The fall colors in the Wasatch won't be around for long so take a drive up to Alta, take in the scenery before it fades to white, and learn a bit about classical food and wine pairings. Alta Lodge hosts its final food and wine pairings weekend Oct.17 and 18. Classical guitarist Michael Lucarelli strums up Brazilian jazz at the opening reception from 6 -7 p.m. Settle in and prepare to dine on six courses with nine wines.

Signature menu items from Chef Paul Raddon will include creations like panko crusted filet of halibut with a pineapple reduction, mango vanilla bean sauce and toasted macadamia nuts, and roast prime rib of bison with a brandy peppercorn sauce and potatoes Chantilly.

Sommelier Scott Cunningham will guide diners through the evening with his entertaining flair for describing the unique aspects of each wine. You'll discover your own preferences for the wines selected for the demi entrées. You'll cap off the evening with a whiskey chocolate torte and a surprise dessert wine. A full breakfast is served from 8 -10 a.m. Sunday morning.

The wine pairings weekend package is priced at $125 per person, double occupancy for a standard room, plus $30 per person for the optional wine pairings.

Alta Lodge has also scheduled a winter event with Fisher Spring Mountain and Napa Valley vineyards during the first weekend of December-  Dec. 4-6, 2009.  Winemaker Juelle Lamb Fisher grew up in Salt Lake City skiing the slopes of Alta.  She met and married her husband Fred after graduating from the University of Utah and moving to California. Fisher Vineyards was launched in 1973. 

"I remember skiing at Alta when there was only one lift-the single chair Collins. None of the runs were groomed and there was always great fresh powder," reflected Fisher. "Today, I often think, when I walk to the top of our vineyard terraces, what a great journey it has been, from the pristine mountain air and skiing to the quietness of the early morning in our mountain vineyards."

The weekend starts Friday evening with a winemaker's reception.  After skiing on Saturday, there will be a vintner's dinner. Sunday is another ski day, with a break for lunch at the Lodge.  The three-day winter event includes lodging, breakfast, and dinner daily, opening reception, vintner's dinner and Sunday lunch.  The weekend event is open to non-skiers as well as skiers.  The cost for the extended weekend is $797 per person, double occupancy, or $1,154 single occupancy.  Tax and service charge are included; a "no wine" rate also is offered.

More information. Or call 800-707-2582.