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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 >

The Perfect Final Touch

We asked Fearrington's Wine Director Maxmilian Kast if there was one wine he thought encompassed the holidays, and he had so many favorites he said it might take him until next Christmas to choose! He did decide on Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge Cuvée Classic. "A wine that encompasses the holidays would be Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge Cuvée Classic. It was one of the first wines I bought for Christmas in my early years as a Sommelier, and the scents and flavors of that wine from my... 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 >

Ultimate Bar Basket

Whether you're dressing your bar for the holidays or brainstorming for the perfect gift for your bar aficionado, Fearrington's shops can help! With the help of our wine, decor and book experts from throughout the Village Center, we have everything you need for the ultimate bar basket! From The Goat's wine guru Xavyer "If you need wine for the holidays, I can guide you in selecting the right bottles for the job! Contact me via email, by phone at 919.545.5717, or stop by The Goat to... Full Post >

Beer for the Holidays

We were very excited to share a favorite beer from Fearrington's Wine Director Maximilian Kast, the Corsendonk Christmas Ale! This beer is perfect for relaxing after a day of holiday shopping or to share with family over dinner. Here's what Maximilian Kast shared about this holiday delight: "Corsendonk Christmas Ale is a Belgian Dark Strong Ale made in a similar fashion as a Trappist Dubbel style. It has aromas of Prune, Raisin, Fig, and Floral notes as well, it is full-bodied and rich... Full Post >

Coravin, A Wine Lover’s Perfect Gift

Over the past few years a new technology has swept the wine world by storm. Yes, there are a lot fads in the wine world, but sometimes an invention or innovation comes along that changes that world for the long run. The Coravin is that invention for those of us who love to drink and taste wines. What is Coravin? It is the best wine preservation system that has ever been created. It allows you to go into your cellar pick that bottle of wine that you have been wanting to try, access a glass... 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 >

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 >