Park City Wine Club offers a full summer of activities
Nearly two years ago, Pamela Wood, a certified wine sommelier, established the Park City Wine Club.
The goal was to offer a place where wine lovers could gather to taste, talk and learn about their favorite libation and raise money for local nonprofits.
Last year, the club hosted a fundraiser for the Egyptian Theatre that brought in $1,500, and this coming August, the club is on track to donate more than $1,000 to Friends of Animals Utah.
These days, Wood, who is also a teacher at the Fox School of Wine (See accompanying story), has been busy keeping up with her club schedule that includes monthly wine tastings and benefits.
"It’s exciting to look back and see what we started," Wood told The Park Record. "I mean to have it blossom right away and having to going through the struggles with working with the DABC (Utah Department of Alcohol Beverage Control) and then trying to find venues and getting restaurants to have us come showcase them in our wine events has been interesting and great."
Wood will continue to host wine-club events throughout the summer. Some of those will be wine dinners at local restaurants.
"I haven’t done many of those in the past, but I think as our reputation has grown, that restaurants and winemakers have seen what we’ve been able to do and they want to participate," she said. "These are exciting because they give our membership, which is comprised of Park City and Utah locals, opportunities to taste wines and foods from restaurants that they may not otherwise do."
The club will also hold its Monthly Summer Sipping Series events at Jeremy Ranch Golf and Country Club.
"These are open to Jeremy Ranch and Park City Wine Club members and will feature different wines and different food pairings," Wood explained.
In addition, the Park City Wine Club offers wine tours.
"We take groups of six to eight people to the wine regions," she said.
The first will be a trip to Santa Cruz, Carmel and Monterey, California, on July 6.
"We’ll do cave and vineyard tours. Lunch and dinner tastings and a little time to shop," Wood said, laughing. "Then we’ll go to the Oregon valley in August."
Another upcoming event series came from a partnership with the Fox School of Wine and World Kitchen.
It’s called the Table for 12 Food & Wine Experience.
These will take place the last Thursday of every month at The Market at Park City, and the first will be called "BBQs, Concerts and Parades, O My, Meats, Cheeses and Wines to Try."
"We’ve got barbecue season coming up and the concerts and parades, so we decided to focus on cheeses and wines that would be perfect for these events," Wood said. Participants can enjoy hand-selected specialty cheeses and artisan meats, complimented with tastes of select wines. We will also learn about various regions, cultures and the history of many great cheeses, meats and the wines they pair with."
Wood initiated this idea based on some tastings that are based in Salt Lake.
"They were fabulous and I wondered why we couldn’t do the same sort of thing in our community with our own local market and our own World Market specialty-cheese counter," she said. "I’ve had World Kitchen do things with me in the past, so we thought about holding monthly tastings that would feature specialty cheeses and artisan meats."
Darcy Swedish McKay is the cheese monger, and she has a deep knowledge about the cheeses and the land where they are made, according to Wood.
"We will learn about the cultures of the regions these foods come from and what the cows and goats that provide the milk for these cheeses eat and how they are milked," Wood said. "We will also learn about the wines from those respective regions."
The next two Table for 12 events will be held Thursday, July 31, and Aug. 28.
The July event will be held at the Rich Haynes Gallery and the August gathering will celebrate the Wine Club’s two-year anniversary at Rotary Park with a traditional barbecue.
"Each session is open to 12 people and they will also get discount coupons to World Kitchen," Wood said.
Fox School of Wine headmistress Kirsten Fox said Wood approached her about the Table for 12 events.
"I totally support these kinds of casual, engaging educational opportunities," Fox said. "She told me she wanted to take care of the footwork of this project and, since I already had my plate pretty full, it worked perfectly. The Market at Park City has been so supportive with the school and it is wonderful to work with them."
For more information about the Park City Wine Club and memberships, visit http://www.parkcitywineclub.com.
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