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Whether you’re an aficionado or an amateur, our Trusted Expert-led year-round events are sure to please. Meet new people, try a new libation or two, and learn a few tricks about how you can take your knowledge of wines, beer, and spirits to the next level. Book early, tickets sell fast! Tickets will be emailed directly to your inbox as soon as your order is completed.

January 2018
SOLD OUT - Rum Master Class
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Sat, Jan 20, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

Join us as we whisk you away to warmer climates to explore rums from some of the world’s most highly regarded distilleries. This evening will leave you with not only a new appreciation for the delicate flavours in the glass, but also the stories and traditions behind each distillery. If you are a lover of great rum or know someone who is, you’ll want to make sure you reserve a seat for this event.  

$60.00

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Wine Basics - 6 Sunday Course
2:30 PM to 5:30 PM     Sun, Jan 21, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

Are you ready to delve into the wondrous world of wine?

Join our Trusted Expert Michael Bigattini and NEW co- host, Calgary’s very own, The Coach, Jamie Herbison,
from XL 103, as they lead you on a wine adventure that
will cover the basics of in a fun, interactive and inspiring series. Michael brings over 25+ years of experience and The Coach brings his lifelong passion for the world’s wine along with all that he learned during his three years as wine instructor at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science in Napa Valley, California.

With these two incredible instructors as your guides, you could not begin your wine education and appreciation in more perfect company. This program will cover the main regions, grapes and styles of the wines of the world. Both Michael and The Coach will share their personal stories and adventures as you explore, laugh and learn together throughout this enjoyable weekly course.

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Robbie Burns Day
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Thu, Jan 25, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

Celebrate Robbie Burns Night with us in true Scottish style with special guest host flying directly from Scotland, Scott Fraser from Tomatin. The evening will be filled with fun and tradition as stories, poems, music, haggis and of course great whisky will be shared and enjoyed. Raise a glass to Scotland’s most famous son!     

$35.00

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TasteDay Thursday Australian Cool Climate Wines
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Thu, Jan 25, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

For this TasteDay Thrusday we explore the cooler side of Australian wines. You can look forward to discovering how coastal breezes, inlets and an island affect what you taste in your glass. If you thought you knew Australian wines be ready be amazed by world class Cabernets, Rieslings, Sauvignon Blancs and Chardonnays to name a few.

$15.00

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SOLD OUT - Australian Connoisseur
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM     Fri, Jan 26, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

Join Fine Wine Director, Peter Smolarz as he leads you through an incredible lineup of some of Australia’s best wines. Peter will also share the story of each of the wines and their vintage along with his favourite collector tips for choosing wines for your own cellar. Included in the tasting will be the 100 point Penfolds Grange along with other top rated and hard to find wines.

Includes entry to Australian Festival.

$75.00

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SOLD OUT - VIP Australian Festival
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM     Fri, Jan 26, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

It may be still winter here but the sunny beaches of Australia are basking in the glorious rays of the summer sun and so we thought we’d celebrate summer Down Under by hosting an outstanding Australian Beach BBQ Festival. You’ll be delighted to try wines from Australia’s premium wine regions such as Margaret River, Adelaide Hills, the Barossa and Eden Valley. You’ll fall in love with puffy Pavlova, grilled burgers with pickled beets, spicy shrimp skewers and delicious meat pies, too. So, put away those winter boots and dig out your flip-flops for this fun night!

Be sure to join us on January 27th for our FREE Sunny Aussie Taste-to-Buy

$55.00

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SOLD OUT - Australian Festival
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Fri, Jan 26, 2018
Venue: Main Store Location, 10801 Bonaventure Dr SE, Calgary, AB
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

It may be still winter here but the sunny beaches of Australia are basking in the glorious rays of the summer sun and so we thought we’d celebrate summer Down Under by hosting an outstanding Australian Beach BBQ Festival. You’ll be delighted to try wines from Australia’s premium wine regions such as Margaret River, Adelaide Hills, the Barossa and Eden Valley. You’ll fall in love with puffy Pavlova, grilled burgers with pickled beets, spicy shrimp skewers and delicious meat pies, too. So, put away those winter boots and dig out your flip-flops for this fun night!

