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 >

California, On My Terms.

This past May I took one of my bi-annual trips to California.  I love California -- the wine, food, natural beauty and diverse culture is an ever-beckoning call to visit. As a Sommelier I am fortunate enough to have visited many times, and have gotten to know Sonoma and Napa Valley in a very in-depth way.  However, all of the trips I have taken in the past were group oriented, and everything needed to be on a tight schedule, and, most importantly, I had no choice over which wineries I... Full Post >

July: The Summer of Riesling!

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 July, everything by the glass is Riesling! LOOSEN BROS. - "Dr. L" l $6/gls This is an entry level, off-dry (sweeter), Riesling with loads of juicy apricot, tangerine, and mouthwatering... Full Post >

Summer of Riesling and the Taste Makers

Starting on June 21st you will notice that, all of a sudden, a number of restaurants around the country have been transformed into temples of Riesling worship.  Perhaps, you will look at their wines by the glass and you will find it odd that they are offering three or four, or maybe ONLY Riesling for their white wine selections.  Some of you will say, 'I hate Riesling, it's so sweet,' others will say 'Riesling is not a serious wine,' or 'Why do you have so much Riesling by the glass?,' and... Full Post >

Fearrington Spring Belgian Dubbel Brown Ale!

With the increasingly warmer weather must come increasingly more delicious beer!  The seasonal beer that we germinated in conjunction with our buds over at Fullsteam Brewery in Durham (notice the Spring references there, witty right!) is brewed in Belgian style with coriander, turmeric, and lemongrass grown here in our herb garden.  If you'd like to share this treat with your friends and family, we have our Spring beer available on tap at The  Fearrington House, The Granary, and our beer... Full Post >

June: The Wines of Greece!

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 June, everything by the glass will be from Greece! THYMIOPOULOUS VINEYARDS - "Boarding Pass" l $7/gls Crisp, floral, and light on its feet, this perfect warm weather white is sure to... Full Post >

Greek Wines for June

Part of our inspiration for the Village's monthly wine themes is to bring attention to wines that don't get the attention they deserve.  With each month we provide information, fun anecdotes, and lots of opportunities to taste great wines from all over the world, and in June, we are very excited to feature the wines of one of the oldest European winemaking cultures, the wines of Greece. Wine has been produced in Greece for over 4,000 years, and was such an integral part of ancient Greek... Full Post >