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Fearrington House Sommelier and The Art of Living

By Maximilian Kast
Wine Director / Sommelier
The Fearrington House Country Inn & Restaurant



A few months ago the great folks over at Briar Chapel asked if I would be interested in collaborating on their "Art of Living" showcase, which is coming up shortly on February 25th.  After they told me the concept of featuring different local artists from around the area, on a kind of walking tour of the neighborhoods in Briar Chapel, I thought it would be great to integrate a little wine tasting on the way.  So while the art is local, the wine will be international, a little preview of the wide variety of different wines that we feature at our restaurants and wine shoppe here in Fearrington Village.


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The selection of wines for the event offer a little something for everyone.  For the lovers of white wine we will feature two spectacular producers.  One the Bouza Albarino from Montevideo in Uruguay, which with its ripe and alluring melon, orange blossom, and white spring flower aromatics and refreshing acidity and dry finish is like taking a walk through the UNC Arboretum in Spring.  The other, the Moreau-Naudet Petite Chablis, imported by Thomas Meunier from Carboro, is like sitting on the beach in summer eating oysters, with lots of lemon citrus and seashell minerality.  For the red wine lovers we have the Arribi Mencia from the Bierzo region of Spain, with its stony minerality and ripe plum and spice notes, the Atamisque "Catalpa" Malbec from the Uco Valley in Argentina, with rich, dark, blackberry and dark plum notes, and the Swanson Merlot from Oakville in Napa Valley, a benchmark producer for the varietal.

What all of these wines have is character.  They are all unique in their own way and express the beauty that is inherent in wine, art and life.  Briar Chapel is a unique place, a retreat for mountain biking for myself and long walks with the family, much like Fearrington Village, and the great thing is that we are so close to each other.  So I hope you attend the event and enjoy the wines, and when you're in the neighborhood come on by Fearrington where there is always great food, wine, beer and hospitality waiting for you.


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