Willow Park Wines and Spirits

introducing

Peter Smolarz

Peter Smolarz

Peter Smolarz

Fine Wine Director

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Entering his thirteenth year with Willow Park Wines & Spirits, Peter has become a true expert in everything from wine to tequila to Scotch.  During this time on the team Peter has successfully completed his ISG 1, WSET 1, 2 & 3 and attended Bordeaux Appellation Classes in France to strengthen his knowledge within the industry. To accompany his education, Peter has travelled across the globe to places such as California, Washington, Argentina, Chile, Italy, Belgium, Australia, France and Spain to further his understanding in the methodology of wine production. “One experience that stands out the most in my mind was the Gala Dinner at Domaine Chevalier, Chateau Lafite and Chateau Angludet during Vin Expo.  I was treated to wines from every decade all the way back to the 1940’s, including the most amazing wine I’ve ever tasted, Chateau Palmer 1961.” 

Most recently, Peter was given the honor to represent Canada in the Chaine des Rotisseurs Young Sommelier Competition in Adelaide, Australia in 2015. “It was an amazing experience! I was tested against 13 other sommeliers from around the world in blind tasting, a written exam and a three stage service exam which covered sparkling wine table service, decanting table service and menu food and wine paring. It truly was an experience that I will never forget and I made some great friends from all over the world during that time.”

Peter manages the Bordeaux Futures program, teaches at plenty of our events and is fantastic with his customers at all knowledge levels.  His understanding, dedication and passion for the industry, along with his impeccable memory and palate, make it easy to see why he is the best person to be our Fine Wine Director on the Willow Park Wines & Spirits team.