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!

Castello di Verduno, The Noble Star of Barolo

Often, as in more times per day than I can actually remember, I am asked the question "What is your favorite wine?" This is a great question and one that for most of my time as a sommelier I have answered by just stating my favorite regions (which is of course a perfectly good answer).  However, as I have grown and traveled and met amazing people in the wine world, some wines and wineries have gained a very special place in my heart.  Castello di Verduno, in the small town of that same name... Full Post >

Meet Xavyer Burroughs, Sommelier at The Goat

One of the most exciting things about introducing the new Goat (now a deli, coffee shop and wine bar), is that we have had the pleasure of welcoming Xavyer Burroughs to the Fearrington Team.  Xavyer has worked and studied under Inez Ribustello at her and her husband Steven's fantastic Tarboro restaurant, On the Square. Risbustello is the former Wine Director for Windows on the World in New York and American Sommelier Society's third place winner for "Best Sommelier in the United States" in... Full Post >

Max’s Wine of the Moment: 7 Fuentes

Recently I have been obsessed with Island wines, that is wines grown on Islands, and some of my favorites come from the Canary Islands. The 7 Fuentes is a blend of Listagn Negro 90% and Tintilla 10% from vines which age up to 100 years old. It is aged in mostly cement vats to allow the pure aromatics of the fruit to express itself, with 10 % being aged in French Oak Barrels to add some roundness to the wines. This wine has aromas of dark berry fruit, dark plum, leather,... Full Post >

Hurry to the Granary for A Gregarious Beer

We are super excited to be offering the Stift Engelszell, Gregorius, Trappist Ale.  It is the 8th official Trappist Brewery in the world, becoming part of the organization last year.  It is the first Trappist Brewery in Austria and only the second outside of Belgium.  We only get one 20 L keg, they are the lowest of the eight breweries as far as production is concerned, with a total of 2,000 HL a year.  Hurry down to The Fearrington Granary and enjoy! - Maximilian Kast, Wine Director Full Post >

Wine For Your Valentine

Bernard et Marjorie Rondeau, Bugey-Cerdon, France, MV From the border area of France and Switzerland comes this characterful and delicious rose bubbly. It is made similar to Moscato d’Asti or Clairette de Die, but this wine is made with 100% Gamay. This the perfect Valentine’s wine -- refreshing, bubbly, slightly sweet, and yes pink. It is a perfect partner for Chocolates of all sorts, great with Panna Cotta and raspberries, and if you are in the mood for some savoury food I would try... Full Post >

Trappist Brewery Class

I’m counting down to the upcoming beer class at The Fearrington Granary on February 8th. Not only am I a big fan of these beers, but I find it interesting how their history relates to the history of wine. What brings them together? Monks. In particular, the quality minded medieval Cistercian monks who were the geniuses of quality alcoholic beverages in Europe. In 1098 their reform movement started at the Abbey of Citeaux, southeast of Dijon, where they went on to carve out and map out the... Full Post >