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Frequently Asked Questions

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Although there tends to be a romantic image of popping a traditional cork, the truth is that cork taint (wine spoilage due to faulty corks) affects up to 7% of wine bottled with cork. Screwcaps prevent cork taint, and preserve wine freshness more evenly. Since quality is our paramount concern we do not want even one bottle of Fat bastard to be anything less than what our exceptional audience has come to expect. Screwcaps also allow the wine to maintain the bouquet and flavor profile that our winemaker intended, and offer easy storage and added convenience (no corkscrew necessary!) Starting with the 2010 vintage, all bottles of Fat bastard will have screwcaps instead of corks.

We recommend serving our whites chilled to about 51-53°F; they are best after about an hour in the refrigerator. We also suggest that you keep your reds in a cool dark place, so that their serving temperature is ideally between 60-62°F (slightly below room temperature).

A standard bottle of wine should yield approximately 5 servings when the glass is filled about half full.  A standard formula for an event is half a bottle per person. Since it’s impossible to predict how much or how little your guests will drink, this rule of thumb allows for some flexibility for guests who won’t be drinking, and those who will. Consider too, that it is better to have leftover, unopened bottles of wine than it is to run out!

Sediment is a natural part of the wine-making process. Red wine contains small particulate matter, or tiny pieces of color pigment from the grape skins that combine with tannins forming larger, heavier molecules. When the wine has been resting in the bottle for many months these tiny bits that were once suspended in the liquid of the wine will precipitate, or clump together, becoming larger, heavier sediment. This sediment will often form on the bottom or on the side of the bottle the wine had been resting on. While it may look strange, or even unappealing, it is completely natural and can easily be filtered out using a strainer or screen when pouring, or by decanting the wine. Another option is to leave a small amount of wine in the bottle, about two inches or so from the bottom, to avoid serving the sediment to guests.

A five ounce glass of our white wines, like Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, will have approximately 100 calories. Our red wines will contain around 108-110 calories per five ounce glass.

We do not use egg whites to fine or filter our wines, so all Fat bastard wines are vegetarian and vegan friendly.

The FAT bastard wines are produced by the Gabriel Meffre winery, in Gigondas (Vaucluse). Please contact our Sommelier, in charge of our Tasting Cellar by phone at +33 (0)4 90 12 30 21 or by email at He will be pleased to inform and welcome you !

Fat bastard wines are crafted in a “drink-now” style, which means, “why wait!”. Enjoy your Fat bastard wine selection (or gift) while it is still displaying the rich, ripe and fresh-fruit flavors our winemaker intended!

However, if you posses the self control to wait here are our guidelines:


Approximate time from October of vintage date

Sauvignon Blanc

1 year


1 year


2 years

Chenin blanc

2 years


3 years


4 years


4 years

Cabernet Sauvignon

4 years

Pinot Noir

4 years

Sparkling wines

1 year

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