Be sure to join us on January 27th for our FREE Sunny Aussie In-Store Taste-to-Buy

$40.00

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Brewmaster Series Night 2
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Tue, Jan 30, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

Have you ever wondered not only how beer is made but who are the talent behind the scenes creating these wonderful elixirs? Well this is the beginning of an ongoing series where Dave the Beer Guy will introduce you to some of his best beer friends in the industry. Each Brewmaster will also share their own creations with you and lead you through a tasting that showcases how each beer showcases its individual personality in the glass.

Tonight Meet:

Shane Groendahl – Brewer, Blindman Brewing

Matt Willerton- Planner, Blindman Brewing 

$25.00

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Winter’s Spirit – Vodka Master Class
Wed, Jan 31, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

Warm up and learn all about winter’s most versatile spirit, vodka. As the most used spirit behind the bar, vodka has long been a mixologist favourite ingredient for cocktail creation but tonight you’ll explore the textures and flavours of this clear drink in an exciting blind tasting format. You’re sure to be blown away at how the base product of different vodkas such as potatos, grapes or grains can change your experience in the glass. You’ll also be treated to a collection of some of our favourite vodka cocktail libations.

$35.00

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February 2018
Rare Drams
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Thu, Feb 1, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

Join David Michiels, our very own scotch expert, as he invites you for a very special tasting of a selection of premium whiskies. This class will showcase some of the rarest and finest whiskies that David has to offer and will be an event not to be missed for all whisky enthusiasts. Don’t delay – this event will sell out quickly.

$150.00

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VIP Wine & Cheese
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM     Fri, Feb 2, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

We’re so excited to bring back for its second year our festival that brings together the worlds of wine and cheese in a way that you’ll be able to learn and taste like never before. Enjoy the world of cheese from Springbank Cheese Co. while you have fun getting your Wine & Cheese Passport stamped as you visit different areas of the world, all in the comfort of our Festival Cellar. If you love wine and cheese, or just want to discover more about it, you won’t want to miss this event that’s sure to become a winter tradition. 

Includes Early Entry into Festival at 6:30pm.

$65.00

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Wine & Cheese Festival
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Fri, Feb 2, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

We’re so excited to bring back for its second year our festival that brings together the worlds of wine and cheese in a way that you’ll be able to learn and taste like never before. Enjoy the world of cheese from Springbank Cheese Co. while you have fun getting your Wine & Cheese Passport stamped as you visit different areas of the world, all in the comfort of our Festival Cellar. If you love wine and cheese, or just want to discover more about it, you won’t want to miss this event that’s sure to become a winter tradition. 

$50.00

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Piedmonte Connoisseur Viberti Tasting
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM     Sat, Feb 3, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

Join us for an in-depth look at some of the most important wines of Northern Italy. The Viberti Family are well known for their family wines and their restaurant, Buon Padre where their commitment to quality food and wine is easily seen. Claudio Viberti, the youngest son of the Viberti Family has taken over the leadership of the company and is quickly creating a high quality environmentally focused winery. He has developed unique styles of Dolcetto and Barbera. The Barolo wines are built for the long term but not surprisingly are well matched even at a young age when paired with food.

$50

Cancelled Due to Travel Conflict

TasteDay Thursday Cognac & Armangnac Primer
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Thu, Feb 8, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

What is the difference between Cognac and Armagnac? Although both of these famous spirits are found in the South West corner of France they are incredibly different. Learn all about what makes them shine and why both should be part of any home bar. You will learn how to taste these special spirits and discover what to look for to determine the quality of these very special ‘eaux-de-vie’.

