Meet Xavyer Burroughs, Sommelier at The Goat

One of the most exciting things about introducing the new Goat (now a deli, coffee shop and wine bar), is that we have had the pleasure of welcoming Xavyer Burroughs to the Fearrington Team.  Xavyer has worked and studied under Inez Ribustello at her and her husband Steven's fantastic Tarboro restaurant, On the Square. Risbustello is the former Wine Director for Windows on the World in New York and American Sommelier Society's third place winner for "Best Sommelier in the United States" in... Full Post >

Demystifying the Wines of Burgundy Class

In the photo from Left to Right: Lucien Muzard 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Santenay 2009, Domaine Joseph Voillot 1er Cru Les Fremiets Volnay 2009, Domaine Trapet et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 2009, Domaine Francois Lamarche 1er Cru Les Chaumes Vosne-Romanee 2009, and Frederic Magnien Vieilles Vignes Chambolle-Musigny 2010 Guests joke to us about how it must be fun to be able to taste so many wines and say they're just about to change career paths out of envy. I tell them that there's more... Full Post >

Max’s Wine of the Moment: 7 Fuentes

Recently I have been obsessed with Island wines, that is wines grown on Islands, and some of my favorites come from the Canary Islands. The 7 Fuentes is a blend of Listagn Negro 90% and Tintilla 10% from vines which age up to 100 years old. It is aged in mostly cement vats to allow the pure aromatics of the fruit to express itself, with 10 % being aged in French Oak Barrels to add some roundness to the wines. This wine has aromas of dark berry fruit, dark plum, leather,... Full Post >

Hurry to the Granary for A Gregarious Beer

We are super excited to be offering the Stift Engelszell, Gregorius, Trappist Ale.  It is the 8th official Trappist Brewery in the world, becoming part of the organization last year.  It is the first Trappist Brewery in Austria and only the second outside of Belgium.  We only get one 20 L keg, they are the lowest of the eight breweries as far as production is concerned, with a total of 2,000 HL a year.  Hurry down to The Fearrington Granary and enjoy! - Maximilian Kast, Wine Director Full Post >

Wine For Your Valentine

Bernard et Marjorie Rondeau, Bugey-Cerdon, France, MV From the border area of France and Switzerland comes this characterful and delicious rose bubbly. It is made similar to Moscato d’Asti or Clairette de Die, but this wine is made with 100% Gamay. This the perfect Valentine’s wine -- refreshing, bubbly, slightly sweet, and yes pink. It is a perfect partner for Chocolates of all sorts, great with Panna Cotta and raspberries, and if you are in the mood for some savoury food I would try... Full Post >

Trappist Brewery Class

I’m counting down to the upcoming beer class at The Fearrington Granary on February 8th. Not only am I a big fan of these beers, but I find it interesting how their history relates to the history of wine. What brings them together? Monks. In particular, the quality minded medieval Cistercian monks who were the geniuses of quality alcoholic beverages in Europe. In 1098 their reform movement started at the Abbey of Citeaux, southeast of Dijon, where they went on to carve out and map out the... Full Post >