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 of the Week [October 17th - October 23rd]

Greetings fellow wine enthusiasts!  Regardless of the degree to which you identify with the term, whether you like to enjoy a glass every now and then, or, like me, have a "Situation Room" where a team of minions walk busily around multi-monitor virtual maps displaying every wine tasting's location and occurrence around the world updated in real time, we here at The Goat would like to foster your love for the drink by offering wine every week that we will showcase here in the blog, and have... Full Post >

Wine of the Week [October 10th - October 16th]

Greetings fellow wine enthusiasts!  Regardless of the degree to which you identify with the term, whether you like to enjoy a glass every now and then, or, like me, make your own vintage divining tarot card set using images from old wine labels, we here at The Goat would like to foster your love for the drink by offering wine every week that we will showcase here in the blog, and have available for tasting on Fridays from 6~7 p.m. Good, inexpensive wine.  As much as some people cringe... Full Post >

Wine of the Week [October 3rd - October 9th]

Greetings fellow wine enthusiasts!  Regardless of the degree to which you identify with the term, whether you like to enjoy a glass every now and then, or, like me, both blind taste and blind serve...to blind people...while being blindfolded...watching "The Blind Side," we here at The Goat would like to foster your love for the drink by offering wine every week that we will showcase here in the blog, and have available for tasting on Fridays from 6~7 p.m. Galicia, in the northwestern corner... Full Post >

Wine of the Week [September 26th - October 2nd]

Greetings fellow wine enthusiasts!  Regardless of the degree to which you identify with the term, whether you like to enjoy a glass every now and then, or, like me, spend way too much time thinking up corny wine jokes (What's a horse's favorite grape?.... Chardo-Neighhh!!), we here at The Goat would like to foster your love for the drink by offering wine every week that we will showcase here in the blog, and have available for tasting on Fridays from 6~7 p.m. Bordeaux.  The very mention of... Full Post >

Wine of the Week [September 19th - September 25th]

Greetings fellow wine enthusiasts!  Regardless of the degree to which you identify with the term, whether you like to enjoy a glass every now and then, or, like me, grow a freckle whenever someone says they hate Riesling (Blasphemy!), we here at The Goat would like to foster your love for the drink by offering wine every week that we will showcase here in the blog, and have available for tasting on Fridays from 6~7 p.m. Ah, there is a nip in the morning air as of late. The cooler... Full Post >

Wine of the Week [September 12 - September 18]

Greetings fellow wine enthusiasts!  Regardless of the degree to which you identify with the term, whether you like to enjoy a glass every now and then, or, like me, force house guests to perform a timed, oral blind tasting of any wine served and refuse to entertain any who cannot correctly identify the variety and the vintage within +/-1 year, we here at The Goat would like to foster your love for the drink by offering wine every week that we will showcase here in the blog, and have available... Full Post >

Wine of the Week [September 5 - September 11]

Greetings fellow wine enthusiasts!  Regardless of the degree to which you identify with the term, whether you like to enjoy a glass every now and then, or, like me, muse on the complexities of wine service in outer space, we here at The Goat would like to foster your love for the drink by offering wine every week that we will showcase here in the blog, and have available for tasting on Fridays from 6~7 p.m. Austria is once again the geographical commonality of the wines for this week, with... Full Post >

Wine of the Week [August 29 - September 4]

Greetings fellow wine enthusiasts!  Regardless of the degree to which you identify with the term, whether you like to enjoy a glass every now and then, or, like me, inspect all wine glasses for visual symmetry before purchasing, we here at The Goat would like to foster your love for the drink by offering wine every week that we will showcase here in the blog, and have available for tasting on Fridays from 6~7 p.m. The Loire Valley plays host for both of the wines for this week, specifically... Full Post >

Wine of the Week [August 22 - August 28]

Greetings fellow wine enthusiasts!  Regardless of the degree to which you identify with the term, whether you like to enjoy a glass every now and then, or, like me, keep Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia on the bathroom sink for a little "light reading," we here at The Goat would like to foster your love for the drink by offering wine every week that we will showcase here in the blog, and have available for tasting on Fridays from 6~7 p.m. Grenache is the name of the game this week, but before... Full Post >

Wine of the Week [August 15 - August 21]

Greetings fellow wine enthusiasts!  Regardless of the degree to which you identify with the term, whether you like to enjoy a glass every now and then, or, like me, approach the removal of the cork from an old bottle of wine like a surgical event (full scrubs, sterilized Ah so, Tessier periosteal elevator...) we here at The Goat would like to foster your love for the drink by offering wine every week that we will showcase here in the blog, and have available for tasting on Fridays from 6~7... Full Post >