Wines in the Wasatch: Highlights from the Food and Wine Classic

“Come for the winters, say for the summer,” is the local (unofficial) slogan in Park City, Utah. And after a weekend in the Wasatch Mountains I can see (and taste) why.

Featuring active adventures around the ski-resort town turned summer outdoor haven paired with wine tastings and dinners galore, the Food and Wine Classic in Park City brought together two of my favorite things in one amazing weekend. Here are some of the highlights from the event

Stroll of Park City

First up for my weekend of wine was the Stroll of Park City, Friday afternoon. Meander up and down historic Main Street, we popped in and out of venues and restaurants while savoring a variety of wines and tasty bites. A few of the places we stopped included Wasatch Brew Pub, High West Distillery & Saloon, Town Lift Plaza, Silver’s, and Zoom!


Pork and Cork

We dined in style at the Goldener Hirsch Inn at Deer Valley with multiple course of Pork themed entrees pairs with wines by Iron Gate, a local Utah winery.

The Walk of Wine and Whiskey

Saturday morning, I laced up my hiking boots and joined a fun and informative hike with amazing views of Park City. Guided by High West Ambassadors, I enjoyed getting outside – and burning some of those calories consumed the night before. We wandered through beautiful aspen forests and learned more about Park City’s mining history before enjoy lunch, whiskey, and wine at High West Distillery.

Read about this beautiful hike and whiskey pairing over on Evergreen Hiker.

Toast of Park City

This was the grand-daddy of them all! Wine, wine, and more wine exploded from the plaza at The Canyons. An extraordinary gathering of domestic and international wineries poured at this event while we were entertained with live music, culinary treats, beer, spirits, and even ciders. With over 500 wines, let’s just say we had a good time!wineclassic

Three of my favorite finds from this amazing afternoon of tasting included: Adelsheim’s Rose, Lunatic by Luna Vineyards, Hop Nosh by Uinta Brewing, and Tieton Cider. Oh and the food sampler by The Farm, a Canyon’s resort restaurant, was spectacular!


To finish Saturday night off, we headed to the newest event at the classic hosted at the Montage Deer Valley. Offering a blend of the arts, wine, beer, and signature cocktails, the party tipped its hat to the senses and created a memorable and classy conclusion to the day.


It’s a Mary Morning

I couldn’t leave Park City without getting in another hike, so Sunday morning I hiked around Deer Valley on this refreshing morning outing. Walking up the Sultan’s Out-and-Back trail, we stretched our legs before riding the chair lift to the top for stunning mountain views of the entire range. After building up an appetite, we returned to the Stein Eriksen Lodge at Deer Valley for a tantalizing brunch crafted be executive chef Zan Holmquist with Bloody Mary’s. The bananas foster were plate-licking good (don’t worry I contained myself!).

Look for more posts about the Food & Wine Classic and all the summer offerings in Park City coming soon!




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