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!

A Fresh Look, While you Look!

If you've been in The Goat recently to gander at the beautiful new pastries and gelato, you may have seen the changes that have also been going on with the beer and wine here in The Goat.  The old kraft paper shelf-talkers have been tucked away, and replaced with the snazzy new "chalkboard" style format that is easier to navigate...and read!  In addition to the tasting notes, there are also pairing options for each wine to make it easier to decide if the Viognier that you're considering will... Full Post >

A Little Wine & Wisdom for Valentine’s Day

Nothing says "I love you" like...saying..."I love you," but we all know that your special someone would prefer you speak in gifts instead of English. This is not unfortunate, as wine is a perfect gift that is as rewarding to give as it is for the both of you to enjoy! They say there is a Champagne for every occasion, and for Valentine's it's DUVAL-LEROY Brut Non-Vintage.  Sharing the bounty of chocolate treats that you ordered from The Goat is going to be all the better with a... Full Post >

Wine for the Wintertime

As I'm sure you've noticed, it's a tad chilly out. A little wine can do wonders in helping to pass the time, anxiously awaiting the chance sighting of a little wintry precipitation. I mean, if its going to be this cold, we better get some snow out of it! Here are three cool bottles that we have featured and on display here at The Goat to help warm the spirits this Winter. DOMAINE DANIEL ET ETIENNE DEFAIX | CHABLIS:  Ridiculously rich, full bodied, concentrated yellow melon,... Full Post >

Wine for New Years

New Year's Eve means bubbles, conversation, and committing to resolutions that probably won't last more than a week. While I can't help you with your yearly goals, or give you any hot topics for conversation, I can help you pick out a nice bottle of sparkling wine that might make the aforementioned tasks a little easier to bear. Everything in life goes better with Champagne, and at the Goat we've made sure that there's plenty of Duval-Leroy Brut Champagne to be had.  If your tastes are... Full Post >

Wine for “Santa”

Santa's been working hard all year, makings his lists, checking them twice, and getting patent rights issues ironed out so his elves can make the new MacBook Air in time for Christmas. All jokes aside, Santa's pretty bored with the same old milk to go with his cookies. Why not spice it up and give Santa something he'll really enjoy, wine! Vin Santo and biscotti is a pretty neat Italian combination, or ginger cookies and a late harvest Alsatian Gewurztraminer for another original flavor... Full Post >

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 >