Obsidian/Tricycle Wine Company Dinner
This winter, Alta’s Shallow Shaft restaurant is hosting a series of wine focused dinners. Now in its 46th season, the restaurant overlooks the base of Alta Ski Resort and with a 23 page wine menu on hand – was winner of Salt Lake Magazine’s “Best Wine List” and City Weekly’s pick for “Best High Altitude Dining” in 2011.
The next dinner focuses on the Obsidian/Tricycle Wine Company and is held on January 15th.
The Shallow Shaft
10199 E Hwy 210, Alta, UT 84092
Kiler Grove Wine Dinner
On January 23rd hit up South Jordan’s The Wild Rose restaurant for a dinner focused on local wine maker, Kiler Grove.
Tickets for the four course meal with pairings is priced at a miserly $45 for both the food and wine ($15 less without wine). Dishes served include a Kurabuta Pork Belly with Kiler Grove 2010 Grenache and a Black Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna with Kiler Grove 2012 Trebbiano.
The Wild Rose
11516 S District Dr, South Jordan, UT 84095
Zepaltas Wine Dinner
A day later on January 24th, Finca rings in the new year highlighting Zepaltas wines with Ryan Zepaltass in attendance. In the spirit of the season, Finca/Pago sommelier Evan Lewandowski explained why the dinner is perfectly timed:
“It’s a bright and shiny brand new year and so many of you that have complicated your own (already complicated) existence with the burden of a lofty New Years Resolution.
Might we suggest a new resolve to simply drink better wine? Not necessarily more EXPENSIVE wine, just better wine. Wine that makes you reconsider what the word “good” truly means. Wine that is honest, true to its vines, its soil, the soul that cared for it from pruning all the way to the bottle. Commit to the farmer, to the family, to the little guy honestly pursuing their passion, their reverie for the ground and the grapevine./ Ryan Zepaltas IS that aforementioned “little guy,” the young, vibrant, and humbly passionate soul that seeks purity, honesty, and transparency in his craft”.
The menu for the evening includes Lamb + wood grilled lamb belly, mushroom duxelle, wild huckleberry paired with 2011 Pinot Noir and Wood grilled bavette steak, cabrales blue cheese butter, roasted potatoes
served with Zepaltas 2011 Syrah.
1291 S 1100 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84105
After all that, I wouldn’t blame you if you needed a break from vino for a day or three. If so, head to Downtown’s Kristaufs to change gears and learn how to make the perfect martini with Jill Christoffersen.
Kristauf’s Martini Bar
16 W Market St, Salt Lake City, UT
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