Kevin Zraly stops by Park City for a quick drink
While the principal attractions of the Sundance Film Festival are cinematic, some other types of interesting events aside from parties and celebrity gifting lounges find their way onto Main Street.
Thursday evening, wine expert Kevin Zraly was in Park City to offer quick course for some filmmakers and industry executives. Zraly author of "Windows on the World Complete Wine Course" and for nearly 30 years the sommelier and wine buyer at the New York City restaurant of the same name delivered his course in a rapid-fire style. It was, he said, his one hour wine expert class.
A 35-year veteran of the wine and restaurant business, Zraly taught a small crowd a little bit about wine and cuisine while allowing the gathered wine lovers a group of filmmakers and executives a chance to taste a variety of varietals.
The event’s sponsors contacted Art of Wine owner Sara Henry to organize the course in conjunction with Zraly.
"Kevin called and said what he wanted the varietals," she said. "We had to call the DABC to see what they had available."
They picked a Pinot Grigio, a Sauvignon Blanc, a Chardonnay, a Pinot Noir, a Merlot, and a Cabernet Sauvignon, organized to highlight the differences between each.
Zraly complemented the wines with a helping of humor and plenty of audience interaction, encouraging the class members to discuss the wines and how exactly they might be paired with food. The experience was both practical and educational.
After the class, Zraly sat down to talk with his students and sign copies of his book.
Henry said she was happy she had the chance to be part of the event and meet Zraly. "Windows on the World Complete Wine Course," played a pivotal part in her wine education, she noted.
"This was the first wine book I ever got from my father, way back when," she said.
So, she said, attending a class with the author was the highlight of her week. Zraly, for his part, was happy to make sure each of the audience members, including the wine pourers, got a copy of the book, and all of the event’s participants walked away with a little more wine knowledge for all of their dinners to come. – Matt James
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