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Our Wine Team

Our Wine Team: Xavyer Burroughs, Maxmilian Kast & Kevin Collins

“Wine is about enjoying life, taking time out of the everyday hustle and bustle to look at the world from another perspective, sharing laughs with friends and family and eating good food,” says Wine Director Maximilian Kast. “We want to provide the best wines at the best value in every price range, so that when you make selection at our restaurants or wine shop, you know that the wine is from a unique producer, of high quality, and a great value.”

Wine at The Fearrington House Restaurant
With an extensive wine list spanning bottles from all over the world, our wine list can be a challenge and that’s when Fearrington’s wine team comes in to be of assistance to our guests. It’s not all glitz and show; there are the behind the scenes work from invoices, to stocking wine, to polishing glassware, because it takes work to put on a great show in the dining room every evening!

Wine at The Goat
“I am the Sommelier, also affectionately called the ‘wine guru,’ at The Goat,” says Xavyer Burroughs. “I am charged with coordinating all things wine related, including the wine by the glass each week, wine descriptions found at our displays, special wine orders that are sold directly to customers, and all of the wine, beer, and other special beverages that are sold in The Goat and Roost.” Read more about wines at The Goat!

Wine Events
“We try to make each wine event an experience as opposed to your everyday wine tasting,” says Wine Director Maximilian Kast. ” From our Sommelier Competitions (more details coming soon) to beer dinners, and winemaker dinners,there is something for everyone to enjoy. Our monthly classes at The Granary delve into topics ranging from blind tasting to the wines Sicily and Sardegna. We also bring in winemakers, importers, and sommeliers from around the world, who provide different perspectives on the juice of the vine and how it is made and enjoyed for each wine dinner. Hope to see you soon!”

Take a Taste of Fearrington Home

If you have visited any of our shops or stayed in our Inn, you may have noticed a little yellow book propped on the counter for sale or lying on a coffee table next to your room's plush sofa. That familiar yellow book is none other than The Fearrington House Cookbook: A...

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What People Are Saying

  • OpenTable diners voted The Fearrington House a Top 10 Restaurant in America.

    - OpenTable Diner's Choice 2014

    OpenTable diners voted The Fearrington House a Top 10 Restaurant in America.

    - OpenTable Diner's Choice 2014

  • Fearrington receives one of the 2014 OpenTable Diner's Choice Awards for the Top 100 Wine Lists in America.

    - OpenTable Diner's Choice 2014

    Fearrington receives one of the 2014 OpenTable Diner’s Choice Awards for the Top 100 Wine Lists in America.

    - OpenTable Diner's Choice 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

  • The Fearrington House Restaurant is included on World of Fine Wine’s 2014 Best Wine Lists in the World.

    - The World of Fine Wine, 2014

    The Fearrington House Restaurant is included on World of Fine Wine’s 2014 Best Wine Lists in the World.

    - The World of Fine Wine, 2014

  • Fearrington Wine Director Maximilian Kast places second in 2014 TopSomm competition.

    - Guild of Sommeliers, May 2014

    Fearrington Wine Director Maximilian Kast places second in 2014 TopSomm competition.

    - Guild of Sommeliers, May 2014

  • The Fearrington House Restaurant named in 10 Great Restaurants with Stellar Wine Lists by USA Today.

    - USA Today, December 27, 2013

    The Fearrington House Restaurant named in 10 Great Restaurants with Stellar Wine Lists by USA Today.

    - USA Today, December 27, 2013

  • Sommelier Maximilian Kast is a purveyor of elegance. In a world where fine-dining is becoming less relevant… More >

    - The Carolinas Rising Stars - StarChefs.com

  • The Fearrington House Restaurant makes the Top 100 Notable Wine Lists in the country from Open Table. 

    - Open Table, October 2013

  • AAA Five Diamond Award winner, every year since 1996

    - American Automobile Association

    AAA Five Diamond Award winner, every year since 1996

    - American Automobile Association

  • 2000 Finca Villacreses from Ribera del Duero Reserva named the best value wine at the Fearrington House… More >

    - Open Table Dining Check, October 2013

    2000 Finca Villacreses from Ribera del Duero Reserva named the best value wine at the Fearrington House Restaurant by Sommelier Maximilian Kast

    - Open Table Dining Check, October 2013

  • A Dickens Christmas Dinner, food adapted from recipes by Chef Colin Bedford

    - Wine Spectator, November 2010

  • Maximilian Kast takes top spot in second annual Sommelier Challenge

    - Sonoma Wine Country Weekend 2013

  • Maximilian Kast quoted regarding the generational appeal of Bordeaux

    - Wine & Spirits, April 2011

Meet the Team

Maximilian Kast, Wine Director

Max joined The Fearrington House in 2007 as Sommelier, and within a year was promoted to Wine Director with responsibilities for the beverage program for the entire property. He organizes and hosts Fearrington House’s popular wine dinner series. And he also teaches popular and inexpensive wine and beer classes at The Fearrington Granary Restaurant. Read more about Max here or view his blog!

Kevin Collins, Assistant Sommelier

Kevin joined The Fearrington House in September 2012 as a food runner and quickly developed a passion for fine dining, top-notch service and beverages of all strengths and origins. He became a waiter in the summer of 2013 and moved to the wine team in May 2014 as Assistant Sommelier. He is Tar Heel born and bred, having been raised in Chapel Hill and graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2012.

Xavyer Burroughs, Sommelier at The Goat

Born and raised in eastern North Carolina, Xavyer began working at the impressionable age of 15 as a dishwasher at On the Square Restaurant in Tarboro. Working with husband and wife team Stephen and Inez Ribustello, he developed a passion for food and wine and worked his way through every position in the kitchen and floor, lastly in the wine cellar selling, serving and studying wine. After passing his Certified Sommelier Course with the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2012, Xavyer joined Fearrington at The Goat. Check out his blog!