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Park City gets its first winery; expect first bottles by July

Cognition Winery hopes to have wine available by July.

First Published May 28 2014 03:45 pm • Last Updated May 29 2014 12:35 pm

It’s home to several breweries and a whiskey distillery — now Park City finally has its own winery.

Cognition Winery received a wine-manufacturing license and a package-agency license from the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (UDABC) this week. The package license allows the winery to sell its products on-site, and customers will be able to sample before buying.

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Cognition, east of Highway 40, is Utah’s 13th winery, said Abe Kader, a compliance officer with the UDABC.

Owner/winemaker Dennis Romankowski told the state liquor commission that he will bring grape juice from California, Washington and Oregon to produce his wine.

Initially, he plans to offer a sauvignon blanc and a blend of merlot and cabernet franc. Later, he said, he hopes to increase production and create other French and Italian blends.

Romankowski’s fascination with wine began while working in his father-in-law’s restaurant, Gucci’s, and later Miglio’s in Sandy — the current Tiburon location. He studied to be a sommelier and then did internships at vineyards and wineries in California, Italy and France.

"Having a winery has been a dream of mine," he told the board, adding that the operation will start small. "I only have one tank and 1,400 square feet."

Romankowski said he hopes to have wine available by July.

Having a winery is a natural fit for Park City, said Jodie Rogers, the executive chef at Deer Valley Snow Park Lodge and president of the Park City Area Restaurant Association.

"We’re all up here for food and wine and this goes hand in hand with all the fabulous restaurants we have," she said.

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"I hope the owner is excited to work with the hundreds of restaurants here. I hope he has enough grapes."


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