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March 28, 2014 3:15 PM | By Our Wine Director | No Comments
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 one of my favorite months, we are going to feature two different themes for Fearrington Village in the month of April. For our wine fans we will showcase the wines of Southern Italy, from Sicily up to Campania, and from Calabria to Puglia, we will feature some of our favorite white, red and bubbles from these regions. For our beer fans, and in conjunction with North Carolina Beer Month, we will be featuring the very best of North Carolina Craft beer in all of our restaurants. For our dual beer and wine fans? This should just make you happy!
Southern Italy is one of the most ancient wine growing areas of Europe, being at its most famous during the Roman Era, and in particular during the first two centuries of the Common Era. The Falernian wines of Campania, were considered some of the best wines in the world, and fetched high prices in Mediterranean trade. It was the wine served to the Roman upper class, and was enjoyed by Julius Caesar during his celebration of the conquest of Spain.
As the Roman Empire dwindeled into the dustbin of history, so too did the renown of Southern Italian Wine. As Italy moved into unification in the latter 19th Century and Industrialization at the same time, the Southern half of the country was neglected leaving a poor rural culture with little room for economic advancment. This was the same time period that Southern Italian Immigrants came to the United States by the hundreds of thousands looking for a more promising future. As the Northern Italian towns of Milano and Turino thrived on manufacturing, Southern Italy struggled for subsistence. With this the culture of wine went towards bulk production, with quality being an after-thought.
Fast-forward to the present, and we see a much different picture. In fact, I would go as far as saying that Southern Italy is one of the most exciting places to find great wine, anywhere in the world. Not only that they are made from ancient grape varieties that are full of charachter. From the noble red Aglianico of Campania and Basilicata, to the nuanced and elegant red Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio of Sicily, modern Southern Italy proves that all that is old can be new again. As for white wines the list is long, and the possibilities endless, Fiano, Greco, Falanghina, Insolia, and Carricante just to name a few. In addition there are so many styles made, from dry white and red, to delicious sparkling wines and unique dessert wines.
Wait can you tell I am excited? and I have not even gotten to North Carolina Beer Month yet, so lets go there.
This April is North Carolina Beer Month, which we are very excited to participate in, because we believe that we are fortunate enough to live in one of the best beer states in the country. We will be offering only North Carolina beer on tap at Roost our beer garden and The Fearrington House Restaurant, and we will feature four North Carolina beers on tap at The Granary, plus offering a North Carolina Beer sampler. In addition, this coincides with the release of the Fearrington-Fullsteam Collaboration Spring Beer (no, I cannot officially reveal the details yet, but it has Belgian heritage).
In conclusion, April is going to be a great time to come and visit Fearrington Village. Enjoy some amazing wine from Southern Italy, local beer and the laid back charm of a Southern spring.
– Maximilian Kast