$15

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Remy Cognac Connoisseur Tasting
5:30 PM to 9:00 PM     Fri, Feb 9, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

Dive deep into the world's most famous Cognac house with one of Remy's knowledgeable brand ambassadors. Taste through the Remy Martin Cognacs from the VSOP to the XO and discover how well Cognac pairs with certain foods. Our kitchen team will be offering some really special taste treats to enhance these special spirits.

Includes VIP Festival Entry

$55.00

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Cognac & Armagnac Festival
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Fri, Feb 9, 2018
Venue: Main Store Location, 10801 Bonaventure Dr SE, Calgary, AB
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

Join us for our inaugural Cognac & Armagnac Festival and warm up your winter with these famed eaux-de-vie spirits. Learn how these wine based spirits are made and what makes them different from everything else and each other. From VS to XO, what do these terms mean? Discover why Armagnacs are often vintage dated but Cognacs are not. Taste all the most famous brands of Cognac side by side and learn which your favorites are. Which Armagnac companies tweak your interest and why? And of course indulge in fantastic appetizers, cheeses and desserts from the Trusted Expert team in the Willow Park Wines & Spirits kitchen.

$40.00

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Couples Night Out – Bites & Bubbles
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Sat, Feb 10, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

Sparkling wine lovers, we have the perfect night for you, as we delight your palate with scrumptious bites from the kitchen, expertly paired with sparkling wines from around the world. This evening will tempt you with savoury and sweet dishes and showcase just how versatile and food friendly sparkling wines truly are. This night will be a night of sheer decadence for lovers of bubbly wines. 

$55.00

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SOLD OUT - Mardi Gras! Cocktails from New Orleans
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Tue, Feb 13, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

If you can’t be in New Orleans for the start of Mardi Gras then plan on spending the evening with us as we shake and stir our way through an iconic mix of cocktails from the city known as the Big Easy. You’ll love learning how to whip up the city’s famous drinks including the Ramos Fizz, Hurricane, Milk Punch and Sazerac just to name a few. Feel free to wear purple and gold and get ready for some scrumptious jambalaya and a few other creole dishes to get our Mardi Gras started in style. 

$45

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Pairings & Chocolate
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Wed, Feb 14, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

Back by popular demand! What could be better than spending Valentine’s Day evening learning all about wine and chocolate pairings? With the spectacular and hand crafted chocolates from Calgary’s very own Old Coal Chocolates, our team will showcase wines from around the globe from Ports to bubbles, as they team up to bring you a truly unforgettable evening. Reserve early!

$55

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TasteDay Thursday Understanding Red Wine Making
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Thu, Feb 15, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

Get ready to get your wine-geek hat on as this TasteDay Thursday we delve into the world of red wine making. You’ll love learning all about how decisions that are made in both the vineyards and the winery affect what you experience in the glass. We’ll also show you how tannin, the mouth drying compound in red wines, changes with age, explain where it comes from, and how winemakers use it to create backbone and balance. If you love red wines you won’t want to miss this fascinating and teeth staining evening! 

$15.00

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Big & Bold Red Connoisseur
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM     Fri, Feb 16, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

One of our Trusted Experts will be your guide through a flight of some of the most dynamic and iconic red wines from around the world. This tasting will include wines from Napa, Italy, France and Australia and will be a brilliant example of how balance and power come together harmoniously in your glass. Peter will also discuss how to cellar collectable styles during this tasting. 

Includes VIP entry into Big Red Festival

$75.00

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VIP Big Red Festival
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM     Fri, Feb 16, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

Calling all red wine lovers! Do we have a night for you! We’ve created a special Big Red Festival that will bring together red wines from around the globe, all into one room. From the light and fruity to the big and bold this evening is sure to warm the hearts of all red wine enthusiasts.

You’ll also be treated to delectable treats from Meiko and our kitchen team as they create scrumptious dishes that will pair deliciously with the wines in the room.

