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February 2017
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The Many Faces of Rioja Wine Class

Thursday, February 2   |   6:00 pm   |   $40
The Fearrington Granary
KKP_8387

Explore Spain’s premier wine region, one of the country’s two declared Denominacion de Origen Calificada, and taste some of its benchmark wine producers. Tempranillo is a moldable grape that lends itself well to a winemaker’s vision, as Beverage Director Paula de Pano learned from some of Rioja’s winemakers on her last trip to Spain. Taste for the consistently high quality of this wine for yourself – without breaking the bank! $40 includes wine, cheese plate, service fee and tax. Reserve at 919.542.2121.

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Central Coast Pinot Noir Wine Class

Thursday, February 9   |   6:00 pm   |   $45
The Fearrington Granary
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Who doesn’t love a good Pinot Noir? A food-friendly, upfront fruit, with lively acidity that makes you reach for another pour of wine. California wines that have been shying away from the higher alcohol styles recently, are barreling their way into drinkers’ hearts and finding their footing as alternatives to Burgundy – without having to wait for the wines to mature. $45 includes wine, cheese plate, service fee and tax. Reserve at 919.542.2121.

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March 2017
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Wines of Galicia Wine Class

Thursday, March 2   |   6:00 pm   |   $40
The Fearrington Granary
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Galician wines conjure up images of rolling greenery and cold ocean air. It manifests in the herbal, minerally tones of the red wines made from Mencia, Brancellao, and Caino Tinto, and in the salty, floral aromatics of its whites made from Albarino, Godello, and Treixadura. Learn about the magnificent topography and geographic feature of this remote growing region of Spain, and find out why they’re some of the best values in the market today. $40 per person, including wine, cheese plate, service…

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Albert Bichot Wine Dinner

Thursday, March 9   |   6:30 pm   |   $125
The Fearrington House,
2000 Fearrington Village Center
Pittsboro, 27312
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Maison Albert Bichot is considered one of the finest landowners and producers of Burgundy. The family’s holdings span all over the region from Chablis to the Cote Chalonnais – from Grand Cru to village level wines – , situating itself at the heart of Beaune. This Burgundy house combines history, tradition, quality, and one aspect that not many domains can boast of – value. From its start as a merchant house in 1831, the family-owned business showcases each region by…

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Wines of Sicily Wine Class

Thursday, March 23   |   6:00 pm   |   $40
The Fearrington Granary
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A region that has so much culture and history intertwined with its vineyards, Sicily was long thought of as yet another bulk wine region of Italy – until recently. With the advent of dedicated winemakers that have elevated the quality of wines coming from this Mediterranean island, indigenous grapes like Nero d’Avola, Frappato, Catarratto, and Zibibbo have made a strong comeback as alternatives to more well-known Italian varietals and regions. $40 per person, including wine, cheese plate, service fee and tax. Reserve…

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April 2017
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New California Wine Class

Thursday, April 6   |   6:00 pm   |   $45
The Fearrington Granary
KKP_8387

What is Californian wine? Are we over Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir from California? Is California the benchmark of American wine? What is this new wave of renaissance winemakers who are trying to scale back on alcohol levels and ripeness, while emphasizing grape quality and acid levels? Why do nearly all California wines taste the same these days? These are some questions that will be answered while sipping on the old and new styles of these ubiquitous California wines. $45 includes wine…

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May 2017
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Jura & Savoie Wine Class

Thursday, May 4   |   6:00 pm   |   $40
The Fearrington Granary
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Why are sommeliers going crazy for these particular regions? Why are most wines from this region smell weird and funky, and nothing like the usual wines from the rest of France? The Jura and Savoie border Switzerland and share similar geographical features that contribute to winemaking styles and Alpine flavor profiles. It’s not a region that attempts to seduce a large market, but there is beauty in the unfamiliar with these wines. Find out what a clavelin is and how flor…

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Alsacian Riesling Wine Class

Thursday, May 25   |   6:00 pm   |   $50
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Many are familiar with Riesling as a sweet, light wine perfect for sipping during the summer time. It’s easy, uncomplicated, and perfectly thirst-quenching. But what if a glass of Riesling in front of you was heftier in texture, powerful in style, with a ripping acidity and a drier flavor profile? This is not your typical QbA German Riesling; powerful, textural Rieslings come from Alsace – one of Beverage Director Paula de Pano’s favorite wine regions in the world. Discover how age-worthy…

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June 2017
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Exploring Sherry Wine Class

Thursday, June 1   |   6:00 pm   |   $45
The Fearrington Granary
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We’ve all known it as the drink of choice for our older relatives – Tio Pepe’s Fino, chilled and uncomplicated. These past couple of years, sherry has made such a wonderful comeback, showing savvy drinkers that sherry isn’t past its prime. Olorosos with its wonderful heady nutty aromatics, to a Manzanilla’s apple, almond flavors perfect for sipping alone or for mixing that perfect “welcome, summer” cocktail. How does this fortified wine get such complex flavors? How it is made? Join…

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Lees, Malo, and Oak Wine Class

Thursday, June 15   |   6:00 pm   |   $40
The Fearrington Granary
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What am I smelling? Why does it smell like bread dough? Buttered Popcorn? Crème Fraiche? Nutmeg and Cedar Shavings? Where are those aromatics come from and why do they manifest a lot stronger with certain wines? The science behind wine flavors and smells can be intimidating, but there are telltale aspects of how a particular wine is made. What do these particular treatments to wine contribute to the overall wine? Aside from the wines for the class, enjoy smelling and…

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