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Ryan Aguirre

Meet Our Wine Team: Ryan Aguirre

Our wine team is not just stellar at finding wines for every palate, they also happen to be really fun. Ryan Aguirre is the newest member of the team. We sat down with him to learn about his favorite wines and more.

What do you like to drink …
After a long shift? A cold beer – usually something from North Carolina since I’m still exploring the local tastes of the region.
During your days off?  Where’s the nearest cocktail bar?!
During Winter? Barolo Chinato is a great cold weather and holiday season sipper. It tastes and smells like Christmas to me and is so darn tasty.
During Summer? Is anyone else sick of the Rosé All Day movement? There are so many other great things to drink! Enjoy your Rose…I’ll be drinking Chenin Blanc by the pool and jamming some Billy Joel.
What is your go-to cocktail? An Aviation – I’ve always been a gin lover and this cocktail took my love for the spirit to a whole new level. This is the perfect spring/summer/Tuesday cocktail.
Sparkling, red, or white wine? Ha! Who’s your favorite child? (Don’t answer that…)
Desert Island wine? If I’m stuck on a desert island, I’m hoping that the shipwreck has some Champagne on board. If I’m not buying and I’m waiting on a rescue, you can bet I’ll be drinking the good stuff!
Most influential beverage book? Jancis Robinson & Hugh Johnson’s World Atlas of Wine. The maps in this book are incredible and the depth of information is the best overall survey of the wine world I’ve seen so far.
What made you decide to be a somm? I worked in restaurants for several years before realizing the full potential of what was possible. I got a job in a steakhouse in Austin and was in way over my head with a by-the-glass program of 50+ wines and didn’t know how I was going to get up to speed with the rest of the staff. I bought the Wine Bible by Karen McNeil, started reading as much as I could and trying different wines as I read about them. Next thing I knew, I was hooked and found myself wanting to learn more and taste more wine. Sometimes life just happens and the rest just kind of falls into place…
Favorite aspect working at Fearrington so far? The gardens here are easily my favorite part. I’ve worked in lots of restaurants and a few hotels but nowhere else can compare to the beautiful grounds here at Fearrington. The walk between the restaurant and other locations on property, by way of any of the beautiful scenic paths, is a great way to get outside and get a little mid-shift air in the lungs and sunshine on the face.
What is your favorite BTG option currently? What do you think pairs best with it in the current menu? 2015 Schloss Saarstein Riesling and Citrus Cured Himachi with Vanilla Crème Fraiche…next question. 🙂
What do you think about working with Paula and Laura so far? There’s something special about working with these two. Laura is the epitome of the personality that makes you excited to get to work – she’s hard working, fun loving, and knows how to pronounce all those French words I can’t say (we don’t speak French in Texas). Paula has pushed me to be better every day since the first day I arrived at Fearrington with little things like spontaneous quizzing questions and big things like the opportunity to teach my own wine classes and take part in an incredible Champagne dinner. These opportunities are the reason I find myself here at Fearrington and I’m glad to say the learning curve has been nothing but rewarding.