Fall Wines by the Glass

The Fearrington House Restaurant kitchens are busy preparing for the season with an abundance of delicious fall flavors. With a new menu and fresh flavors, our wine team is offering fall wines by the glass at The Fearrington House Restaurant. See more about these selections below.

One of the oldest producers of Prosecco in the country, Nino Franco from Veneto, Italy produces his Rustico bottling that is fruity, flowery, with notes of yellow pear and a dusty minerality. This glass is perfect as an apertif before heading in the dining room for dinner.

The second selection is a collaboration between Aldo Sohm, the longtime Wine Director of Three Michelin Starred New York Restaurant, Le Bernardin and Gerhard Kracher, winemaker from Burgenland, Austria. They love Grüner Veltliner and have been making delicious expressive, organic wines from Weinviertel, Austria. Their 2015 Sohm & Kracher “The Lion,” wine is very dry with a lively acidity. Our wine team suggests pairing it with the Salt Baked Celery Root with Roasted Pear & Tarragon or Scallop with Milk Poached Salsify, & Acorn Flour.

Another dry, citrusy alternative to the Grüner Veltliner is a Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, in the Loire Valley in France by Pascal and Nicolas Reverdy. The grapes come from a single hillside pot of 50 year old vines on chalky soils that give this wine a very distinct mineral quality. It is best paired with both the Scallop Ceviche with Sweet & Sour Tomatoes & Crispy Tapioca and the Scallop with Milk Poached Salsify, & Acorn Flour. It would be also be a classic pairing with the Halibut with Confit Red Pepper & Savory Chicken Cream and Milk Poached Grouper with Hearts of Palm, Tomatillo & Citrus.

As the warmer months start to abate, we are moving towards fuller bodied styles of Pinot Grigio. This new wine by the glass offering is by Venica and Venica This wine is made from vines planted in the most famous site for Pinot Grigio – Collio, in Italy. Venica and Venica’s Jesera (which means “Little Lake” in Slovenian), tastes like ripe Bartlett pears, bananas, and quince flesh and would pair best with the Silver Queen Corn with Brown Butter & Roasted PeachesGrilled Octopus with Scallop Tartare & Roasted Cauliflower and Crispy Potato with Leek, Crème Fraîche & Mustard.

For white Bugundy-lovers, we have the Francois Carillon, Bourgogne Blanc 2014, made from Chardonnay. Francois is the son of legendary Burgundy winemaker, Louis Carillon, who is now on his 6th vintage making wine under his own label. It has notes of lime, green melon, and green apple peel with nutty and vanilla biscuit undertones. Pairs best with the Grouper, Silver Queen Corn, and both Scallop dishes.

In a collaboration between Master Sommelier Sarah Floyd and the Pisoni Family Vineyards, the Luli Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands in California is a classic expression of a fruit-forward California Pinot Noir. This by the glass offering has lots of juicy, soft red berry fruit such as plum, cherry and strawberry, with sweet tea undertones. The Luli is best paired with the Smoked Duck with Blackberries, Port & Orange and the Glazed Pheasant with Fearrington Honey & Butter Braised Onions.

Our new Malbec by the glass is by Familia Durigutti, known for their very classic expression of this grape from Argentina that most are familiar with – plush with supple tannins and bold in flavors dominated by dark red fruit tones. It shows some Morello cherries, crème de cassis, and leathery aromatics on the nose. We are pouring their 2011 Reserva bottling that is aged in 100% in French oak, 30% of it is new, which gives the wine some vanilla and cedar tones. This pairs best with the Quail with Peaches, Buttered Chanterelles & Charred Corn and Beef Short Rib with Fearrington Mustard Greens & Pomegranate.

California Cabernet Sauvignon is perhaps one of those wines that many also gravitates toward during the colder season. The Ultraviolet Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley is full of dark black fruits – ripe black currants, blackberry compote, bitter cocoa, and dark plums, with some tobacco and graphite undertones. This rich, smooth wine would pair best with our Beef Short Rib dish.

The final selection is a 2015 Monier-Perreol Syrah from Rhone Valley, France. This special wine is not offered by the glass anywhere else in North Carolina. With notes of dried black fruit, smoked meat, leather, iodine, dried herbs and cracked black pepper, this wine is especially savory in character. Our wine team suggests pairing with the Quail or the Beef Short Rib.

Book your dinner reservation now, and keep an eye out for three more by the glass selections to be added in the next few weeks!

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