The Wine of the Alps

Today, July 24th we will be hosting Trey Stephenson from Neal Rosenthal Imports (Mad Rose) for a dinner focused on the wines of Switzerland and the Valle d’Aosta of Italy. This will be a dinner featuring wines that rarely make it to North Carolina, wines so good that barely 2% of them are exported, the rest consumed by the in-the-know locals. Even more enticing are the grape varieties of Switzerland and the Valle d’Aosta, grapes like Petite Arvine, Amigne, Cornalin, and Humagne Rouge, grapes that grow almost nowhere else on earth and produce wines of such character and quality that one can only assume that they are made by elves in the Alpen highlands. If you are looking for something new in your repertoire of vinous enjoyment, you need look no further, for individuality in expression is the calling card of these wines, and in true Swiss fashion the quality is supreme.

There are only 15, 000 hectares (approximatley 37,065.8 acres) of vineyards in Switzerland, and they lie on steep, hard to work slopes, rising high into the alps. The same is true across the border in the Valle d’Aosta in Italy, where the vineyards are often in the shade of Mount Blanc. There is evidence that wine has been made in these valleys since the Roman times, with some of the earliest evidence of wine-making coming from 150 BC. This land is truly one of the most over-looked areas for fine wine, and one with as rich a history as any other in Europe. This dinner will offer wines of soul and spirit that reflect this history, and will make us reevaluate our perception of wine and its limits.

In the Valais over-looking some of the Cave Caloz parcels. The pictures are courtesy of my friend Liz Dowty, who was visiting Switzerland last month.

The wine we will be enjoying:

Cave Caloz, Petite Arvine, La Mourziere, Valais AOC, Switzerland, 2012

Gros Jean, Petite Arvine, Vigne Rovettaz, Valle d’Aosta, Italy, 2012

Serge Roh, Amigne de Vetroz, Demi-sec, Grand Cru, Switzerland, 2010

Cave Caloz, Cornalin, Les Bernunes, Valais AOC, Switzerland, 2012

The dinner will be a three course affair, with a short reception to begin with starting at 5:30 at The Fearrington Granary. Chef Colin has put together an AMAZING menu to enhance the wines.

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Fearrington's Farmer's Market is stocked with a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables this week! A few crowd favorites include: Basil Bell Peppers Blueberries Blackberries Peaches Cantaloupe Eggplant Garlic (incl. elephant garlic) Kale Spearmint Summer Squash Tomatoes (greenhouse, field grown and garden grown) And the list goes on! We'll see you there at 4pm! Full Post >

Haven’s New Look

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Jessica & Ben

Jessica and Ben tied the knot on May 18th, 2014. They held their ceremony at Fearrington's Crab Apple Trees and celebrated their "I dos" in The Garden Terrace! How did y'all meet? Ben and I met as undergraduates at Duke University. We had attended a speaking event and struck up a conversation on the way back to campus. I was interested in Ben right away, but he was probably more interested in the substance of our conversation at the time. We decided to meet again to talk; our talks... Full Post >

Fearrington-Fullsteam Summer Beer

So with the coming of each season, we at Fearrington get excited to release the newest collaboration with Fullsteam Brewery.  This week we are releasing our Fearrington-Fullsteam Summer Beer, and it is: An American Berliner Weisse steeped with local Elderflower for lifted aromatics. If you recall from last Fall's beer, a Berliner Weisse was the traditional sour ale of Prussia, made with a wheat and barley base with a lower hop inclusion, it was referred to as the "Champagne of the... Full Post >

Rainy Days?

Starting in late June, and continuing all through the summer, the various species of Rain Lilies have begun their show in the Gardens at Fearrington. Whether Zephyranthes, Habranthes, or Cooperii, the rain lilies are all bulbous plants and part of the Amaryllis family. Tough, drought tolerant, and deer-proof, these beauties come in colors ranging from white to yellow, to brightest pink -- such as this clump located across from McIntyre's Books front entrance. The Gardeners have been adding... Full Post >