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!




A Delicious Journey down Main Street: Park City Food Tour

Kelsey Ivey:

Back in March, I had the pleasure of visiting Park City, Utah for one of my other publications. Beyond the amazing skiing though, this city also served up sensational cuisine. So I thought I’d share with all my wine friends as well. Enjoy!

Originally posted on Evergreen Hiker:

yum – an interjection used to express pleasurable satisfaction especially in the taste of food. – And the slow-motion word of the day on the Park City Food Tour.

Whether it’s snowing or seventy degrees and sunny, its a perfect day to savor and sample the flavors of main street Park City. With more fine food than can possibly serve the small population of this silver mining town turned ski resort, Park City, Utah is a foodie paradise. From classic pub food to innovative and fresh small plates, the restaurant choices are palate pleasing. Plus they will just make you want to play harder so you can eat more!

To enjoy all the food options in this quaint town at the base of three mountain resorts, last month, I ate my way down main street with Park City Food Tours. Mixing narration on the history of this unique town with a delicious…

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2011 R. Stuart Blogger’s Blend

Just in time for Thanksgiving, I popped open a bottle of Pinot Noir apply named “Gratitude.” And this year I have more to be thankful for than just great wine! Beside my family and friends, I am very thankful to R. Stuart Wine Company this year for helping me to create this almost one of a kind (it’s 1 or 12) bottle of Oregon wine!

Last summer, I attended the Wine Bloggers Conference in Portland and after the event, R. Stuart and Wine Co invited a handful of bloggers out to their McMinnville winery to blend our own bottles of Pinot Noir. And oh my, was it fun! Read my blog post “Blending Wine at R. Stuart & Co. Winery” to learn more about the experience.


After a year and a half, I finally worked up the nerve to open a bottle of the Pinot and, man, am I grateful that it also turned out awesome!

The aroma sparkles with notes of raspberries, black cherries and a touch of earthy spice and leads into a light bodied, fruit forward pinot with bright acidity. Finishing with touch of cola, the wine lingers on the palate without weighing it down and opens the door for fantastic food pairings. Good thing I have a second bottle!

Thanks to the folks at R. Stuart for hosting a great event and making my team’s dream bottle of “Gratitude” come to life!

What are you thankful for this year? What bottle of wine are you going to celebrate with?

Dig into Oregon Wine

If you missed Lenne’s last dirty event, you are in luck. They are at it again. Come out to Lenne Estate and discover why they say “soil is everything!”

Enjoy a blind tasting of eight high-end Oregon Pinot Noirs and learn how terroir, the soul and the essence of the wine, influences its flavor profile. The event will showcase four wines from the Dundee Hills and four from Yamhill-Carlton. Sample each and learn how volcanic soil differs from sedimentary soil.

  • When: November 9th, 10:30 a.m. – noon
  • Where: 18760 NE Laughlin Road ~ Yamhill, OR 97148
  • Cost: $25 per person
  • RSVP: By tickets online

Get Dirty for Oregon Wine

Get down to the dirt about Oregon wine at Lenne Estate!

This saturday, August 24 from 10:30 – noon, enjoy a comparative tasting of wines produced from two different soil types and locations. It’s a head-to-head battle that will be oh-so-palate-pleasing. Enjoy samples of four wines from the volcanic, Dundee Hills and four wines from the sedimentary, Yamhill-Carlton district and learn how these soils play into each wines’ flavor profile.

Tickets are $25 per person and must be purchased in advance. Find out more on Lenne Estate’s website.

Love and Bubbles at Pairings Portland Wine Shop

Love and tiny bubbles are in the air this season – and both will be floating around on Sunday, February 10th at one of Portland’s newest wine shops, Pairings Portland.

Enjoy six perfect pairings featuring Missionary Chocolates from 4 – 6 pm for $20 and get your taste buds prepped and ready for a romantic Valentine’s Day.

Pairings include:

  • Cerdon de Bugey Kermit Lynch with blood orange chocolate
  • Cossart Gordon 5 Year Bual Madiera with salted caramel chocolate
  • Smith Woodhouse 10 Year Tawny Port with a chocolate covered pretzel
  • Pezzi King Zinfandel with chipotle chocolate
  • Tintero Moscato Gramella with chinato
  • Catherine & Pierre Breton Vouvray Dilettante with a special surprise!

