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May 2017
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Jura & Savoie Wine Class

Thursday, May 4   |   6:00 pm   |   $40

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

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

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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Barboursville Wine Dinner

Thursday, June 22   |   6:00 pm   |   $175

Join Beverage & Service Director Paula de Pano in hosting Barboursville Vineyards’ winemaker, Luca Paschina, and Broadbent Selections’ Maximilian Kast, for a wine dinner at The Fearrington House Restaurant. With over 25 years of expertise at Barboursville Vineyards, Luca and the winery are now considered pioneers of quality winemaking in Virginia, if not the entire United States. Originally from Piedmont in Italy, Luca’s perspective on the role of wine in life “is drawn from a trust in the land and humility in…

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Lees, Malo, and Oak Wine Class

Thursday, June 29   |   6:00 pm   |   $40

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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August 2017
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Coastal White Wines from Liguria, Pays Nantes & the Basque Region

Thursday, August 17   |   6:00 pm   |   $40

Grapes from vineyards planted near the ocean give off a minerally, briny, and citrus-y tone that lends itself very well to seafood and salads. Explore these regions that specialize in wines that are neither mainstream, nor boring at great price points that’s sure to be your go to white wine this summer. $40 includes wine, tasting plate, service fee and tax. Reserve at 919.542.2121.

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September 2017
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An In-Depth Look at Grüner Veltliner

Thursday, September 7   |   6:00 pm   |   $40

Primarily known as Austria’s leading white grape, Gruner Veltliner has made itself known to wine-drinkers more recently by its distinct peppery-spice and herbal quality. Learn about how it expresses itself as a very fresh, quaffable federspiel, or a ripe, deeply concentrated smaragd from the Wachau. $40 includes wine, tasting plate, service fee and tax. Reserve at 919.542.2121.

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Prosecco: Keeping it Bubbly & Fresh

Thursday, September 28   |   6:00 pm   |   $40

Fun, lively, and fruity. Prosecco has never been called an intimidating bubbly as it is enjoyable and fresh in nature. Clocking in at a fraction of Champagne’s prices, this wine is a popular choice for everyday enjoyment. Join us for this class showcasing the many different styles of Prosecco and its leading producers in the Veneto. $40 includes wine, tasting plate, service fee and tax. Reserve at 919.542.2121.

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October 2017
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Beyond Grand Cru Bordeaux

Thursday, October 19   |   6:00 pm   |   $50

Bordeaux wines are more often than not prohibitively expensive. Values come few and far between, with only off vintages and second (or even third) labels being more accessible to a regular wine drinker. This wine class explores these hidden gems for Bordeaux lovers – from ready to drink vintages, second labels and properties, and even lesser known chateaux that won’t break the bank. $50 includes wine, tasting plate, service fee and tax. Reserve at 919.542.2121.

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November 2017
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Blind Tasting: Classic White Wines

Thursday, November 9   |   6:00 pm   |   $45

Explore classic white grape varietals with Beverage Director Paula de Pano as she walks you through the basic components and markers of quality white wines. $45 includes wine, tasting plate, service fee and tax. Reserve at 919.542.2121.

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