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Fox School of Wine and Park City Wine Club pop the cork on summer

Correction (9:20 a.m. June 27): Old Town Cellars does not commission wine, or have a wine maker that makes wine especially for it as stated in an article that ran on June 2. It brings in hundreds of samples from top producers and vineyard sites, selecting the best for their blending. This article has been altered to reflect that.

The wine will flow during this Park City summer.

A week before the Park City Wine and Food Classic that will be held from July 7 to July 10, the Park City Wine Club and the Fox School of Wine will unveil their collaborative programs during a wine club tasting at Old Town Cellars, 890 Main St., on Tuesday, June 28, according to Pamela Wood, certified sommelier and president and founder of the Park City Wine Club.

"We wanted to showcase the business and let the locals know about it," she said. "We also wanted to encourage the locals to grab a bottle and go to a concert later."

The Tuesday event, which is open to Park City Wine Club members and students of Fox School of Wine, will include charcuterie platters and sweets from Ritual Chocolates for the different tastings, as well as a presentation by OTC’s Stephen MacKay.

"Stephen, who co-founded and co-owns Old Town Cellars with David Hildreth, will talk to the group about the concept of Old Town Cellars and walk us through the wines, while telling us how they chose each area in the country for the wines," Wood said. "Some of the labels, which are really fun, relate to Park City. You have Mountain Town Red, Mountain Town White, Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon."

People must register for the event by Monday, June 27, and can do so by visiting http://www.parkcitywineclub.com.

The cost is $40 and that includes wine tastings, pairings and hearing about the upcoming Park City Wine Club and Fox School of Wine events, including wine trips to Sonoma, California, and Walla Walla, Washington, according to Wood.

"While the Park City Wine Club is separate from the Fox School of Wine, headed by Kirsten Fox, we work together to provide more wine experiences and wine education opportunities in town," Wood said.

The Fox School of Wine hosts Saturday night classes at the Silver Baron Lodge, 2880 Deer Valley Dr. East, from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.

"The classes sample five wines chosen to reflect the topic of the weekend," Wood explained. "All wines are available for under $30 and are available for purchase in Utah."

The cost for the Fox School of Wine classes is $29 per person per class. Registration is available online by visiting http://www.foxschoolofwine.com .

In addition to the separate events, the Park City Wine Club and Fox School of wine want to offer the community more in terms of wine accreditation, certification and food and wine pairings, Wood said.

"Under Fox School of Wine, we started the Table for 12 tastings that are held at The Market," she said. "They continue every third Thursday of the month, but we’ve also branched off from that with Kristen’s professors."

That means the Fox School of Wine can offer more events in the Greater Salt Lake area.

"One of Kirsten’s professors is working on setting up wine-credential courses, and they are thinking of stepping up to offer more advanced wine classes and food and wine pairings, not just in Park City, but all around the state," she said.

With the Fox School of Wine taking on more of the education aspect, the Park City Wine Club is focusing on the social aspect in the local community, with pairings at different restaurants, including Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.

"We want to showcase the combinations of their foods and wines that most people may not know about," Wood said. "We also want to expand on the farm-to-table concept and take some field trips to Blue Sky Ranch, High West Distillery and a couple of other local cheese makers in town. We want to bring out that element and share with the community and, hopefully, get people to expand their tastes from the ordinary."

As it has since it began five years ago, the Park City Wine Club also benefits local nonprofits with its membership dues.

"That’s something that it’s important for me," Wood said. "We need to give something back."

Some of the nonprofits the club has donated to include the Egyptian Theatre, The National Ability Center, Image Reborn, Nuzzles & CO., and more, she said.

Wood, who became a certified specialist of wine earlier this year, said it’s exciting to see how much her club and the Fox School of Wine have grown in scope over the past few years.

"Fox School of Wine is going into its eighth or ninth year and the Park City Wine Club is going into its fifth year, but it still seems like yesterday when we started," she said. "What we’re doing now has taken our visions and encompassed more and we’re doing more corporate events because of the requests.

"Wine is such a gathering instrument," Wood said. "It gathers friends and families and you can use it to bring other things together, such as food and education classes. I’m excited to get back out and share wine with people."

Park City Wine Club and the Fox School of Wine will host "Summer Sampler at Old Town Cellar" at 890 Main St., on Tuesday, June 28, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Cost is $40. Reservations are required and can be made by visiting http://www.parkcitywineclub.com.


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