To reserve your space call (541) 531-7653 or email


Pairings Portland is located at 455 NE 24th Avenue (SW Corner of 24th & Glisan) and will be hosting a grand opening later this spring. The wine shop will feature unique wines including sustainable, organic and conscious wines to wines “too good not to carry.” Also look forward to more events, classes and of course delicious wine and food pairings!

I will be there, so make sure to stop by and say “hi!”

A Wicked Pairing: Halloween and Wine

From sexy costumes to sultry chocolates, Halloween has turned up its “hellish hot” dial in the past few decades – at least for those over the age of 21. Now instead of the ghoulish goblins and villainous vampires (and anyone dressed up as a character from the Twilight series doesn’t count), on all hallows eve we now have 1920s pin-ups and smokin’ fire fighters. And while I’d never complain about a pillowcase full of candy, my palate for the holiday has changed too.

Bring on the frightening good wine! So for this year I’m following the trend and pairing Naked Winery’s luscious wines with my Halloween celebrations – and it’s bound to get a little risque once the corks pop.

Start the Halloween party off right with a little Foreplay.

With a crispy apple flavor, touch of nuttiness on the finish and a soothing balance of acidity, Naked Winery’s Foreplay Chardonnay gets the evening rolling with its light and easy nature. Sip this juicy number with party-pleasers like popcorn balls while you and your friends get flirty bobbing for apples strings.

Blindfolded couple try to eat apple

Get down, dirty and Merlot

Now that you’re warm and the party is started, it’s time to bring on the chocolate. Whether you stay in and snitch mini Hershey bars and Twix candies from the Trick-or-Treaters’ stash or you head out on the town, pour a glass of their 2009 Merlot to compliment your sweet tooth. With a tight blend of cherry and plum on the mid-palate and a finish of spice and smoke from the wine’s oak aging, this Merlot flirts in your mouth like a jazzy Louis Armstrong tune or the she-devil/ripped lumber-jack costumed duo hanging out in your hallway.

Naked Winery Merlot

Leave em’ with a sweet Tease

Now that you have the holiday party wrapped around your little finger, tease them with Naked Winery’s Riesling and like puppy dogs they (or just that special someone) will follow your lead for the rest of haunting night. With a lingering tropical flavor like seductive summer fruit, hot honey and pineapple, this Riesling gets you bopping and juiced up to head out (or in) for the night. Also if you haven’t figured out a costume yet for Halloween, here’s a fun 1989 group suggestion that this wine might just lead to!


About Naked Winery

Located in Hood River, Naked Winery focuses on making high quality wines that “enhance the romance of wine by pleasing the palate.” They create wines that taste good and make you feel good – without taking life too seriously (I appreciate that!). With vineyards in the Willamette Valley and Rogue Valley in Oregon and Columbia Valley in Washington, Naked Winery produces eight varieties of wine under two labels.  With a provocative brand, Naked Winery gets the senses and interests peaked easily before opening and with prices ranging from $15 – $28, one of their bottles are sure to please – or should I say palate haunt this Halloween.

What are your favorite wines to pair with Halloween?

Blending Wine at R. Stuart & Co. Winery

After the finale of the Wine Bloggers Conference, I headed southwest out of Portland to the beautiful Willamette Valley to visit R. Stuart & Co. Winery for an afternoon of wine blending. Continue reading

A Photo Tour of Willamette Valley Vineyards

As part of the first day of the Wine Blogger’s Conference, all the wine-Os hopped on mystery buses to visit  some of the state’s best wineries. My bus headed south to Willamette Valley Vineyards near Salem, Oregon to walk the vineyards, enjoy a delicious meal and of course drink their sold, Oregon wines.

Enjoy some photos from our tour:

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10 Things I Learned at #WBC12

Bringing together over 300 wine geeks – from industry members to writers and general wine lovers – the Wine Bloggers Conference, this year in Portland, Oregon poured with excitement. As you can imagine, the event was filled with delicious wines from across the world along with writing workshops, winery tours and general wine-centered mischief. But over the course of three days and four long nights, oh did I learn from my fellow wine bloggers.

Here are my top 10 lessons from #WBC12:

1. Tasting wine with other wine bloggers is one of the best ways to learn about wine.

2. When there are over 100 wines to taste at an event, never have a full glass. You will just ruin your palate quicker.

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