Contributor Profile

Xavyer Burroughs, Sommelier at The Goat

Born and raised in eastern North Carolina, Xavyer began working at the impressionable age of 15 as a dishwasher at On the Square Restaurant in Tarboro. Working with husband and wife team Stephen and Inez Ribustello, he developed a passion for food and wine and worked his way through every position in the kitchen and floor, lastly in the wine cellar selling, serving and studying wine. After passing his Certified Sommelier Course with the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2012, Xavyer joined Fearrington at The Goat. Check out his blog!

Wine for Holiday Meals

Hearty holiday meals call for a hearty holiday wines. If roasts, stews, and potatoes come your way this season, enjoy them with a glass of Mas de Daumas Gassac Rouge or Les Vins de Vienne Saint-Joseph. These two wines are amazingly balanced with aromatics, flavors, structure, and alcohol all singing together harmoniously without one overpowering the other. These wines are ideal with heavier, full flavored dishes, and are guaranteed to have your guests showing up at your house for dinner... Full Post >

Wine for the Holiday Hostess

The Setup You got invited to a get together, you want to bring wine, but you have no clue what anybody's preferences are. The Solution Think blends. Wines made from a blend of varieties will inherently tempt a wider spectrum of tastes and offer what will typically be a more complex, balanced wine. For white wine, we have this unthinkably delicious blend from the Napa Valley in ODISEA's Veritable Quandary that returns a glass full of tropical citrus, star fruit, kiwi, a river... Full Post >

Cheers to Thanksgiving

Turkey season is upon us once again, and for those of us who would rather not slave away in the hot kitchen making a dish to bring to the family dinner this year, the gift of wine seems much more appropriate!  Very little is more appropriate than Beaujolais Nouveau for Thanksgiving, as it is an extremely fresh wine whose flavors and structure (body, acidity, alcohol, etc.) make a perfect match for turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and the like.  Pick up a bottle of JOSEPH... Full Post >

September: Chic Wines of the Loire Valley!

Greetings fellow wine enthusiasts!  Each month here at Fearrington we will be featuring wines of a specific place or type throughout all three of the restaurants here in The Village.  At The Goat, all of the wine that we have by the glass will be from that particular month's focus. For the month of September, we'll welcome Autumn with wines of the Loire Valley! DOMAINE BRANGER - "Terroir les Gras Moutons" | $7/gls Branger's top tier Muscadet-Sevre-et-Maine is light-medium... Full Post >

What our Somms are Sipping!

Have you ever been a little curious about what the Sommeliers here at Fearrington like to drink once the rigors of a day's work have passed?  Here are a few bottles that Max, Kevin, and Xavyer have enjoyed recently, all of which can be found and purchased at The Goat! MAXIMLIAN KAST, Fearrington Wine Director DR. KONSTANTIN FRANK, Grüner Veltliner, 2011 ...I should start this off by mentioning I probably consume about a third of Austria's Grüner Veltliner production...no, but seriously... Full Post >

August: Renegade American Wine!

Greetings fellow wine enthusiasts!  Each month here at Fearrington we will be featuring wines of a specific place or type throughout all three of the restaurants here in The Village.  At The Goat, all of the wine that we have by the glass will be from that particular month's focus. For the month of August, the American wine rebellion has taken hold! BANYAN - Gewürztraminer l $6/gls This light-medium bodied white is very soft and appeasing, with white peach flesh and honeydew sans... Full Post >

July: The Summer of Riesling!

Greetings fellow wine enthusiasts!  Each month here at Fearrington we will be featuring wines of a specific place or type throughout all three of the restaurants here in The Village.  At The Goat, all of the wine that we have by the glass will be from that particular month's focus. For the month of July, everything by the glass is Riesling! LOOSEN BROS. - "Dr. L" l $6/gls This is an entry level, off-dry (sweeter), Riesling with loads of juicy apricot, tangerine, and mouthwatering... Full Post >

Fearrington Spring Belgian Dubbel Brown Ale!

With the increasingly warmer weather must come increasingly more delicious beer!  The seasonal beer that we germinated in conjunction with our buds over at Fullsteam Brewery in Durham (notice the Spring references there, witty right!) is brewed in Belgian style with coriander, turmeric, and lemongrass grown here in our herb garden.  If you'd like to share this treat with your friends and family, we have our Spring beer available on tap at The  Fearrington House, The Granary, and our beer... Full Post >

June: The Wines of Greece!

Greetings fellow wine enthusiasts!  Each month here at Fearrington we will be featuring wines of a specific place or type throughout all three of the restaurants here in The Village.  At The Goat, all of the wine that we have by the glass will be from that particular month's focus. For the month of June, everything by the glass will be from Greece! THYMIOPOULOUS VINEYARDS - "Boarding Pass" l $7/gls Crisp, floral, and light on its feet, this perfect warm weather white is sure to... Full Post >

May: Rosé and Sparkling Wines!

Greetings fellow wine enthusiasts!  Each month here at Fearrington we will be featuring the wines of a specific place or type, throughout all three of the restaurants here in The Village.  At The Goat, all of the wine that we have by the glass will be from that particular month's focus. For the month of May everything by the glass will be either pink, bubbly or both! CASCINETTA VIETTI - Moscato d'Asti l $6/gls This is bubbly made using the Charmat process, think Prosecco,... Full Post >