Nebbiolo vs. Sangiovese Wine Class @ The Fearrington Granary
Jan 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Two of Italy’s most noble and distinctive grapes are Nebbiolo and Sangiovese. Each has their own strong following in the wine community. Some prefer Nebbiolo, a grape that tests the balance of its tannic, high alcohol, and high acid properties while still delivering one of the most rewarding wine experiences.
Some prefer the crunchy, red fruit, herbal perfume of the Sangiovese grape. In the hands of a master it can transform into a muscular Brunello di Montalcino, or an easier drinking Chianti perfect with a hearty bowl of pasta.
Whichever grape camp you stand behind, each has a masterful history that has solidified its claim to the top of Italy’s grape varietal hierarchy.
$50 includes wine, cheese plate, service fee and tax. Reserve at 919.542.2121.

Fiction Writing Workshop with Steve Peha & Margot Lester @ McIntyre's Books
Jan 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This event is free and open to the public – we kindly request that you RSVP via email here. We look forward to seeing you at this event!
Everyone loves a good story. We love stories so much that many of us would like to try hand at writing them. Fiction, however, is challenging. In this workshop, we’ll meet that challenge head on with an engaging framework called “The Five Facts of Fiction” — a set principles that common to all great stories. You’ll create a rough sketch of a complete novel or short story with complex characters, compelling conflict, and a setting as rich as any you’ve ever known. You’ll also write a few lines of your opening scene. And all of this will happen in 90 minutes. Writers from 8 to 88 have enjoyed this workshop for the last ten years. And everyone – absolutely everyone – comes away with a good story.
About Steve Peha
Steve Peha is the founder of Teaching That Makes Sense, Inc., a Carrboro, North Carolina-based education consultancy specializing in literacy, student engagement, and instructional innovation. His latest book is Be a Better Writer, written with his wife, Margot Carmichael Lester, was an Amazon #1 “Hot New Release” in teen writing. The book also won a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award, a 2016 Best Book Gold Medal Award in Young Adult Nonfiction. It has also received an award nomination from YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association, part of the American Library Association. Since 1995, Steve has written widely on teaching, learning, and writing for publications like The Washington Post, The National Journal, Psychology Today, Edutopia, Education Post, and many others. In 2001, he created The Effective Learning Series for The Seattle Times and received an Innovators in Education from the Newspaper Association of America. During this workshop, he will write along with all participants describing the origin of his first and as-yet-to-be-completed novel, Jordan’s Run.
About Margot Carmichael Lester
Margot Carmichael Lester is the founder of The Word Factory and living proof that a person can be old school and au courant at the same time. She still writes regularly for the Los Angeles Business Journal and the International Cinematographers Guild Magazine, but most of her work these days is digital. She was doing brand journalism before the term even existed, creating nearly 1000 articles for in the early 00’s. Currently, she manages a team of pros serving as virtual brand newsrooms for her clients. When she’s not slinging words, she consults with start-ups and Fortune 100 companies on communications strategy, media relations and operations. She’s got three books to her name, including Be a Better Writer, on which she collaborated with her husband, Steve Peha. In her off-hours, she love’s to cook (and eat); listen to music; and follow local, state and national politics — except when she’s watching football or the UNC Tar Heels.

The Many Faces of Rioja Wine Class @ The Fearrington Granary
Feb 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Explore Spain’s premier wine region, one of the country’s two declared Denominacion de Origen Calificada, and taste some of its benchmark wine producers. Tempranillo is a moldable grape that lends itself well to a winemaker’s vision, as Beverage Director Paula de Pano learned from some of Rioja’s winemakers on her last trip to Spain. Taste for the consistently high quality of this wine for yourself – without breaking the bank!
$40 includes wine, cheese plate, service fee and tax. Reserve at 919.542.2121.

Cooks & Books: Lunch with Kian Lam Kho @ The Fearrington Granary
Feb 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us at The Granary to celebrate Kian Lam Kho’s cookbook, Phoenix Claws & Jade Trees. Tickets are $75 per person and include dinner, a copy of the cookbook, service fee and tax. Reserve by calling.
Food writer, author of 10 cookbooks and Asian cuisine expert, Nancie McDermott, will be the guest hostess for this luncheon. McDermott has written several cookbooks on Asian cuisine and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand.

The winner of the 2016 IACP Julia Child First Book Award, Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees offers a unique introduction to Chinese home cooking, demystifying it by focusing on its basic cooking methods. In outlining the differences among various techniques — such as pan-frying, oil steeping, and yin-yang frying — and instructing which one is best for particular ingredients and end results, culinary expert Kian Lam Kho provides a practical, intuitive window into this unique cuisine. Once you’ve learned how to dry stir-fry chicken, you can then confidently apply the technique to tofu, shrimp, and any number of ingredients.
Accompanied by more than 200 photographs, including helpful step-by-step images, the 158 recipes range from simple, such as Spicy Lotus Root Salad or Red Cooked Pork, to slightly more involved, including authentic General Tso’s Chicken or Pork Shank Soup with Winter Bamboo. But the true brilliance behind this innovative book lies in the way it teaches the soul of Chinese cooking, enabling home cooks to master this diverse, alluring cuisine and then to re-create any tempting dish they encounter or can imagine.

