As with most things in life, practice makes perfect. Apparently, learning how to sabre champagne bottles is no exception to this rule.
Recently, I was lucky enough to have the pleasure of spending the day at St. Regis in Deer Valley where I receive not only a lesson on their traditional method of opening bottles of bubbly but also joined a Blood Mary-making class for our group.
Each one of the St. Regis locations adds a little unique (and local) flavor to their version of the Bloody Mary. St. Regis Deer Valley has named their cocktail 7452 for the elevation at the bar in the hotel and uses black salt on the rim to represent the town’s mining history. Here in Park City the signature drink is made using High West 7000 vodka which is distilled just down the street. It’s served with a pipet (medical dropper) filled with a spicy concoction to add as you desire. Tastebuds were delighted by the Eggs Benedict Buffet made personally by Chef Chip McMullin. Along with our drinks, this seriously was a brunch fit for a queen.
Our afternoon class gave each of us the opportunity to understand sabrage. The lesson took place outside on the lawn where they had chilled bottles of sparkling cider. Surprisingly, the actual sabre is not extremely sharp but it is heavy. The key is looking for the seam in the glass which is the weakest point of the bottle. After three attempts (which is captured for posterity on video), I was successful in my endeavors and passed this class with flying colors! To celebrate our newly acquired knowledge, we enjoyed mussels and champagne near the fireplace inside while a yoga class took place on the patio outside. This is the life…
Last summer, I stayed in one of the lovely rooms here when my mom, sister, and niece came to visit and I had a wonderful stay-cation with them. It is within walking distance to Deer Valley’s outdoor summer concerts where you can bring your own picnic and wine. The amphitheater is open seating so get there early, bring a blanket and enjoy a night under the stars. Concerts on Wednesday are free but there are also concerts on Saturdays as well as a Summer Music Festival. Be sure to check out the lineup this year.
Whether you are outside enjoying the fire garden, relaxing in the spa, enjoying the fireplace in the lobby, or playing in the pool, the St. Regis deserves the reputation it has for providing guests with the finest amenities.