sommelier, Lingua Franca Wines), Raj, Mimi Castille (Oregon vigneronne and FC Club Member), Bryan

Fat Cork goes to IPNC, 2016

Bryan, Dawn Smith (Sommelier extraordinaire and Fat Cork General Manager)

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 eldest son, Adrien. Pascal Redon’s cuvées are classic and full-bodied, while Adrien’s cuvées are fresh and dry. Both labels use the same old vine vineyards and the family’s traditional wood press, but create their final cuvées in their own unique style.

Watch the video for a quick look at the sunny vineyards of Champagne Redon! 

 

Meet our Grower: Champagne Redon

Meet our Grower: Champagne Redon

Meet our Grower: Champagne Redon

Meet our Grower: Champagne Redon

Meet our Grower: Champagne Redon

Meet our Grower: Champagne Redon

Before & After: Our New Champagne cave!

We’re proud to show off our newly remodeled Champagne cave, and we’re humbled by the support that has allowed us to grow!

Before & After: Our New Champagne cave!

Before & After: Our New Champagne cave!

Before & After: Our New Champagne cave!

Before & After: Our New Champagne cave!

Before & After: Our New Champagne cave!

FC Club Members! If you’re planning a trip to Seattle (or live here now!), schedule a private, complimentary tasting in our Champagne cave! Simply email FCClub@Fatcork.com two weeks before your visit to make arrangements.

 

Bryan stars on New Day Northwest!

 

Fat Cork was on New Day Northwest! Bryan sat down with New Day Northwest host, Margaret Larson, to teach a Champagne lesson and tell the story of Fat Cork on live TV.

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

We had an amazing week of vineyard tours, educational seminars, and Champagne tastings with Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme! We had the pleasure of hosting our producer, Laureen, her mother, Marie-France, and our business partner, Cristina.

We started the week with dinner at the Maletis home to celebrate our French guests’ arrival!

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

 

Marie France, Laureen, Cristina, Abby, and Bryan, hosted a Champagne Seminar at Fat Cork. Laureen led a wonderful educational course on her family’s history and production methods, and even brought pink aprons from her Champagne house for our team to wear!

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

 

We hosted a Champagne reception with Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme Tavolàta for our Seattle customers. The team at Tavolàta prepared amazing French fare that paired with each cuvée in the Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme collection.

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

 

Cheryl at Pix Pâtisserie hosted us for a lovely afternoon Champagne tasting in Portland!

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

 

While in Oregon, we toured the amazing Eyrie Vineyards with Jason Lett. After our tour, we enjoyed a lovely lunch; Jason Lett made us duck and fresh morels, and even spoke perfect French the entire visit!

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

 

We also enjoyed a tour of ROCO Winery with the wonderful Rollin Soles!

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

 

While in Oregon, we had dinner at The Dundee Bistro with Rollin & Corby Soles of ROCO Winery, our French producers, and Dick, Nancy, and Luisa Ponzi of Ponzi Vineyards!

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

 

We ended the week at the Sparkling Wine Symposium at Ponzi Vineyards. Bryan and Laureen were honored to be featured on the panel among sparkling wine experts to teach other industry members about bubbly.

Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s Visit to the PNW!

Fat Cork at Ponzi Vineyards

TINY BUBBLES SPARKLING SEMINAR

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!