A Bubbly, Pink May in The Village

As we get into late spring, there is nothing more refreshing to sip on than a great rosé or sparkling wine. We will be featuring rosés and bubblies from Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, the United States and...well, all over the world this May. These wines are perfect for an every day glass, and also great for celebrating special events that happen during this time of year. Join us at The Granary, The Fearrington House, The Goat and Roost and sip to your hearts delight. Full Post >

April: The Wines of Southern Italy!

Greetings fellow wine enthusiasts!  Each month here at Fearrington we will be featuring the wines of a specific place, 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 April everything by the glass will be of Southern Italian origin! CANTINA DEL TABURNO - Falanghina Spumante...........$8/gls This is bubbly made using the Charmat process, think... Full Post >

Celebrate April with the Wines of Southern Italy and the Craft Beers of North Carolina

Did you know we are featuring a new wine region throughout the Village Center each month? Read about what we did in March! April, one of my favorite times to live in North Carolina, brings with it the promise of renewal and regeneration after a long winter.  With its flowers and buds it brings back memories of times past while refocusing us on the freshness and excitement of the future. It is a time to explore new things, and in our opinion, to explore new things to drink. So, in honor of... Full Post >

March: The Wines of Spain!

Greetings fellow wine enthusiasts!  Each month here at Fearrington we will be featuring the wines of a specific place, 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 March everything by the glass will be of Spanish origin! PARES BALTA - Brut Cava...............................$7/gls This refreshing, sparkling white is a must for anyone's... Full Post >

Wines of Rioja

Rioja, the most recognizable and famous wine region in Spain, is the focus of March's wine class at The Granary on Thursday, March 6th. We will be taking a look at the region's history from the middle ages, to the first "modern period" when the influence of the Bordelais changed the regions course in the mid-19th century, to the second "modern period" in the late twentith Century when Rioja delved into a more international style, creating a divide between classical and modern producers. We... Full Post >

Wine for your Valentine!

It’s always nice to give a Valentine’s Day gift you can both enjoy!  Sant’ Evasio’s Brachetto D’Acqui is a pleasantly sweet sparkling red wine, made similarly to Moscato d’Asti.  In the glass, soft red flowers, muddled cherries, and raspberry liqueur are prominent on the nose and palate, with a few gentle bubbles dancing around in the background.  This will be perfect with all of those dark chocolate treats you are going to be feeding each other! ... Full Post >

The Best Job…

Like Paula and Max, I am passionate about wine, and revel in any experience that satisfies my never ending curiosity about the stuff.  Unlike so many other professions, such as engineering or programming, where there is some separation between product and customer, sommeliers get tons of interaction with guests!  Nothing affirms ones sense of purpose in the world like seeing faces light up after tasting something they otherwise would have never touched, or discovering how perfectly paired the... Full Post >

I only drink champagne when I…

I only drink champagne when I’m happy, and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I am not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty. - Lily Bollinger My name is Paula De Pano, and I am addicted to bubbles. Prosecco, Cava, Sekt, Sparkling Wine, Franciacorta, Cap Classique, and especially Champagne – as a certified bubblehead, I love them all the... Full Post >

Why I love my job…

To start with, The Fearrington House Restaurant team has an amazing dynamic. Without that kind of camaraderie and support, it’s quite hard to make things happen properly in a fine-dining environment. There is also great work-life balance. Over the years, the experiences that I’ve gained while working the floor helped me in achieving my Advanced Sommelier certification. Aside from that, it’s fun to have access to a lot of wines that I would normally not be able to experience and share... Full Post >

The Art of Blind Tasting

I get it. I really do. I understand why it may seem impressive or look like a magic trick to people who get to see someone who can pinpoint a wine’s provenance just by looking, sniffing, tasting and spitting out a wine. Out of the thousands of different grapes in the world, a gifted wine taster can tell you what grape a wine is made of, where it’s from, which vintage it came from, and if it is worth its salt to have that price attached to it in a wine list. I remember my jaw dropping... Full Post >