Old Town Cellars, known as “the official wine of après,” is a winery located at the bottom of Main Street in Park City. The mission at Old Town Cellars (OTC) is to create approachable wines and to serve and sell them in a laid-back and inviting atmosphere. No wine snobbery allowed. Says OTC co-founder Stephen MacKay, “Starting a winery has been stressful enough. Let’s not make drinking wine stressful, too.” Amen to that!
OTC blends wines on the premises in Park City using juice from Oregon. So, technically their wines are Oregonian, not Utahn, but who cares? Drink them and enjoy.
And that’s what I did with this week’s Sip selection. I enjoyed a very appealing wine – and the most popular – from OTC’s varied wine offerings. The current OTC lineup includes two white wines, four reds and Townie Rosé 2017 ($18.99).
Townie Rosé is an interesting Provencal-style Rosé wine that is crisp, bright and perfect for the waning days of summer. Among the grape varietals that make up the wine are Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Gris. It’s a high-acidity wine that would pair well with a wide range of foods – a versatile Rosé that can partner with everything from sushi and pizza to burgers and grilled chicken.
Here’s a fun fact: You can actually purchase wine by the bottle at Old Town Cellars on SUNDAYS. What? Yep, it’s true. In addition to being able to sell wine on other days of the week, OTC has a special dispensation to sell their wines on Sundays, as well. That’s something to keep in mind next time you run out of wine on a Sunday.
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.