After training as an aerospace engineer and developing software on Wall Street for more than twenty years, Kian decided to pursue his passion for cooking. He apprenticed in the kitchen of Chef Josh Capon at Canteen (now Lure Fishbar), in New York City’s Soho neighborhood, where he learned to produce modern American food.
However, it was Chinese cooking that interested him the most. After Canteen he started organizing pop-up Chinese banquet events to showcase the variety of ingredients and versatility of techniques in Chinese cuisine rarely experienced in American Chinese restaurants. He continues to work at different restaurants as a guest chef, creating unique Chinese banquet events.
In January of 2008 Kian created the Chinese cooking blog, Red Cook. The blog emphasizes the importance of understanding proper Chinese cooking techniques while describing them in historical and cultural context. Red Cook was selected as a finalist and nominated for the James Beard Foundation Award in 2011.

Central Coast Pinot Noir Wine Class @ The Fearrington Granary
Feb 9 all-day

Who doesn’t love a good Pinot Noir? A food-friendly, upfront fruit, with lively acidity that makes you reach for another pour of wine. California wines that have been shying away from the higher alcohol styles recently, are barreling their way into drinkers’ hearts and finding their footing as alternatives to Burgundy – without having to wait for the wines to mature.
$45 includes wine, cheese plate, service fee and tax. Reserve at 919.542.2121.

Sylvia Inks – Small Business Finance for the Busy Entrepreneur @ McIntyre's Books
Feb 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Come meet a local, bestselling author who has helped many entrepreneurs learn how to save time, save money and become profitable.
Sylvia Inks shares stories of real-life entrepreneurs, their struggles, and lessons learned. Find out what many small business owners, even those who have been in business for several years, had to learn the hard and expensive way. There is something for everyone!
Founder of SMI Financial Coaching, Sylvia Inks spent ten years with one of the world’s largest consulting firms, working with Fortune 500 organizations in financial services, insurance, healthcare and technology to improve processes, performance and profitability. Sylvia now brings that success, experience, and expertise to help small business owners identify, implement, and manage practical, low-stress financial solutions that enable business growth.
Sylvia holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She presents her 7 Secrets to Financial Success for Small Business Owners to aspiring and seasoned entrepreneurs at Wake Tech Small Business Center, real estate teams, and community groups.

Mark Greaney – Gunmetal Gray @ McIntyre's Books
Feb 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

After five years on the run Court Gentry is back on the inside at the CIA. But his first mission makes him wish he had stayed on the outs when a pair of Chinese agents try to take him down in Hong Kong. Normally the Chinese prefer to stay eyes-only on foreign agents. So why are they on such high alert?
Court’s high stakes hunt for answers takes him across Southeast Asia and leads to his old friend, Donald Fitzroy, who is being held hostage by the Chinese. Fitzroy was contracted to find Fan Jiang, a former member of an ultra-secret computer warfare unit responsible for testing China’s own security systems. And it seems Fan may have been too good at his job—because China wants him dead.
The first two kill teams Fitzroy sent to find Fan have disappeared and the Chinese have decided to “supervise” the next operation. What they don’t know is that Gentry’s mission is to find Fan first and get whatever intel he has to the US.
After that, all he has to do is get out alive . . .
Mark Greaney has a degree in international relations and political science. In his research for the Gray Man novels, including Back Blast, Dead Eye, Ballistic, On Target, and The Gray Man, he traveled to more than fifteen countries and trained alongside military and law enforcement in the use of firearms, battlefield medicine, and close-range combative tactics. He is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers Tom Clancy Support and Defend, Tom Clancy Full Force and Effect, and Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance. With Tom Clancy, he coauthored Locked On, Threat Vector, and Command Authority.

Wines of Galicia Wine Class @ The Fearrington Granary
Mar 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Galcian wines conjure up images of rolling greenery and cold ocean air. It manifests in the herbal, minerally tones of the red wines made from Mencia, Brancellao, and Caino Tinto, and in the salty, floral aromatics of its whites made from Albarino, Godello, and Treixadura. Learn about the magnificent topography and geographic feature of this remote growing region of Spain, and find out why they’re some of the best values in the market today.
$40 per person, including wine, cheese plate, service fee and tax. Reserve at 919.542.2121.

Wines of Sicily Wine Class @ The Fearrington Granary
Mar 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A region that has so much culture and history intertwined with its vineyards, Sicily was long thought of as yet another bulk wine region of Italy – until recently. With the advent of dedicated winemakers that have elevated the quality of wines coming from this Mediterranean island, indigenous grapes like Nero d’Avola, Frappato, Catarratto, and Zibibbo have made a strong comeback as alternatives to more well-known Italian varietals and regions.
$40 per person, including wine, cheese plate, service fee and tax. Reserve at 919.542.2121.