Park City • Midway resident Pamela Wood formed the Park City Wine Club last July because she wanted to use her skills as a certified wine sommelier to not only share the joy of wines, but also to give something back to the community.
"Working in the food and beverage industry just didn't appeal tome, but the idea of setting up a wine club did," Wood said during an interview with The Park Record.
In eight months, the club's membership has reached more than 240 and is growing every day. Because of Utah liquor laws, the wine club events are not open to the public. But anyone 21 and older can join for $25 per person, Wood said. Visit parkcitywineclub.com for details.
On Thursday, the club is hosting a screening of the 2008 film "Bottle Shock," at the Egyptian Theatre.
"Bottle Shock" is a comedy-drama directed by Randall Miller and starring Alan Rickman and Chris Pine, recounts what the worldwide wine community dubbed the "Judgment of Paris" in 1976 where California wines defeated French wines in blind taste tests.
"In order to become a sommelier, you have to understand French history, and the Judgment of 1976 was a big part of that history," Wood said. "It didn't make the French too happy when the California wines Montelena Chardonnay and the Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon won in blind tastings in every category for both white and red wines.
"So this is a pretty big part of wine history, and it's what put California, as well as the United States, on the map as being a recognized, worldwide competitive winemaker," Wood said. "In fact, the contest was repeated in 2006 and the California wines won again."
"Bottle Shock" made its debut at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and screened in the Egyptian Theatre, so it was a bit serendipitous when Wood met the film's producers, Marc and Brenda Lhormer, during this year's Sundance Film Festival.
"Marc and Brenda are the founders of the Napa Valley Film Festival in California," Wood said. "During one of our discussions, I found out they were the producers of 'Bottle Shock,' and I thought it would be a nice idea to screen the film in Park City again and raise money for the Egyptian Theatre.
"I also thought it would be great if Brenda and Marc would be able to come out for the event," she said.
The Lhormers will introduce "Bottle Shock" at the March 28 screening and will hold a question-and-answer session at the conclusion of the film.
"The Park City Wine Club has been growing at a rapid pace and I keep trying to find new and exciting venues to keep the members entertained as well as give back to the community," Wood said.
Wine club benefit
The Park City Wine Club will hold a fundraiser for the Egyptian Theatre. It includes a screening of the 2008 film "Bottle Shock" followed by a question and answer period with Marc and Brenda Lhormer, founders of the Napa Valley Film Festival in California. Prize drawing before the show.
When • Thursday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.
Where • Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., Park City
Cost • $10; purchase at parkcityshows.com. Must be a wine club member to attend.
Details • parkcitywineclub.com