Be sure to join us on Saturday, February 17th for our FREE Big Red Taste-to-Buy.

$55.00

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Big Red Festival
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Fri, Feb 16, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

Calling all red wine lovers! Do we have a night for you! We’ve created a special Big Red Festival that will bring together red wines from around the globe, all into one room. From the light and fruity to the big and bold this evening is sure to warm the hearts of all red wine enthusiasts.

You’ll also be treated to delectable treats from Meiko and our kitchen team as they create scrumptious dishes that will pair deliciously with the wines in the room.

Be sure to join us on Saturday, February 17th for our FREE Big Red Taste-to-Buy

$40.00

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Cocktail Magic! Bitters, Syrups and Spices
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Wed, Feb 21, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, erin@willowpark.net

While it’s true that you can’t make a great cocktail without a great spirit, we also agree that there are some magical flavor enhancements in the form of bitters, syrups and spices that can take a cocktail from great to WOW! Join our Trusted Expert team as we take you through a fascinating class on what these secret ingredients are and how to use them. Mixology enthusiasts of all levels this ones for you!

$35.00

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TasteDay Thursday Sweet & Salty
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM     Thu, Feb 22, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

TasteDay Thursday explores the sweet and salty side of flavours tonight as we focus in on insider’s hints and tips on how to pair with these two prominent food characters. Get ready to be amazed at how learning a few tricks can take your pairings from “good” to “this is amazing!” 

$15

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Whisky & Cheese
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Thu, Feb 22, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, erin@willowpark.net

Back by popular demand! Join Dave Michiels as he teams up with our friends at Springbank Cheese Co. to bring you an exciting evening filled with warming winter whiskies and tasty cheese pairings. You’ll leave this evening not only with a new appreciation of how these two favourites of Dave’s are made for each other and tricks on how to pair them together on your own at home. Whisky and cheese fans get ready to take your fireside snacks to a brand-new level.

$35.00

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Potato Chip Pairings
7:00 PM     Fri, Feb 23, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

We’re bringing one of our most popular events back for some fun in February as we dedicate an entire evening to creating tantalizing pairings with one of the world’s most treasured snack foods – potato chips!  You’ll be awestruck at how our team will take your everyday chip flavours, and a few unique ones, from simple snack food to high-society classy. Trust us, you’ll never look at a potato chip as simple again. This is going to be fun! Please book early to avoid disappointment.

$25.00

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Scotch Festival
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Sat, Feb 24, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, erin@willowpark.net

Join us for our second largest scotch festival of the year! With over 65 whiskies in the room, there’s a chance to taste old favourites and discover new ones. This spectacular evening will feature some of Calgary’s top restaurants who share our passion for Scotch and food pairings.

$55.00

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Trusted Expert Pairings for South American Cuisine
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Tue, Feb 27, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

Our Trusted Expert team has been so inspired by the flavours of South America that we’ve created a special evening to bring the mouth-watering classical food and wine pairings of the southern hemisphere to you. Your palate will be taken on a flavour adventure as we indulge in dishes such as Empanadas, Chimichurri sauce, Mole Chicken and Jicama salad just to name a few. Seating is limited. 

$55.00

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South American Cocktails
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Tue, Feb 27, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

Learn the art of creating sultry South American cocktails with Trusted Expert Michael Bigattini as he guides you through an evening of cocktail classics. You’ll not only learn the art of the cocktails but also all about the local spirits and ingredients that have made these libations favourites of bartenders around the globe. Get ready to experience the Pisco Sour, Caipirinha, and the Jote just to name a few. 

$35.00

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March 2018
TasteDay Thursday – Intro to Chile
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM     Thu, Mar 1, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

This TasteDay Thursday immerses you into the flavours of Chile as we take you on a flavour adventure that showcases the diversity of the wines of this incredible wine country. You’ll learn how the Humboldt Current and cool mountain breezes from the Andes help to create one of the best climates in the world for viticulture. If you love the wines of Chile now, be prepared to have a new appreciation for them by the end of this class. 

