Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Park City, Utah-White Party, Hiking, and Labor Day

This past Labor Day we chose to spend it with good friends who have a fabulous home in the mountains right above the town of Park City! Flying into Salt Lake City had a new meaning for us as we had just seen the Book of Mormon two nights before we left for Utah. I must say I was shocked most of the time during this production, but that's just me! My daughter and her friend got more laughs from the looks on our faces than the actual show on stage. Well, that's neither here nor there as they say! We do hope that Wendi had a memorable birthday evening.

At the home of the John and Tina, we had a luxurious bedroom suite, wonderful fellowship, and awesome wines. We arrived late in the evening just in time to attend a second annual White Party hosted by some local transplants of whom we are friends.

That's the house with the green roof!
The second evening we ate at a restaurant in town called Silver. Here are the two wines we enjoyed there.

Chateau Faugeres Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2010 ($45). Layers of blackberry and plum sauce with a long finish make this wine a must. It was rated in the 90's. I loved this wine.

The other wine we had was a 2011 Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay ($68) by Ram's Gate in Sonoma. We love this wine and the winery-it's is beautiful and is a must when in Sonoma.

One evening after hiking in Sundance, we had several couples over for a Labor Day cookout. Here are some of the wines they brought to share with everyone.

We contributed to the evening with a 2008 Lancaster Estate Bottled Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($75) from Sonoma County. This is an amazing winery with fabulous wines. This was given a 94 by Robert Parker. Even the Real Housewives of New Jersey think so! They filmed an episode in the vineyards at Lancaster Estates. 


The next wine I took a picture of was a 2011 Bogle Petite Sirah ($10) from California. The Frugal Wine Snob blog is attached to the name. Check it out. They HIGHLY RECOMMEND this wine and say there is nothing petite about this wine except the grape!

One of the couples brought a 2011 Uvaggio Vermentino ($14) from Lodi, California. The name is Italian and means a really good wine made by two hip wine lovers! HAHA! Vermentino is becoming the popular white grape to grow in certain regions of Tuscany. The Reverse Wine Snob gives an excellent write-up about this wine.

The next wine is a 2012 Jacob's Creek Chardonnay ($14) from Australia. This is a medium-bodied Chardonnay with lemon, ripe peach, melon and subtle oak flavors. A well-balanced, fruit driven wine. I love Chardonnays if they aren't very oaky!

One couple brought a Ravenswood 2011 Vintners Blend Old Vine Zinfandel  ($10). We don't normally drink or buy Zinfandels, but this is a big red wine with dark berry fruit and nice tannin structure.

The last wine shared was from the home owner's cellar. They had had this wine at our wedding in January and loved it. It was a 2005 Chateau La Gurgue Margaux ($53) from France. It is a dark red color with aromas of red fruits and spices, a wine of great elegance.

Enjoy any of these wines!