The Fox School of Wine’s “educational happy hour” is ready for a relaunch after taking a summer and fall break due to the coronavirus.
The Weekend Wine Series will once again start its weekly courses at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19, at Deer Valley’s Silver Baron Lodge, said Kirsten Fox, an executive sommelier and the wine school’s headmistress.
“When all of Park City got shut down in mid-March, we went to an online format, and had fun until early June,” Fox said. “After that, I decided we weren’t going to open for live classes, because the (social distancing) rules kept changing every two weeks.”
After monitoring the situation over the summer and fall and keeping tabs on guidelines set by the Summit County Health Department, Fox felt she could begin hosting classes again at the Silver Baron Lodge.
“They are opening up their 200-person meeting space, so we will be in a space that is huge with high ceilings,” she said. “We are so grateful to them for doing this, and I feel comfortable that the students and staff will be as safe as possible during this continuing pandemic.”
All classes, which will begin with one titled “Faves of the Headmistress,” sells out at 22 people, so there will be ample space to socially distance, Fox said.
“In addition to the 22 students, we’ll include the professor, my assistant and me,” she said. “Everyone will be seated in different areas at a minimum of 6 feet apart, and we’ll all wear masks when we’re not seated or tasting the wines. It’s the safe way we can gather, have fun, taste some wine and learn a little bit on a Saturday night.”
The class curriculum will remain the same, according to Fox.
Each class will run from 6-7 p.m., and students will showcase five wines based on a weekly theme.
“At the end of the classes we will host a blind tasting,” she said. “We do this so the higher-level students, who are trying to test their palates and learn more about the nuances of flavors and aromas, can hone their skills and see if they can guess the wine.”
The winter classes, which will run through the end of March, are open to anyone aged 21 and older, and registration is open at foxschoolofwine.com.
“All the classes are on our homepage calendar, so people can click on the ones that interest them to buy tickets,” Fox said.
In addition to the in-person Weekend Wine Series classes, Fox School of Wine also offers 30-minute pre-recorded classes, and live-and-private virtual parties.
“We only have one on-demand prerecorded class, and we’re working on more,” Fox said.
The one available is titled “Inexpensive, but Impressive Wine Gifts” that comes complete with a shopping list, she said.
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