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Survival Guide to Sundance: Screens, Slopes & Wine

This month, the 10-day celebrity-studded, independent Sundance Film Festival (Jan 18-28) commences in Park City, Utah.  A magical spot for movie fans and adventure lovers alike, below is our essential checklist for this winter cinematic playground featuring Francis Ford Coppola Winery wines.

Meet Us At Sundance: 

  • For intimate live music and sips, festival credential holders can drop by Sundance ASCAP Music Café serving pours from our Diamond Collection alongside Rosso & Bianco.
  • From January 19-28, visit us in the Festival Co-Op to experience our new branded film, The Red Stain (La Macchia Rossa) – an Italian caper with intrigue, romance and underground boxing. Guests will sip Peet’s coffee, find special photo opps and meet our new Diamond Collection Pavilion Chardonnay, a bold white wine with old world crispness and a rich, vanilla finish.
  • For an exclusive taste of Coppola wines, Chase Sapphire Card holders are invited to the card’s Main Street lounge.

Feast and Sip: Looking for a glass of Coppola wine with your meal?  Below, your best bets around town.

  • With a family friendly spread of tacos and nachos, the Promontory’s Shed Bar also pours several Coppola wines (there’s also bowling, pool and a screening room).
  • At the base of Canyons Resort, Drafts Burger Bar hosts a lineup of pizzas and burgers like the ‘Italian Stallion’ with tomato bruschetta and basil pesto.
  • For the classics, Christopher’s Seafood and Prime Steakhouse serves wedge salads and prime rib (and afterwards, lively tunes at the Piano Bar).
  • Along Main Street, the airy, brick-exposed Riverhorse doles out hearty lobster pot pie and bone-in ribeye steaks – best enjoyed with a red varietal. And, don’t pass up the blueberry cobbler.
  • At Hotel Park City, watch the skiers at Ruth’s Chris as you nosh on New Orleans-style barbequed shrimp and sizzling blue crab cakes.
  • Find tasty pappardelle bolognese, homemade ravioli and arugula-anchovy pizza at the mainstay, Ghidotti’s.  
  • For a taste of the east coast, Maxwell’s includes Philly cheesecake sandwiches and thin-crust pizzas like the The Godfather, tossed with mozzarella, provolone, ricotta, goat cheese and sundried tomato and pairing well with a glass of Rosso.

 Plan Your Trip: Four Insider Tips

Early Bird Catches The Worm
Like all good plans, figure out what movies you want to see and don’t forget the lesser-known titles. While the party set is sleeping, attend early morning premieres.

Skip the Car, Take the Free Shuttle
There’s no need to rent a car, opt for the fastest and most economical way aboard the free Sundance shuttle, which moves in between venues.

Check out the latest technology
Tech-lovers can’t miss the New Frontier (open to credential holders) and showcasing a new slate of VR, MR and AI including a 40-seat mobile VR cinema, bar and café.

Don’t Forget To Hit the Slopes
Sure, you are here to see movies but remember, Park City has some of the best skiing and snowboarding around. For easy access, Park City Mountain Resort hosts a run ending in town, giving you access to slopes, screens and people-watching.

If you can’t make it…

Don’t worry; we have plenty of options to live the movie magic. Want the best seats in the house? Tune into to watch the five finalist videos from the Francis Coppola Director’s Short Film Competition (the winner will be announced in a special ceremony at Sundance on Friday night). We’ll also be posting photos, videos and other updates from the festival.  And, of course, you’re invited to follow our Sundance adventure us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.