$15.00

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VIP South American Wine Festival
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM     Fri, Mar 2, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

Get ready to feel the heat has you indulge your palate in the wide flavour spectrum of the wines of Chile and Argentina offer. These two vibrant wine countries have been producing wine for hundreds of years but have become consumer favourites in the last five. Discover why people around the globe are loyal fans of the reds, whites and sparkling wines of South America and why they are considered to be not only delicious, but some of the best values on the store floor as well. Ole!

Be sure to join us on Saturday, March 3rd  for our FREE South American Wine Taste-to-Buy

$55.00

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South American Wine Festival
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Fri, Mar 2, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

Get ready to feel the heat has you indulge your palate in the wide flavour spectrum of the wines of Chile and Argentina offer. These two vibrant wine countries have been producing wine for hundreds of years but have become consumer favourites in the last five. Discover why people around the globe are loyal fans of the reds, whites and sparkling wines of South America and why they are considered to be not only delicious, but some of the best values on the store floor as well. Ole!

$40.00

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Salsa & Chip Pairings
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Sat, Mar 3, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, erin@willowpark.net

Wondering what goes with tortilla chips and salsa? Well, we have the answer. Join us as we pair up six different salsa styles with chips and show you how each one’s flavour is so unique that we need to pair it up with the perfect wine, beer or maybe even a cocktail, to show off its fantastic flavours at its best.   

$35.00

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French Bistro Brunch
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM     Sun, Mar 4, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

Benoit Brumeau, International Export Manager for the Cazes Famille, is back in town to help us celebrate our 24th anniversary. Join us as we kick off a great week of tastings and fantastic sales with a classic French wine and food bunch.

Benoit has a portfolio that not only includes wonderful Bordeaux wines but also delicious wines from Minervois and the Côtes du Rhône. Learn about Châteauneuf-du-Pape, taste one of this year’s top 100 value roses from the Minervois and dig deep into the world of Bordeaux.

Meiko’s kitchen team will offer classic dishes from all three regions.

$40.00

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Dave’s 10 Top Beer Picks for Winter
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Tue, Mar 6, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

Dave the Beer Guy has put together a special evening highlighting 10 of his favourite brews for winter. You’ll love tasting through this lineup of brews that Dave has picked from around the globe and hear his stories behind why he picked each one. Beer fans don’t miss out. Your new favourite beer is waiting to be discovered.

$25

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Dave's Secret Gems from the Whisky Wall
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Wed, Mar 7, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

Whisky fan's you'll want to make sure that you don't miss this special evening with our very own Whisky Expert Dave Michiels, as he guides you through a lineup of some of his favourite gems from his whisky wall. You'll be fascinated by his picks, as he showcases a mix of whiskies including some of the exclusive barrels he's personally picked out for Willow Park Wines & Spirits and other incredible ones that he just has to share. If you love a great whisky and a good story this is an event just for you. 

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TasteDay Thursday Choosing Wines for Any Occasion
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM     Thu, Mar 8, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

Join us this TasteDay Thursday as our Trusted Experts share insider tips on how they choose wines for any special occasion. Tonight’s class will go through how to look at a menu and find the flavours that you’ll want to work with, how much wine you need when you plan an event, and how to work with multi-course menus and perfect pairings. If you love to entertain then this class is perfect for you. 

$15.00

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French Favourites Connoisseur Tasting
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM     Fri, Mar 9, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

ine Wine Director Peter Smolarz will lead you on a tasting tour of France selecting an exceptional wine from each of the six regions.  All tasted blind, these rare and top rated wines will deliver you the most impressive tasting of the year. There will also be a selection of delectable bites served to complement these wines.

