In early December 2015, Silver Star Café in Park City launched two private wine labels. The new wines include a Dry Riesling and Tempranillo crafted by winemaker Doug McCombs of Cedar City’s IG Winery. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the private label wines go to Park City’s Arts Kids program, a non-profit after-school arts program.
Silver Star Café co-owners Lisa Ward and Jeff Ward explain about the program, “We wanted to offer wines that are interesting and approachable, without being too exclusive—great table wines that complement our guests’ dining experience. And we wanted to keep it completely local.”
The idea for the private label wines originated with Silver Star Café’s General Manager Jeff LaBounty who put the Wards in touch with IG Winery. McCombs worked with the Wards to create a hand-crafted signature blend and a single varietal which are then blended, bottled and cellared in Utah.
The grapes for the Dry Riesling ($35/bottle, $7.50/glass) are sourced from the Rogue Valley in the southwestern corner of Oregon, just 50 miles from the Pacific coast. The wine is a blend of 90% Dry Riesling and 10% Chardonnay. It is crisp and dry, with flavors of grapefruit, lemon, apricot, Granny Smith apple and a hint of eucalyptus.
The Tempranillo ($49/bottle, $11/glass) is made from 100% Tempranillo grapes grown in Paso Robles, California. It has a rich burgundy color in the glass, with flavors of butter and dark cherry, raspberry, black currant, cassis, mint and graphite, with a touch of leather and just the right amount of oak and cedar.
The new wines also bring together original art and arts education for children. Each label displays original art works from Salt Lake City-based artist Stacy Phillips. “We spent an afternoon in her studio looking at dozens of her gorgeous original paintings, and selected two for our wine labels,” Lisa Ward recalls. Salt Lake City photographer Austen Diamond photographed the paintings, and the photos were then used by Park City graphic artist Dave Napiwocki to design the labels.
A portion of every purchase of the wines go to Arts Kids, an after-school program that helps children facing adversity express themselves through artistic expression, teach positive life skills and creativity and fosters confidence and self-esteem. There is no cost to the child, but the expense associated with each child’s participation is approximately $150. The Wards are excited that in mid-January the restaurant met its first donation goal and they were able to present the Arts Kids program with an initial check for the first youth participant. Silver Star Café has set a goal of sponsoring five children and youth this year.
So the next time you’re looking to dine in Park City, head up to Silver Star Café and raise a glass to help local kids.
1825 Three Kings Drive
Park City, Utah