Join Fearrington Wine Director Maximilian Kast for an exciting series of wine classes! Attendees will learn about and taste wines from all over the world, while enjoying light hors d’oeuvres made by Fearrington’s Executive Chef Colin Bedford. Featured wines will be available for sale after the events.
Savor five very special wines normally not available by the glass. Prices listed below. Call 919.542.2121 to make your reservation.
Classes start at 5 p.m. Complete your evening with optional dinner at the Granary afterwards, where you can try some of Max’s exciting international wines he selected especially for the delicious comfort menu.
Wednesday, May 8th, 2013: Wine Dinner with Jean-François Coquard of Tenuta Mazzolino
The Tenuta Mazzolino winery is located in Oltrepò Pavese (the largest wine producing area in the Lombardy region of Italy). We will be joined by winemaker Jean-François Coquard for pairings of their awesome Chardonnay, Sparkling Wine, Bonarda and Pinot Noir. The dinner will be four courses (plus amuse-bouche) paired with the wines for $95 including tax and gratuity.
Thursday, June 6th, 2013: Grower Champagne Class
Join Fearrington House Wine Director Maximilian Kast for a class on Grower Champagnes. In this class we will look at what makes a Grower Champagne producer different then the larger Negociant producers, and examine wines from one of each of the five different regions of Champagne. As we approach summer it is the perfect time to find some new bubbly that can be enjoyed with friends and family. Price is 60.00 per person, including tax and gratuity. Along with the five Champagnes, guests will be enjoying cheese plates as well.
Thursday, July 11th, 2013: The Return of the Brothers Kast
Join Fearrington House Wine Director Maximilian Kast and Goat Lady Dairy Cheesemonger Alexander Kast for a tasting of fine cheese and refreshing Loire Valley Wines. Why Loire Valley wines you ask? Because in our humble opinion the wines of the Loire Valley are some of the most natural pairings for Goat Milk Cheeses. Alexander will be aging some special cheeses for the class, one’s that are not to be missed. Since the Loire river is such a long river (the longest in France), and has such a diverse amount of grape varieties, we will have a wide variety to choose from to enjoy with the Goat Lady Dairy cheese. Sancerre and a Crotin Style cheese in July, can life get better than that? Please join us for an engaging and information filled class. Price is 60.00 per person, including tax and gratuity.
Thursday, August 8th, 2013: New World, Old World — A Comparison
Join Fearrington House Wine Director Maximilian Kast for a comparison tasting of wines from both the Old World (Europe) and the New World (well everything but Europe). Here we will look at 4 classic grapes: Sauvignon Blanc, Gruner Veltliner, Syrah, and Pinot Noir, and taste two different wines focused on these grapes. One wine will be from the most classic region in Europe that the grape is grown, the other will come from a new world growing region, we will compare and contrast the wines, see where there are similarities and where the wines differ from each other. This class will include a tasting of 8 wines and a cheese plate. Price is 60.00 per person, including tax and gratuity.
Thursday, April 4th, 2013: Demystifying The White Wines of Burgundy
Take a trip with Wine Director Maximilian Kast through the great Premier Cru vineyards of the Cote de Beaune in Burgundy. We will taste wines from some of the best white Burgundy producers from some of the more famous vineyards in the region. This will be a tasting not to be missed. $65 per person
Thursday, March 7th, 2013: Demystifying The Red Wines of Burgundy
Do you know your Premier Cru from your Grand Cru, your monopoles from your Negociant? If not don’t worry we cover that and a lot more as we take a step by step look at Burgundy, exploring, this time around just the red wines of the Cote de Nuits and Cote de Beaune. This will be a tasting of some of the best producers of the region, and a great opportunity to taste and talk about the influence of the all important Terroir. Join Maximilian Kast for a tasting of six red wines from Burgundy. $65 per person
Friday, February 8th, 2013: The Trappist Tradition, The First Growths of Beer
When people talk about the great beers of the world there is no group that anyone denies belongs on the top and that is the beers of the Belgian and Dutch Trappist breweries. The names of Achel, Chimay, Westmalle, and Orval are sacred names in the world of fine beer, and the stories behind them are a reflection of on tradition in the face of moderntiy. Join Wine Director Maximilian Kast for a tasting of six Trappist Ales, and look into the background and history of the breweries. $45 per person
Thursday, January 10th, 2013: Exploring Rioja
Join Maximilian Kast on a guided tasting through the white and red wines of Rioja. Rioja is home to some of the most complex and intriguing wines in the world, and the history of the region is as complex and interesting as the wines themselves. Here we will look at the three sub-regions of the area and taste wines from some of the best producers. This shall be a tasting not to miss. $45 per person