Fox School of Wine sets table for summer classes |

Fox School of Wine sets table for summer classes

Season will feature new programs

Some locals say Fox School of Wine’s Saturday Weekend Wine Series has become an “educational happy hour.”

A regular class will include the tasting of good wines that are sold locally for $30 a bottle and lessons about the wine, its region, grape characteristics, labels and vocabulary, the school’s headmistress Kirsten Fox said.

“Those classes are so much fun, and students learn about different wines each week,” Fox told The Park Record. “Each class ends with a blind tasting challenge, and students at each level are challenged to up their games to see if they can peg the flavors, aromas and personalities of the wines that we pour from a black velvet bag.”

The summer sessions will begin at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, at the Silver Baron Lodge in lower Deer Valley.

The topic for the class is “Travel by Wine: Spain, France, Italy.”

“The wines focused on that night will be from European gateway destinations,” Fox said.

The headmistress said the school will be adding new programs to the class schedule this summer.

“The next weekend, starting June 24, will include a three-day wine extravaganza,” she said.

The Saturday class will be a regular Weekend Wine Series that will cover “Crisp Whites for the Upcoming Summer,” but the experience will continue Sunday with the “Bling It On Summer Party,” a benefit for Peace House, a nonprofit dedicated to wiping out domestic violence in Summit and Wasatch counties.

“This will be a reception-style, wine-education experience,” Fox said. “The price for entry is $17, which is lower than our other classes, but students must bring one or two pieces of gently used bling: women and men’s jewelry, handbags and silk scarves.”

The items will be given to Peace House, which will sell them at its annual Bling Fling fundraiser later this year.

The three-day wine extravaganza will wrap up on Monday, June 26, with the debut of a new class called the Certification Series.

“This series will run on one night for three months in a row and be taught by one of our professors, Tom Martin,” Fox said. “This is a full-evening experience that starts with sparkling wines from the areas we study.”

The class will then become a pairing event that will pair regional wines with five small dishes created by a new catering company run out of Gateway Grill, called Prim and Plated.

“Chef Abby Tucker and Tom will teach about and discuss the intricacies of the foods and wines from the region,” Fox said. “At the end of the series, students can take a blind taste test and an online certification test.”

In addition to the Certification Series, Fox School of Wine will introduce a new class called the Choice Weekend Wine Series Class.

“These classes will be peppered throughout the regular Weekend Wine Series,” Fox said. “We’ll discuss slightly more expensive wines and offer small tastes of different foods that pair with those wines.”

July 8 is the first Choice class of the summer, and it’s titled “Key Discoveries in Wine Pairing.”

“These classes will offer an upgraded experience and will offer six different wines,” Fox said.

All Fox School of Wine classes are taught by a faculty comprised of wine experts and sommeliers.

The faculty features, Pamela Wood, Mike Szczesny, Tom Martin, Daniel Ramirez, Brad Jensen and Casey Brogdon Leblang.

“Our professors have an amazing breadth of wine knowledge,” Fox said. “Because they are passionate about wine and the wine world, they continue to add certifications and designations to their personal education. They pursue higher and higher levels of mastery.

“Students who come to the classes will not only enjoy the tastings, they will also receive well-qualified information that they can take on their paths of wine enjoyment.”

The Fox School of Wine will start its weekend wine series classes at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 17, at the Silver Baron Lodge, Lower Deer Valley, 2880 Deer Valley Drive East. Participants must be 21 years old. For information and cost, visit

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