Fox School of Wine and Park City Wine Club are keeping busy |

Fox School of Wine and Park City Wine Club are keeping busy

Wine plays a big part in the social lives of many Park City residents, and the Park City Wine Club and Fox School of Wine are offering a variety of events to accommodate these local wine lovers.

Certified wine sommelier Pamela Wood, president of the Park City Wine Club and a professor at the Fox School of Wine, said the winter is always a busy time for these two organizations.

"Not only is it the holidays, but the Sundance Film Festival is coming up and that means we’ll be working a lot of private and corporate events," Wood said during an interview with The Park Record. "It keeps blossoming."

Next week, the Fox School of Wine, headed by Kirsten Fox, will start up its winter semester at Deer Valley’s Silver Baron Lodge.

"The classes are held every Saturday through April," Wood said. " The cost is $25, and offered to those who are aged 21 and over."

Sign up is done through reservations at .

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In addition to the classes, the Fox School of Wine will present monthly Table of 12 Wine and Food Pairing Experiences.

The sessions are done in conjunction with Darcy Swedish McKay, the cheese monger at The Market, according to Wood.

"During these events, we introduce the pairings through the education of tasting sessions that run for 1 ½ hours," she explained. "It’s been really fun. We’ve completed a trial run of six events and it only takes a minimum of six and a maximum of 12 people to do these."

The Table of 12 events cost is $40 and reservations can be made by visiting .

December is also when the Park City Wine Club will present Bubbles and Bites, a holiday event for its members, at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse on Dec. 17.

"We are planning to feature sparkling wines from California, French champagnes and Prosecco from Spain," Wood said.

On Jan. 9, the club will kick off the new year with a wine exchange at the Sun Peak Clubhouse.

"It’s like that old white-elephant party many of us do around Christmas, but during the wine exchange, everyone brings a decorated bottle of reasonably priced wine," Wood said. "We’ll give out awards for the best-decorated bottle and then draw numbers so people will be able pick a bottle to take home with them."

The Park City Wine Club will then host another event at SKY on Feb. 9.

"They are getting ready to reopen and are rebranding themselves as gluten free with a focus on wellness," Wood said. "So we’re going to feature wines that are organic and sustainable, which will go along with what they are trying to promote that are on the Table One menue."

Wood is currently planning wine club events for March and April, before taking a break in May.

"Our March event will hopefully be held at Lespri," Wood said. "We will be visiting the land of the first morning sun — for grapes that is — New Zealand," she said.

The aforementioned events are for Park City Wine Club members only, but anyone aged 21 or older can easily become members by visiting , according to Wood.

Individual memberships are $30 and a membership for a couple from the same household is $55.

A portion of the membership fee will benefit Friends of Animals Utah, Wood said.

"We’re also working on member benefits this year, as well," she said. "Ruth’s Chris will give 10 percent off of wine-club members’ dinner bills and Rich Haines Gallery is offering discounts, too."

The Park City Wine Club also hosts limited public events at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, as well.

"Last year, we offered a monthly wine series during the winter and we’re going to do that again," Wood said. "We’re going to call it Tapas and Tastes that will be at Ruth’s Chris once a month."

Those sessions will be held Jan. 15, Feb. 12, March 12 and April 9.

"We will offer different themes every month," Wood said.

The cost for Tapas and Tastes is $40, which will cover both food and the wine.

In addition to donating a portion of the membership fees to Friends of Animals Utah, the Park City Wine Club also hosts fundraisers for other nonprofit organizations in the state.

"We are doing one Dec. 2 at Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City to celebrate the holiday Zoo Lights display," Wood said. "We’re going to feature wines of South Africa and all the proceeds we have will be donated to the zoo."

The zoo event is sold out, but Wood is planning other fundraisers.

"Just when you think it’s going to slow down, someone calls or asks us to do something," she said. "The reputation for both the Park City Wine Club and the Fox School of Wine is so strong in the community and has been well represented in the area. Winter is a busy time, but well worth it."

For more information about the Park City Wine Club, visit . For more information about the Fox School of Wine, visit