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Notes from Fearrington’s Beverage & Service Director Paula de Pano on how to best enjoy The Fearrington House wine list.

Wine Pairings take the guesswork out of the equation of dining from our guests who don’t want to go through an entire book of wines that we offer by the bottle,” says Paula. “It also lets our guests try different wines that they wouldn’t normally veer towards. Pairings can enhance the enjoyment of how that particular wine enhances a particular dish.”

The sommeliers at The Fearrington House taste all of the dishes on each seasonal menu and collaborate with the chefs to align the flavors of the dishes with the wines.

“When guests ask me how they should navigate the wine list, I let them know that it’s geographically-based from north to south, and varietally assessed by quality level if it exists for a region,” says Paula. “For example, Burgundy is such a confusing area, but the wine list is formatted in such a way that the list will be compartmentalized starting from Gevrey Chambertin down to Nuits St Georges for the reds, with the Grand Crus listed first down to village level quality for the wines.”

What about prices? “The wine list offers such a variety of bottles in different price points,” says Paula. “I think that we’re way past the era of not discussing what guests are comfortable spending. If a price point is introduced to the conversation either directly (saying it out loud) or indirectly (discreetly pointing out a wine’s price range from the list or even mentioning it during reservations), you’ll be surprised about how determined a sommelier can be to find the best bottle for you that suits your tastes and your budget.”