Kirsten Fox, Headmistress
Growing up in La Jolla, California, Kirsten Henry Fox (below left) began her wine education watching her mom and dad enjoy wine with dinner. She moved to Park City, Utah, and began working in corporate group sales at Deer Valley Resort in 1998. She didn't really catch the wine bug until in 2004 when her sister, Sara Ann Henry, opened the Art of Wine in Park City, Utah, where they both lived. In order to bring wine lovers regularly into her retail store, Sara began offering short, fact-filled classes with tastes of five, reasonably-priced wines. With a background in public speaking, Kirsten saw the opportunity to learn a bit more about wines while helping Sara as a substitute teacher. Pow!
The earth, family wineries, grapes, history... Kirsten fell in love with the subject of wine. In 2008, Sara moved to Napa Valley, and Kirsten was left without a venue to continue tasting and learning. So she opened Fox School of Wine in October 2008, passed the Society of Wine Educators' Certified Specialist of Wine exam in April 2009, joined the American Association of Wine Economists in 2010, passed the Level 1 Sommelier exam by the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2011, published her first book in January 2012, became a certified Executive Sommelier in 2014 and is offering classes and training, this time with the possibility of detention for bad students. Her newest book, The Profitable Wine List, for casual to mid-level restaurant owners and managers, is available on Amazon.
Daniel Ramirez, Professor
Daniel grew up in gorgeous locations like Cancun, Acapulco and Ixtapa, as his father was in the hospitality industry. He began his own career in restaurants in Mazatlan when he was 16. He soon moved into the resort world and began studying wine at Pueblo Bonito at Emerald Bay. There, he was promoted to wine steward and Sommelier. He was part of the opening team at three-diamond Fellini's in Cabo San Lucas. He moved to Utah in 2007 where he is a restaurant manager, wine educator and father to his beautiful little girl Aubrey.
Mike Szczesny, Professor
Mike Szczesny has been a student of many things, but wine has been the subject that has most completely and enduringly captured his attention. After being introduced to wine while studying abroad in Europe, he became fascinated by the many forms wine could take in the many places it is produced. After several careers, Mike returned to work in the hospitality industry and found that introducing people to new adventures in wine is one of the most enjoyable things a person could get paid to do. He now does that full time, working for a wine brokerage firm by day and teaching wine classes by night. Mike has passed the Certified Sommelier (Level 2) examination from the Court of Master Sommeliers and has also earned the Certified Specialist of Wine designation from the Society of Wine Educators. When not talking about wine, he can be found on a bike or on his skis.
Tom Martin, Professor
Humbled by his ignorance of wine when planning a “gourmet” dinner for a 2004 school auction, Tom Martin began a course of learning. Starting with an online course on Tuscan wine followed by a study trip to the Chianti Classico region, Tom quickly became a fan of Tuscan and then other wines of Italy. He began part-time work in wine shops in the metro Washington, DC, area and led weekend tastings for customers and staff. A 10-week wine steward’s class in 2005 introduced Tom to wines from around the globe. In 2009, he completed another weeks-long study and passed the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Advanced Certificate exam with merit. Before relocating to Park City, Tom worked with a highly respected woman of wine, Cecle Giannangeli, owner of finewine.com. Classes and assisting customers with selections deepened his understanding of wines. In Park City, Tom undertook a course of study offered by the French Wine Society and Tom passed, again with honors as a French Wine Scholar (FWS) and subsequently became an FWS Alsace Master. In addition to teaching about wine, Tom shares knowledge of cheese and charcuterie with customers of The Market at Snow Creek and about culinary arts at the Salt Lake Culinary Center.
Pamela Wood, Professor
Living in Midway, Utah, Pamela Wood enjoys the outdoors, from golf, hiking, camping, and skiing to travel. Her passions are travel, wine, and enjoying time with her husband, not necessarily in that order. She was certified a Sommelier in the summer of 2011 by the International Wine Guild and she owns and leads the Park City Wine Club. Pamela works at both Deer Valley Resort and Glenwild Golf Club and Spa, covering two of her passions. In the summer months Pamela has a craft and home decor business "Touch of the Tropics" and you may have seen her booth at the Park Silly Sunday Markets.