Includes VIP Entry into 24th Anniversary French Fling Festival

$100.00

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VIP French Fling Festival
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM     Fri, Mar 9, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, erin@willowpark.net

The Trusted Experts have travelled all over France for years to visit our favourite winemakers. Join us for this first class tasting featuring the wines of Champagne, Alsace, Burgundy, Cote du Rhone, Southern France, the Loire Valley and Bordeaux. This is a tasting tour of France and one lucky festival participant will be entered to win a Trip for Two to France in 2019, when we will be celebrating 25 years in the wine retail business.

Meiko’s kitchen team will be showcasing a recipe for each region of France, especially developed for our French Fling Festivals over the years. You’ll enjoy pairing the regional wines of France with each regions special flavours.

Our friends at Springbank Cheese Co. will be offering a cheese for each region as well.

This unforgettable evening of classic French wines and foods will be made even more special with SALE-A-BRATION pricing on many of the wines.

6:30pm Entry

$55.00

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24th Anniversary French Fling Festival
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Fri, Mar 9, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

The Trusted Experts have travelled all over France for years to visit our favourite winemakers. Join us for this first class tasting featuring the wines of Champagne, Alsace, Burgundy, Cote du Rhone, Southern France, the Loire Valley and Bordeaux. This is a tasting tour of France and one lucky festival participant will be entered to win a Trip for Two to France in 2019, when we will be celebrating 25 years in the wine retail business.

Meiko’s kitchen team will be showcasing a recipe for each region of France, especially developed for our French Fling Festivals over the years. You’ll enjoy pairing the regional wines of France with each regions special flavours.

Our friends at Springbank Cheese Co. will be offering a cheese for each region as well.

This unforgettable evening of classic French wines and foods will be made even more special with SALE-A-BRATION pricing on many of the wines.

$40.00

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Chateau Palmer Master Class
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Sun, Mar 11, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

We are honoured to have both Chateau Palmer Thomas Duroux and owner James Sichel here to conduct a joined combined coupled tasting of the wines of Chateau Palmer. This tasting will include the rare Chateau Palmer white and 19th Century Blend as well as Chateau Palmer’s Alter Ego. The vintages tasted will be 1986 Palmer, 1996 Palmer, 2006 Palmer – a study of three decades.

After the formal presentation of the wines, there will be a light buffet of French cheese and charcuterie.

$150.00

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Irish Beer & Food Pairings
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Fri, Mar 16, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

Start your St Patrick’s Day celebrations early this year by joining us for a special evening of classic Irish Brews and traditional dishes. Dave the Beer Guy will be your host as he leads you through a tasty evening of hearty treats from the kitchen, expertly paired with tempting Irish brews. This evening is sure to warm your tummy and your heart.

$35.00

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Irish Whiskey Master Class
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM     Sat, Mar 17, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

Happy St Patrick’s Day! Spend the evening celebrating the luck and spirit of the Irish at our special festival highlighting an incredible collection of beers, whiskies and even a liqueur or two. Our kitchen team will be working their magic and creating a truly classic Irish dishes so that you can get in the true spirit of the day and feel as lucky as a leprechaun!

Includes VIP entry into All Things Irish Festival

$65.00

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All Things Irish Festival
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Sat, Mar 17, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

Happy St Patrick’s Day! Spend the evening celebrating the luck and spirit of the Irish at our special festival highlighting an incredible collection of beers, whiskies and even a liqueur or two. Our kitchen team will be working their magic and creating a truly classic Irish dishes so that you can get in the true spirit of the day and feel as lucky as a leprechaun!

$40.00

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Cocktails that Pop! Sparkling wine cocktails
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Wed, Mar 21, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

Pop! Just reading the word is fun! There are endless possibilities for creative cocktails with bubbles as your base – get ready to step up your bubble game.  Trusted Expert Michael Bigattini will lead you through a hands-on mixology class that will teach you how to create classics such as a Bellini and Champagne cocktail and Aperol Spritz are made, as well as some new cocktails with a Willow Park Wines & Spirits twist. Seating is limited.

