Fox School of Wine Headmistress Kirsten Fox, left, and Park City Wine Club PresidentPamela Wood, who is also a professor for Fox’s school, raise
Fox School of Wine Headmistress Kirsten Fox, left, and Park City Wine Club President Pamela Wood, who is also a professor for Fox's school, raise their glasses. The Fox School of Wine has started its weekly summer sessions at Deer Valley. (Courtesy of Kirsten Fox)
When Kirsten Fox established the Fox School of Wine in 2008, she knew what kind of curriculum she wanted.

"The classes are first focused on fun, then wine tasting and then learning about wines," the headmistress and sommelier told The Park Record.

For nearly six years, the independent, wine education school has been committed to excellence in the intellectual, ethical, gastronomical and enological development of its students.

In doing so, Fox trusts her professors to come up with engaging topics for the curriculum.

"They all bring different backgrounds and different passions to each of the classes," she said. "So they come up with the topics from their burning desires of what they want to teach to our students."

The faculty submits their ideas for Fox's approval.

"The only time I'll weigh in is if there is a topic that I've tried to teach before and there weren't enough students interested to fill the class," she said. "I will advise them to broaden the topic or create a different title for the class."

"That said, I want them to be excited about teaching and if I start imposing my ideas onto them, it won't work for what they're trying to do," Fox said.

Earlier this month, the school started its summer school sessions.

The classes are held every Saturday night through Aug. 30, from 6 p.m. until 7:15 p.m. at the Silver Baron Lodge at 2880 Deer Valley Dr., East, at lower Deer Valley. Each session will feature five wines plus a blind tasting challenge.

The summer schedule is as follows:

  • June 21 — Surprising Wines from New Areas

  • June 28 — Sensational Summer Sippers from Around the World

  • July 5 — The Loire: A Queen Loved by Kings

  • July 19 — Reds for a BBQ

  • July 26 — Southern Cross: Wines from Down Under

  • Aug. 2 — It's Hot Outside Wines for chilling

  • Aug. 9 — Let's Go to Italy's "No Po"

  • Aug. 16 — Wines for All to Love

  • Aug. 23 — Wine Pairing 101

  • Aug. 30 — Fall Flavors to Enjoy

    The only Saturday the school won't be in session will be July 12, when the Food and Wine Classic fundraiser comes to Park City, Fox said.

    "We feel there will be enough food and wine in Park City that day," she explained.

    The professors for the Fox School of Wine include Jack Chase, Daniel Ramirez, Mike Szczesny, David Olson, Joey Lopaka and Pamela Wood, who is also the president of the Park City Wine Club (see accompanying story).

    Fox enjoys attending their classes when she isn't teaching, and many times she learns new things as well.

    "I always learn something. I'm always tasting a new wine or a new way to understand a location where a wine was made," she said. "Different voices bring a variety of perspective to the topics, even the same topics that I may have taught to a different group of people two weeks earlier."

    Saturdays aren't the only times when the Fox School of Wine offers classes, Fox said.

    "We also do private lessons in homes, which are usually built around birthday parties that kick off with an hour-long class," she said. "We also provide a blanket service, where we visit people before the concerts that are held at Canyons Resort. People make appointments and we will meet them at the show."

    The Fox School of Wine also holds corporate events around Park City.

    "I love being a part of the community in a fun, yet enlightening way through connections via the wine classes," Fox said.

    The Fox School of Wine holds classes every Saturday night from 6 p.m. until 7:15 p.m. at the Silver Baron Lodge at 2880 Deer Valley Dr., East, at lower Deer Valley. Classes cost $25 per person. Students must be 21 years old or older. Registration is required online or by phone. Cancellations must be made 48 hours before class time or full amount will be charged. Visit www.foxschoolofwine.com or call 435-655-WINE (9463) for more information or to register.