Dancin’ at Sundance; Four Daughters to be official wine provider of film festival

Published 11:06 am Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Four Daughters Big Boy Blend, one of the winery's premier wines. -- Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

The Four Daughters Big Boy Blend, one of the winery’s premier wines. — Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

Four Daughters is about to kick it with the Sundance Kid.

Mower County’s Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery is returning to the Sundance Film Festival, this year as the Sundance Institute’s official wine provider for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Jan 21-31 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Sundance and Ogden, Utah.

“We’re all very excited about this, it’s not something that happen every day,” said winemaker Justin Osborne.

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This is the first year Four Daughters is serving the Sundance Institute’s independent filmmakers and film talent in an official capacity, which the winery’s owners call a massive honor for a business that is about five years old.

Justin Osborne and Vicky and Gary Vogt of Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery pose for a photo at the Sundance FIlm Festival in Utah last year. -- Photo provided

Justin Osborne and Vicky and Gary Vogt of Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery pose for a photo at the Sundance FIlm Festival in Utah last year. — Photo provided

“We’re thrilled to be a part of the amazing group of Sundance Institute partners,” said Four Daughters co-owner Vicky Vogt in a press release. “We have loved the Festival and Park City for years and are very pleased that as an independent winery, we can help support independent film and the vision of the Festival and Institute.”

Festival goers will have the opportunity to sample Four Daughters wines at dozens of festival functions in Park City and Salt Lake City. Those events and receptions will range from intimate groups of a few people to parties with hundreds of people.

”Our wine is being served at all of those,” Osborne said.

“It’s exciting, it’s a big opportunity,” he added.

During last year’s Sundance, Four Daughters brought its wines to private events in Park City, Utah. It also served its wines at the 2015 Universal Music Group’s Country Music Awards after-party and various events during the 2015 SXSW film festival.

While Osborne said that’s led to the winery shipping out some bottles of its wine, expanding Four Daughter’s reach to places like Utah or Los Angeles. To Osborne, it’s more about showing the quality of the wine and that it’s being poured at classy, well-known events.

“It just kinds of lets the public know that we’re doing good things at the winery, that we have a quality product,” Osborne said.

As Four Daughters’ winemaker, Osborne admits it can be a bit daunting to know that many of the people trying the win at Sundance have sophisticated palates.

But it wasn’t difficult for Osborne to help pick out the wine to send, and he said he was confident their work would hold up.

“I think that just reflects positively on us and the winery and the level of quality that working to attain,” he said

About 5,640 glasses of Four Daughters wine will be served at the festival. Four Daughters will bring its following wines: Big Boy, Marquette, Chad’s Folly and its Moscato.

Four Daughters is an award-winning family business owned by Vicky and her husband, Gary Vogt, who started the winery as lifelong wine lovers, but also as a way “to bring my kids home — that was the idea,” Vicky said in a press release. The plan worked, and many family members now work at the winery, helping to turn out the high-quality varietals. Four Daughters has won awards like the Minnesota Governor’s Cup trophy at the 2012 International Cold Climate Wine Competition (ICCWC) with the vineyard’s 2011 La Crescent, which also took home the “Best of Show” award for the top white wine.

Along with its winery and six-acre vineyard, Four Daughters has production areas, event center, a restaurant and a tasting room at its site just east of Grand Meadow.

The winery produces its Four Daughters wines, Sunflake wines and Loon Juice hard cider.

Four Daughters winemaker Justin Osborne. -- Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

Four Daughters winemaker Justin Osborne. — Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

Four Daughters’ Sundance File Festival wines

Four Daughters and winemaker Justin Osborne provided the description of the wines.

Big Boy

Intense, fruity, and unabashedly big, the Big Boy Blend will never be subtle.

Winemaker’s Notes: Big Boy version 4.0! This ever-popular red features more zinfandel than in years past. Technically a varietal zinfandel, most of these grapes come from Lodi, California, probably among the most famous zin growing regions in the country. This meritage features is a little Marquette, Frontenac and cabernet blended in as well.


Old world style Marquette with supple tannins, good body and length, and notes of dried fruit and spices.

Winemaker’s notes: The 2013 vintage represents a big step up for Marquette in the realm of tannin structure. Marquettes have always been thin with little body or length, but the 2013 is a legitimate “medium bodied” red wine. How we did it is a secret.

Chad’s Folly

A nice, dry white with a lot to pay attention to. Very slight sweetness, tempered acidity, mild tannin profile with a hint of minerality, and notes of peach, honey, yarrow, and orange zest.

Winemaker’s notes: The second installment of Chad’s Folly is our driest white wine to date. It comes in at 0.8 percent residual sugar, which is roughly 1/17th the sugar found in most fruit juices. This wine makes an excellent companion to light fare.


Sweet and flavorful, this refreshing wine has tropical flavors to spare.

Winemaker’s notes: This edition of our Moscato is more complex than in years past. A higher alcohol content, more depth of flavor, and a more robust tannin profile give the Moscato a touch more elegance and refinement.

For more, visit www.fourdaughtersvineyard.com.