$35.00

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Tasteday Thursday Sparkling Wines
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM     Thu, Mar 22, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

Tasteday Thursday explores the fascinating world of sparkling wines and unveils the secret of the different ways that we get bubbles into the bottle. You’ll love learning about prosecco, cava and Champagne and the differences between them.

$15.00

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Popcorn Pairing Class
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Fri, Mar 23, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

Don’t miss out on an evening of sweet and savory popcorn styles and fun pairings as we take this favourite snack food to a whole new level. You’ll not only be amazed at how many different drink styles can be paired with popcorn, but also at some of the secret toppings that our team has to share with you. We guarantee that you’ll never look at popcorn and pairings the same way again.

$35

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Sparkling Spring Master Class
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM     Sat, Mar 24, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

Join Fine Wine Director Peter Smolarz as he pops the corks on some incredible bottles of bubbles from around the globe. During this tasting event Peter will be guiding you through a lineup of wines from France, Spain, Italy and the United States just to name a few. You’re sure to love learning and tasting all about the differences and similarities of this special collection of sparkling wines.

Ticket includes VIP Entrance to our Spring Sparkler Festival

$75.00

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VIP Spring Sparkler
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM     Sat, Mar 24, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

We invite you to taste your way through the many exciting styles of sparkling wine, from classic Champagnes of France to Italy’s Prosecco, Spain’s Cava and the many seductive sparkling wines from Canada, Australia, California and many other areas. This evening will be nothing short of spectacular!

$65.00

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Spring Sparkler Festival
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Sat, Mar 24, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

We invite you to taste your way through the many exciting styles of sparkling wine, from classic Champagnes of France to Italy’s Prosecco, Spain’s Cava and the many seductive sparkling wines from Canada, Australia, California and many other areas. This evening will be nothing short of spectacular!


$40.00

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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM     Sun, Mar 25, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

What you'll learn:

-How wine is made

-What factors influence wine style

-The key white and black grape varieties and their characteristics

-The important wine-producing regions of the world in which these grapes are grown

-The production of sparkling, sweet, and fortified wines

-Label terminology

-Food and wine pairing principles

-The principal categories of spirits and liqueurs, and how they are made

This qualification is assessed by a mulitple choise paper of 50 questions.

Course delivered over three Sunday classes March 25th, April 8 & 15, 2018

Included GST, Textbook and Exam

$799.00

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Ciders & Meads – Celebrating Gluten Free Libations
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Tue, Mar 27, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

Join Dave the Beer guy as he guides you through a tasty line up of some of his favourite offerings from our cider and mead selections. The last few years have seen both of these categories expand in styles and this is a great event for anyone who is interested in learning more about ciders and meads and how they can be options for anyone embracing a gluten free lifestyle.

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Pairings for Vegetarian Dishes
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Wed, Mar 28, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 306-585-1661, mike@willowpark.net

Whether you are a seasoned vegetarian or just exploring new menus for your kitchen, we have a fantastic evening planned where we will show you how to pair up delicious vegetarian fare. You’ll explore how traditional wine pairing guides such as “red wine with red meat” work when pairing with vegetarian based cuisines. This meat-free flavour adventure is sure to inspire you on some new pairing and dish ideas to try at home and share with friends.

$35.00

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TasteDay Thursday Get to Know Chardonnay
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Thu, Mar 29, 2018
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Mike Shaddock 403-296-1640, mike@willowpark.net

You’ve probably heard of people saying “ABC” in reference to Chardonnay as in: Anything but Chardonnay? This TasteDay Thursday is taking on the challenge to show you why chardonnay wines from around the globe deserve your love and respect and just how versatile they can be in the glass. Get ready to sample classical styles and learn all about light and heavy styles along with tips on how to read and understand the labels of iconic chardonnay wines.

$15.00

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