Contributor Profile

Maximilian Kast, Wine Director

Max joined The Fearrington House in 2007 as Sommelier, and within a year was promoted to Wine Director with responsibilities for the beverage program for the entire property. He organizes and hosts Fearrington House’s popular wine dinner series. And he also teaches popular and inexpensive wine and beer classes at The Fearrington Granary Restaurant. Read more about Max here or view his blog!

Return of the Coffee Pecan Porter

Each year, when the air begins to cool, the smell of the fireplace in the lounge at the Fearrington House permeates and mixes with the aroma of our coffee roasting. The two together really do make you feel like you are in a quaint village in Europe, and when you walk into the restaurant and through the kitchens you feel the magic that goes into creating what we do everyday in the stores and restaurants. There is one window in the restaurant that looks out to our herb garden and our ancient... Full Post >

The Taste of Fall

The latest edition of the Fearrington-Fullsteam collaboration brew has arrived! Our Fearrington Fall Apple Extra Special Bitter is on tap throughout the Village Center. This is an autumn and Southern inspired take on the traditional style of English Ale, with pressed heirloom apples from Foggy Ridge Cider in Dugspur, Virginia. With 6% ABV, strong apple tones are carried throughout with caramel and toffee notes from the malt. You'll notice just a touch of roasted malt in the finish. This... Full Post >

Cider Class with Diane Flynt

We are super excited to have Diane Flynt, cider-maker and apple farmer extraordinaire, joining us for a class at The Fearrington Granary on Thursday, September 3rd at 5:30pm. Diane is one of the best producers of dry fermented apple ciders in the United States. She makes a wide range of ciders from heirloom apple to crab apple varieties all grown on her farm in Dugspur, Virginia. Diane has become a point person for many of us in the Sommelier world for information on apple farming, cider... Full Post >

Every Glass is an Adventure, A Retreat to a New Place

We can all use a retreat from this busy world we live in. From our busy schedules and endless to-do lists, to our constant desire to stay on top of things, we often forget to sit back, relax, and remember why we work so hard. There is evidence that momentary escapes and adventures can bring a sense of calm and joy, and provide a regular equilibrium to our busy lives. For me, this retreat can often be found in a glass of wine. How, you might ask, can a glass of wine provide a momentary... Full Post >

Meet Fearrington’s Summer Beer

The Fearrington-Fullsteam summer collaboration brew is on tap throughout Fearrington Village and the Triangle. Give it a try at Roost this weekend! Style Session India Tea Ale (ITA) brewed with Lemon Peel ABV 4.75% Brewer's Notes This beer is a new twist on a traditional IPA. Made with 18% local malt this beer has the flavors and aromas of an IPA but with a toned down ABV that makes it more palatable for the hotter months. The hops have been carefully selected to pair with... Full Post >

Kanonkop Estate Wine Dinner

We live in the most exciting time to be a wine enthusiast in the history of the world. Some may say that this is a bold statement but the reality is, there has never been such high quality wine coming from so many regions all over the world. In the eighteenth century, when one mentioned world class wine there was just Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne and Rhein Riesling. Even a hundred years ago the conversation was still focused on those areas. Now the world is our oenological oyster and there are... Full Post >

Get to Know the Iberian Peninsula

Over the next few weeks we have two exciting opportunities with leading experts in the wines of the Iberian Peninsula. Wine has been made in both Portugal and Spain since Antiquity and both countries have gained numerous accolades over time. Now, however, is the most exciting time in both countries' histories, and it is imperative to explore what is new while nodding to the great wines of the past. These two events will be informative, fun, and sure to introduce you to wines you've never tried... Full Post >

Bordeaux Wine Dinner with Trey Stephenson

There are moments that I feel bad for Bordeaux. It is the region that created modern wine as we know it. It has been an inspiration to wine regions across the world, from Rioja, Barolo, Maipo Valley to the  Napa Valley, Tuscan Coast, and Coonawara. It has been keeping us curious about the nuance of vintage since the comet year of 1815, and we have been at its whims in prices since the creation of the 1855 classification. Bordeaux, no matter how you look at it, is the most important wine... Full Post >

Second Year of the Winter Coffee Pecan Porter

When the temperature drops there are a few things that become necessities: scarves, hats, mittens, wool socks and my morning cup of coffee. The way a warm cup of coffee warms me up and awakens my senses prepares me for the activities of the day. Throughout the year, Fearrington Village is enveloped in that same aroma of freshly roasted coffee. In the winter the aroma is more powerful and even more welcoming. When I sense that smell I know our coffee roaster Julian Vargas is busy at work at... Full Post >

Littorai: Above the Best, In a World of Its Own

Let's just say it, there are a lot of wineries that claim that they are the best (in their region, of all producers, of a certain grape varietal, etc). The idea of "the best" is, as I think we can all agree, largely subjective. Now, when we talk of a wine which is in and of itself completely different than anything else, I think that the classification "the best" no longer does that wine justice. How can you compare a wine so unique to others? When I speak about the wines of Ted Lemon from his... Full Post >