Virginia Wine Summit 2014

I recently returned from the Virginia Wine Summit in Richmond, and yep, I am pretty excited about the wine. It’s not just local, it’s really good. The Summit is a well organized event promoting Virginia, its wines, and its wine regions. For the event, I was asked to participate on a panel discussion about "Dark Horse" grape varieties. The opportunity was exciting because it deals with one of the most important issues in the American wine industry today: the necessity to move beyond... Full Post >

TerraVita — Here Comes Fearrington!

TerraVita will be here before you know it! We are thrilled to annouce that both The Fearrington House's Executive Chef Colin Bedford and Wine Director Maximilian Kast will be making an appearance. You won't want to miss Chef Bedford cooking up Smoked Shortrib with Sunchoke, Ginger, Brown Sugar Espuma & Sherry or Wine Director Kast's "Creamy Cheese & Wine Meltdown" with his brother and cheesemonger extraordinaire Alexander Kast from Goat Lady Dairy! Get your ticket and we'll see... 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 >

Being Creative with Fullsteam

Food, beer, wine, restaurants, service, music, painting, sculpting -- what do all of these have in common? Creativity and imagination! Some are individualistic expressions and some are joint, or better, collaborative expressions. The teamwork and creativity that goes into restaurants is something that when working well, should go unnoticed, it should feel natural. In our second year collaborating with Sean Lilly Wilson and Fullsteam Brewery I feel that natural mutual creative energy in... Full Post >

A Visit To Peter Michael Winery

In honor of our upcoming wine dinner with Paul Michael of the Peter Michael Winery -- I wanted to share my experiences with their amazing vineyard and wine. This past spring I had the honor to visit the Peter Michael Winery in Sonoma, California as part of their Sommelier Summit, an annual event they host. The Fearrington House has participated in the Peter Michael Foundation's charity dinners in years past,  and I have had the opportunity to become very familiar with their wines. Their... 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 >

South African Winemakers Visit Fearrington

On September 18th, South African winemakers Eben Sadie and Adi Badenhorst will visit us for a four-course dinner at the Garden Terrace. Not only are these two winemakers distinguished, and altering the state of wine in South Africa, they also love what they do -- and you can tell once you sip a glass of their wine. I was lucky enough to spend a day with Adi last year. He is an amazingly passionate guy, a passion that is infectious, and that passion shows in his wines. Eben's wines are... 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 >

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... 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 >