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 >

Affordable Luxury with New Wines by the Glass this Fall

It is that time of the year again when the cooler air of the fall season descends upon us here at The Fearrington House. One by one, we exchange the crisp and refreshing white wines of summer for the richly textured red wines more suitable for the cooler months. This year, Max and I are delighted to be able to offer our guests some iconic wines that are rarely seen on any restaurants’ wines by the glass offerings -– Guido Porro’s Vigna Lazzairasco Barolo, and Angelo Gaja’s highly... Full Post >

Fall Time Beer

After much success with our summer collaboration with Sean Lilly Wilson and Chris Davis of Fullsteam Brewery, last week we released the Fearrington Fall Beer at a release dinner on our Garden Terrace.  We also had the release of the great art work that Win Crannell from Georgia created for the Fullsteam Fearrington Beer series label, an oak tree in each season.  Thanks to Sean at Fullsteam we will be featuring the art work at the entrance of The Fearrington Granary.  Each season as we... Full Post >

Mas de Daumas Gassac Wine Dinner

Mas de Daumas Gassac is not your everyday wine. You will not see it at your local grocery store, you will not easily find its scores in your favorite wine magazine, and you might just have a hard time placing it in your wine vocabulary -- yet, to taste these wines is a necessity for any wine lover. These wines represent the very essence of what makes wine great.  On September 19th we will have Vergile Rousseau, National Brand Manager for the winery, and Thomas Meunier its importer, joining us... Full Post >

Experience the Wine Pairings at The Fearrington House Restaurant

One of the best things about dining at Fearrington House are the custom wine pairings that we offer to our guests. Max and I believe that it enhances the complete dining experience – the perfectly executed cuisine complemented by the perfectly chosen wine. Most restaurants tend to list down the particular wines they will be automatically serving their guests on their menus – while that is convenient, it loses that element of adventure – of trying new things. I, personally, do not believe... Full Post >