It's not a secret that there are plenty of places to get a great glass of wine in Park City. However, there is only one place in Utah with a wine collection this varied that offers a blind tasting with a certified Sommelier.
Where – Stein Eriksen Lodge.
What – 1hr Private Blind Tasting with Sommelier
When – Offered at 4 or 5 PM Daily, Reservation Required
Who – Up to 20 Guests
Right from the start, the experience had my attention and was exciting. After checking in and being welcomed by Sommelier, Jim Dahlgren, my guest and I were escorted to an unexpected area of the property and brought to an unmarked door, only to find one of Utah’s most extensive wine cellars.
With over 15,000 bottles of wine and 12,000 different selections, it is not a surprise that the wine cellar at Stein Eriksen Lodge is the largest in the state. After entering, Jim gave a brief history of the collection and how it has grown over the years, as well as a quick overview of the system in which they keep track of over a 1 Million dollars’ worth of wine.
Afterward, we moved to the back room of the cellar where we each had six glasses of wine and a charcuterie board waiting. I had selected the Blind Tasting option and had two white and four red wines pre-selected by the Sommelier to taste together.
I must say, this can be for all levels of experience, from new fans of wine to experienced wine enthusiasts. I have been enjoying wine for some time and was very excited to have the opportunity to spend an hour with a sommelier. However, while my appreciation of wine is great, my knowledge is not as vast. Fortunately, Jim, was a great host and answered every question I had. Additionally, I was able to learn some tasting techniques and what it meant when certain sensations occurred while sipping wine.
As a group we worked our way through each glass, discussing the color, aroma, taste, and the finish of each one. I asked basic questions while my guest asked more advanced questions, which worked out great for me as I learned a lot. Additionally, the three of us discussed our individual tastes and each of our progressions into the wines we usually prefer to drink.
After discussing our thoughts about the last glass, it was time for the big reveal. This was my first time participating in a blind tasting, and I really enjoyed the experience of guessing what varietals of wine were in each glass. Additionally, after each wine was revealed, Jim gave a little more insight into each wine and the location it was from.
The behind the scenes look into the wine cellar and opportunity to taste with a certified Sommelier was fantastic.
The selection was amazing, and I enjoyed each wine very much, some more than others, but definitely tasted some new wines I will consider in the future.
I loved how conversational this experience was, even though I learned a lot, it didn't feel like a lecture or class.
Dress warm, the tasting lasts an hour inside the wine cellar, where it is kept at a cool 55 degrees Fahrenheit to keep the wine at perfect temperature.
Don't be shy, take advantage of being with a certified sommelier and ask questions.
This was an awesome experience to do as a couple, however, it would also be great for a group of wine loving friends. My advice would be to have a small group so everyone can participate in the same conversation.
For those new to wine, this will be a fun and unique learning experience. For those who are passionate about wine, the Blind Tasting is an amazing opportunity to talk about wine and test your skills!
If you are looking for a unique experience on your next holiday in Park City, or want to add a little more to a celebratory dinner, look no further, as this will surely be one of the memorable moments you will want to relive and share with others.
To make a reservation, call Giltretind Restaurant at (435) 645-6455.