Wine And Wisdom In Salt Lake City

Hi folks! I’ve just returned from a weekend in lovely Salt Lake City where I attended the Build Your Blog Conference. My head is spinning and my to-do list is a mile long.

Build Your Blog Conference

The very, very best part of the trip was sharing it with my fabulous pals, Katie Clooney (Preppy Empty Nester) and Kelly McKenzie. Each of these ladies has written their take on the conference. After you finish enjoying my post, head over to Katie’s and Kelly’s for their story.

My assignment for the trip was to scope out restaurants. The sole criteria set forth by the gals was: a good wine list.

With the help of Open Table and a search for Notable Wine Lists in Salt Lake City, I came up with a couple of great places.

First up:

Martine Salt Lake City

The Martine Cafe, located at 22 East 100 South in downtown Salt Lake City, serves contemporary American food with influences from around the globe. The offerings range from bar bites and tapas to salads and entrees. The menu also includes a fixed price dinner of 3 or 4 courses.

The folks at Zagat called Martine Cafe the “best, most unique and innovative cooking in town” and called their wine list “imaginative”. 

The wine by the glass list is not terribly lengthy but there are some terrific wines to choose from.

I loved the 2013 Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir from Oregon. Katie ordered the 2013 Poseidon Chardonnay from Carneros (Napa/Sonoma) and Kelly enjoyed the 2013 Zepaltas Sauvignon Blanc from Lake County in Northern California.

Something for everyone!

The food and wine were exactly what we were looking for. And, the restaurant was only a short walk from the Little America Hotel in which we were staying.

The next night we headed to what Open Table called the #1 wine spot in Salt Lake City.

BTG Wine Bar Salt Lake City

Excuse me, BTG Wine Bar

Does your sign say that you have OVER 80 wines available by the glass?!?!?!?!

Ummm… Can I live at your restaurant?

The BTG Wine Bar (located at 63 West 100 South in downtown Salt Lake City) does indeed have over 80 wines on their list. Every single one of these wines is offered in a 2 ounce pour, a 5 ounce pour and by the bottle. Check out the wine list on the restaurant’s website.

The wine list also includes approximately 25 flights to choose from.

For those unfamiliar with the term, a wine flight is a tasting of several wines (usually 3) in smaller pours. Flights are presented with the lightest wine on the left, progressing to the heaviest wine on the far right. They are a great way to try three different wines rather than committing to a full glass of one particular wine.

The beauty of BTG Wine Bar’s 2 ounce pour is that diners can create their very own flight, which is exactly what I did.

BTG Wine Bar make your own wine flight

My flight was made up of:

  • 2009 Soter Estate “White Label” Pinot Noir from the Yamhill-Carlton area of the Willamette Valley in Oregon
  • 2012 Duckhorn Merlot from Napa Valley
  • 2010 Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon from the Howell Mountain area of Napa Valley

Win! Win! Win!

Katie and Kelly went with white wines: the 2014 Delaporte Sancerre from France and the 2013 Mer Soleil Gold Reserve Chardonnay from the Santa Lucia Highlands area of Monterey County, California.

The BTG Wine Bar offers a few small bites but diners can also order any of the scrumptious Italian dishes from their sister restaurant, Caffé Molise.

We spent hours playing hooky from the conference enjoying the BTG Wine Bar. It was a night to remember and one which we will think of each time we use our souvenir wine glasses.

BTG Wine Bar

Even the Lucky H Bar & Grille in the Little America Hotel had a decent wine list. We spent a lot an appropriate amount of time in the hotel bar. The wines of choice:

  • Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay from California
  • Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay from Sonoma
  • Fleur de California Pinot Noir

(Note that no vintages were listed. This usually means you are drinking the most recent vintage.)

Our one teeny, tiny wine fail from the weekend occurred on our final night at the HUGE EPIC AFTER-PARTY GALA.

At registration, we were each given one drink ticket to be used at this HUGE EPIC AFTER-PARTY GALA.

Katie, Kelly and I joked that we should collect tickets from the teetotalers in the crowd. No point in those tickets going unused…

dressed up for the Gala

A stop for a photo at the “step and repeat” and then we were off to the bar to redeem our tickets. We had worked hard and were ready for a little glass of celebration.

That’s when the ugly rumor started circulating the room.

“The drink ticket covers a glass of flavored soda. No wine is being served.”


Not good.

Immediately after dinner we scurried off to the comfort of the Lucky H Bar (not so much the Grill part, just the Bar), spending the rest of the evening celebrating and reviewing what we learned over the weekend. Joined by some new blogging pals, we toasted to a successful conference.

But alas, all good things must come to an end.

When the hotel bar staff starts to recognize you and greets you with, “Ladies, will you be having the usual?”, it might be time to pack up and head home.

Have no fear, Salt Lake City – we will be back! I’m especially talking to you, BTG Wine Bar!

How about you? Have you ever been to a place with such a large wine-by-the-glass menu? Do you like wine flights?

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  1. Ok. Now you are a bunch of ladies that would be FUN to hang with!!!!! I’m a cabernet ho and your listings were fabulous!!! I’ve just spent entirely too much time looking at their flights without the benefit of tasting….my mouth is watering!!!
    Ya’ll are a delight!!
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  2. Oh you did us proud, Mo! Love this. I am so very impressed with your recall as well. You were paying attention. I learned so much from you on the wine front and I am the first to say I’d never heard of flights – other than the aircraft variety – before.
    Thank you again for the wine glass. In typical humble Mo fashion I see you neglected to mention that you orchestrated that gift. It was and will be treasured.
    I still am astounded with the reality of the fruit flavoured soda. So glad you and Katie experienced it as well, or I’d be sure I dreamed it …
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  3. Mind you one glass of fruit flavoured soda water is likely more than enough; hence clever party planners giving one ticket to each person. 😆

  4. Sounds like a lot of fun; especially to meet some online friends IRL. There’s nothing like face time.
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  5. Mo… great post, as always. I’m glad you can remember what I drank, because I sure don’t. I love me glass and will probably use it tonight because it is TGIF!! It’s amazing how great your recall is and I didn’t see you take one note!! You are amazing. Can’t wait ’til you come back to Beantown. I need some Mo time. Have a good weekend.

  6. Ok how do we not know one another? We have so many of the same blogging friends. Headed over here from Kelly’s place and see all these people I know. I’m going to fix that!
    So glad you enjoyed the conference and got to meet friends in real. Such a magical experience! 80 wines sold by the glasses? AWESOME. I want to go! Also I had to giggle at your comment about the drink tickets. They do that at BlogU and I always find a couple of friends who are willing to give me their tickets (shhh).
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    • Hopefully, at BlogU, the tickets can be redeemed for something other than flavored soda. Who knew that we’d have to use the criteria “serves wine at after-party” to decide if a conference is worth attending!? It was a delight beyond measure to meet our pal Kelly in person. I’ve visited your site before but definitely not often enough. So, I’m going to fix that! Have a great weekend!
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  7. I loved seeing pics of you gals over that weekend, and I am not at all surprised to hear that wine was involved! I’ve had beer flights, but not wine flights. That might be good for me – smaller glasses to try without committing to a full one.
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  8. Ha ha ha —> “When the hotel bar staff starts to recognize you and greets you with, “Ladies, will you be having the usual?”, it might be time to pack up and head home.”

    I’m not sure I knew what a wine flight was, so thanks for the education!
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  9. i’ve gone to SLC once on a roadtrip with my parents and i distinctly remember that there was no alcohol served at any of the restaurants we went to. either times have changed or we were going to the wrong places! i need to go back!

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