How To Taste Champagne

Bryan shares his tips for tasting Champagne! Smelling, swirling, sipping, and enjoying, learn the best way to taste Champagne in this quick video.

Wonderful video by Geena Pietromonaco!

Champagne and Food Pairings

Champagne is one of, if not the most versatile beverage to pair with a wide variety of foods. As long as you avoid sweet foods and overly strong flavors, it’s hard to go wrong when pairing Champagne with many of your favorite foods. Here’s our foolproof guide to pairing Champagne with easy, everyday foods. No caviar required!

Champagne Pairing Basics

Match weight and texture: light foods tend to taste best with lighter wines; heavier foods usually taste best with stronger wines.

Match flavor intensity: Mild flavors usually pair better with delicate wine; more intense flavors typically taste better with richer wines.

Skip the sweets: Because Champagne is typically dry (and Fat Cork Champagne is almost always on the dry side), pairing Champagne with a sweet dessert can make the Champagne taste bitter. Instead, try pairing Champagne with dark chocolate and berries, or finish your meal with a bright, refreshing brut nature!

 

Champagne and Food Pairings

Champagne and Salty Foods

Champagne paired with salty foods makes one of the easiest and most delicious pairings! Salt balances acidic wine, so salty foods are especially great when paired with dry Champagnes (like brut natures). We love pairing dry Champagne with thick-cut potato chips, popcorn tossed with olive oil and parmesan, or homemade oven fries.

Champagne and Food Pairings

Champagne and Seafood

Classic and foolproof, almost all seafood pairs well with Champagne. A few of our favorites: oysters and blanc de blancs, grilled salmon and rosé, spicy fish tacos and pinot meunier.

Champagne and Food Pairings

Champagne and Take Out

Our favorite way to celebrate a weeknight: take out and Champagne. Pinot meunier Champagne compliments spicy food (try it with Vietnamese or Thai food), and brut nature shines with lighter foods (like sushi).

Champagne and Food Pairings

Champagne and Cheese

Stinky, creamy, hard, or soft, almost all cheeses pair well with Champagne! Add cured meats, olives, nuts, dried fruit, and bread to your cheese plate for even more delicious pairings.

Champagne and Food Pairings

Champagne with Brunch

Enjoy bubbly with brunch! Paired with rich eggs, salty bacon, tart berries, and buttery croissants, Champagne turns an always fun brunch into a super fun morning celebration.

Champagne Movie Night: Oct. 4th

Save the date! On the evening of Tuesday, October 4th, we’re taking over Edmonds Theater (415 Main St, Edmonds, WA) for a Champagne movie night! Join us for Fat Cork bubbly, popcorn and a big screen feature.

More information and tickets coming soon. Help us decide which movie pairs best with Champagne and popcorn by leaving a comment, or emailing us with your vote! 

1) Princess Bride
2) Midnight in Paris
3) James Bond: Bryan’s Choice

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. 

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.

 

The Fourth Generation of Magnums have Arrived!

The Fourth Generation of Magnums have Arrived!

 

After a long (but temperature controlled) pilgrimage from the caves of France, Fat Cork’s fourth generation of Magnums have arrive on our shores!

Big, bubbly, and delicious, these Champagnes will make a statement. Each bottle is handled individually throughout production (from bottling to disgorgement). And, with less than 200 magnums of each cuvée produced every year, these big bottles are rare!

Welcome our large format friends to your holiday celebrations! Perfect for a party of 6-8, exceptional for a party of 4, and sublime for a party of 2, a magnums contains 16 glasses of Champagne.

The Fourth Generation of Magnums have Arrived!

The Fat Cork Experience

We’re Champagne experts, personal shoppers, and party aficionados. And we’re always standing by to help you find the perfect cuvée for every palate and every celebration.

Learn more about The Fat Cork Experience in our best video yet!

Meet our Grower: Jean Baillette-Prudhomme

Meet Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme!

Laureen Baillette is a true star hailing from the Montagne de Reims region. At only 29 years old, Laureen is the vigneronne of Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme. With her mother’s guidance and sister’s help, Jean Baillette-Prudhomme is one of the few vineyards in Champagne managed by three women!

The secret of this Champagne is old vineyards and at least 50% reserve wine used in every cuvée. Laureen follow the traditions of her father, producing all of her Champagne on an old press (that she painted pink!).

Watch the video above for a quick look at Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme’s traditional wood press and extraordinary caves!(from Fat Cork on Vimeo.).

 

Meet our Grower: Jean Baillette-Prudhomme

Meet our Grower: Jean Baillette-Prudhomme

Meet our Grower: Jean Baillette-Prudhomme

Meet our Grower: Jean Baillette-Prudhomme

Meet our Grower: Jean Baillette-Prudhomme

Meet our Grower: Jean Baillette-Prudhomme

Meet our Grower: Perrot-Batteux et Filles

Meet Champagne Perrot-Batteux et Filles!

As the name “et Filles” indicates, this Champagne house was inherited by a daughter. Cynthia Perrot has proudly led and progressed the family operation over the last 10 years.

Coming from the southernmost region of the Côte des Blancs, her soil is composed of pure chalk. This terroir undoubtedly cultivates the freshest and purest Chardonnay in all of Champagne. All of the cuvées in Perrot-Batteux’s collection are clean and bright; they’re delicious in youth or with many years of age and they clearly showcase the greatness of Chardonnay.

Watch the video above for a quick look at harvest with Cynthia and Champagne Perrot-Batteux et Filles (from Fat Cork on Vimeo).

Meet our Grower: Perrot-Batteux et Filles

Meet our Grower: Perrot-Batteux et Filles

Meet our Grower: Perrot-Batteux et Filles

Meet our Grower: Perrot-Batteux et Filles

Meet our Grower: Perrot-Batteux et Filles