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“The Fearrington House has long had the reputation of impeccable wine service,” says Beverage & Service Director Paula de Pano.

“Our team combines southern charm and warmth with the polished technical service fully integrated into the experience. We believe that you cannot fully do great service without getting the basics down. We may possibly be the least intimidating wine team in the country. We’re just a couple of service professionals that love wine and want to spread the word.”

With an accessible beverage program including a wide selection to accommodate different tastes, The Fearrington House beverage program can be experienced with a cocktail or beer at the bar, or wine pairings with dinner.

What will you find?

Wine

With an extensive wine list of over 1,500 selections from every corner of the world, Fearrington’s wine program has received the ‘Best of Award of Excellence’ from The Wine Spectator every year since 2004. View the wine list and learn more about our wine program here!

Cocktails

Our cocktail program is tailored for the current menu and the season. “We collaborate with Sous Chef Zac Hackney on the seasonal items we have in-house, including honey and infusions harvested from our vegetable and herb gardens,” says Paula. “It’s great to be able to tap into our kitchen resources and make cocktails that are locally-inspired and collaborative in nature.”

Beer

Offering local beers, including our seasonal collaboration with Fullsteam Brewery, our beverage team can help guide you to the perfect brew to pair with dinner or to enjoy after work at the bar.

 

What People Are Saying

  • Best of Award of Excellence

    - Wine Spectator, 2015

    Best of Award of Excellence

    - Wine Spectator, 2015

  • Best Wine Lists in the World with highest possible ranking of three stars

    - The World of Fine Wine, 2016

    Best Wine Lists in the World with highest possible ranking of three stars

    - The World of Fine Wine, 2016

  • Best Wine Lists in the World with highest possible ranking of three stars

    - The World of Fine Wine, 2015

    Best Wine Lists in the World with highest possible ranking of three stars

    - The World of Fine Wine, 2015

  • AAA Five Diamond Award winner, every year since 1996

    - American Automobile Association

    AAA Five Diamond Award winner, every year since 1996

    - American Automobile Association

  • Top 100 Wine Lists in America

    - OpenTable, 2014

    Top 100 Wine Lists in America

    - OpenTable, 2014

  • Mike Solomon, Wine Auction Director for Leland Little Auctions and Estate Sales, names The Fearrington House… More >

    - WFAE, 2014

    Mike Solomon, Wine Auction Director for Leland Little Auctions and Estate Sales, names The Fearrington House Restaurant in his best wine lists across North Carolina

    - WFAE, 2014

  • Wine Director Maximilian Kast places 2nd in Top Sommelier Competition

    - Guild of Sommeliers, 2014

    Wine Director Maximilian Kast places 2nd in Top Sommelier Competition

    - Guild of Sommeliers, 2014

  • 10 Great Restaurants with Stellar Wine Lists

    - USA Today, 2013

    10 Great Restaurants with Stellar Wine Lists

    - USA Today, 2013

  • Top 100 Notable Wine Lists

    - Open Table, 2013

    Top 100 Notable Wine Lists

    - Open Table, 2013

  • Wine Director Maximilian Kast names 2000 Finca Villacreses from Ribera del Duero Reserva the best value wine… More >

    - OpenTable, 2013

    Wine Director Maximilian Kast names 2000 Finca Villacreses from Ribera del Duero Reserva the best value wine at The Fearrington House Restaurant, read more

    - OpenTable, 2013

Meet the Team

Paula de Pano, Beverage & Service Director

Paula joined the Fearrington House in 2010 as a sommelier after graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. It was during her time at Fearrington that she received her Advanced Sommelier distinction with the Court of Master Sommeliers. In 2014, she moved to New York City to be part of the sommelier team at the three Michelin star restaurant, Eleven Madison Park. After two years, she returned to Fearrington Village as the Beverage & Service Director. Read more about Paula here.

Jesse Scott, Assistant Sommelier

Jesse, a North Carolinian native and resident of Chapel Hill, after working as AGM and head server at [ONE] restaurant came to join the Fearrington family in April 2016. He started his career in the hospitality industry as curb-hop and dining room server at his family’s restaurant. Now immersed in wine, he eagerly seeks to assist you in finding the perfect bottle to complement your experience at The Fearrington House Restaurant.