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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. 

September 2019
Top Taste Bud Tantalizers with Dave the Beer Guy

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Thurs, Sept 12, 2019
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Style: Seated Tasting, Non-Reserved Seating

Ready to have your mind, not to mention your taste buds, blown? Tonight, Dave the Beer Guy will be pouring some of the most flavourful barrel-aged brews, sours, and imperial stouts our beer room has ever held! Whether you typically play it safe or you think you’ve tried everything, this class will have something new for everyone!

$25

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VQA Mini Festival

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Fri, Sept 13, 2019
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Style: Walkabout Festival, Food and Tasting Stations, No Seating

We’re starting our festival season with a celebration of the high-quality wines from our home and native land! Like France’s AOC, Italy’s DOC and Germany’s QmP, the Vintners Quality Alliance is Canada’s strict quality assurance program that is dedicated to promoting and protecting locally produced wines. At our VQA Mini Festival, you’ll be tasting wines that are 100% Canadian, from the grape variety to regional expressions!

EVENT IS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 (There was a typo in the email that was sent out on August 15 stating event date of September 21)

$35

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South African Master Class

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Thurs, Sept 19, 2019
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Style: Seated Tasting, Non-Reserved Seating

The wines of South Africa vary as much as the country’s landscape! Vines are planted over the Western and Northern Cape, and experience drastic variation in soils and climates. A commitment to understanding terroir and focus to the vast selection of old vines throughout the Western Cape has brought a spotlight to this underrated country. Join Fine Wine Director Peter Smolarz as he showcases the iconic wines of South Africa, featuring Spier Frans K Smit from Stellenbosch, Denis Dubourdieu’s Echo and Hamilton Russel, one of the most southerly wine estates in Africa.

$75

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TasteDay Thursday - Intro the Wines of South Africa

5:30 PM to 6:45 PM     Thurs, Sept 12, 2019
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Style: Seated Tasting, Non-Reserved Seating

South Africa might be considered a New World producer, but did you know that they’ve been honing their craft since the 1650’s? At this week’s TasteDay Thursday, Trusted Experts Peter Smolarz and Stephen Turik are taking you on a safari down south as we explore the unique flavours and varietals of South African wines!

$15

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Why Washington? Chateau Ste. Michelle Seminar with Thom Horsey

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Thurs, Sept 19, 2019
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Style: Seated Tasting, Non-Reserved Seating

Embodying the perfect blend of Old World traditions with New World technologies, Chateau Ste. Michelle is a pioneer of Washington’s wine region. The estate prioritizes sustainability and is considered an industry leader in energy and water conservation. Boasting internationally acclaimed wines, Chateau Ste. Michelle is proving that Washington needs to be on every wine lover’s radar. We are pleased to have Thom Horsey, National Wine Educator for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, in store for a seated seminar highlighting the incredible wines coming from this underrated region.

$35

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South Africa Wine Festival

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM    Fri, Sept 20, 2019
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Style: Walkabout Festival, Food and Tasting Stations, No Seating

With a wine style that is best described as Old World meets New World, South Africa is currently experiencing a renaissance, producing some of the best wines in its history! Join us at our South Africa Wine Festival, where we’ll be raising a glass to famed regions such as Stellenbosch and Paarl, along with up-and-coming coastal vineyards! Whether you’re a fan of the unique Pinotage grape or the ever-popular Chenin Blanc, the wines of South Africa will easily convert you to New World wines. Gesondheid!

$40

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WSET Level 1 - September 22 & 23

10:00 AM to 5:00 PM     Sunday, Sept 22, 2019
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

2 Day Course

Sunday, September 22: 10am-5pm

Monday, September 23: 6-9pm (exam)

What you'll Learn:

  • The main types and styles of wine
  • Common wine grapes and their characteristics
  • How to store and serve wine
  • The principles of food and wine pairing
  • How to describe wine using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)

The qualification is assessed by a multiple-choice paper of 30 questions. Course delivered over two days, Sunday class September 22, & Monday, September 23, 2019 (exam). Includes GST, Textbook and Exam.

$349.00

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Limoncello Lussuoso

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Tues, Sept 24, 2019
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Style: Stand-up Demo Tasting

It’s time to take your taste buds on a trip to Southern Italy! Join Trusted Expert Michael Bigattini as he guides you through the surprisingly simple process of making limoncello, where you’ll taste and learn about the digestifs importance in Italian culture. Michael will be preparing a classic limoncello, as well as his very own ‘Mellocello,’ emphasizing the balance and harmony needed to make the liqueur. You’ll leave this class with an understanding of this delicious drink, as well as recipes to make your own at home!

$35

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Tuscan Wine & Food Pairing Class with Carpineto

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Wed, Sept 25, 2019
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Style: Seated Tasting, Non-Reserved Seating

When you think of Italy, we’re certain that the picturesque landscapes and tempting flavours of Tuscany come immediately to mind! This famed region is also home to some of the best Italian wines like Chianti, Montalcino and Montepulciano, along with many of our favourite wineries. Tonight, we’re delighted to have Antonio Zaccheo, owner of the renowned Carpineto vineyards, help us pair his award-winning Tuscan wines with classic Tuscan cuisine, including his Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, which was scored in Wine Spectators Top 10 Wines of 2018! After tasting bistecca toscana and pici, you’ll understand why this region reigns supreme!

$45

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Brunello Master Class

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Thurs, Sept 26, 2019
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Style: Seated Tasting, Non-Reserved Seating

Winemaker Ferruccio Biondi Santi was responsible for producing the first Brunello di Montalcino in 1865, an archetype for the style we know today. The esteemed reputation of their wines along with successful growth in the 1960’s motivated others to follow suit. Situated south of Siena and close to the Mediterranean Sea, vineyards planted along the hillsides of Montalcino enjoy warm, dry summers cooled by maritime breezes, creating ideal conditions for viticulture. Tonight, we will be featuring a Riserva from the historic Biondi Santi, along with some of our favourites like Terralsole and Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta.

$175

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TasteDay Thursday - Intro to the Wines of Italy

5:30 PM to 6:45 PM     Thurs, Sept 26, 2019
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Style: Seated Tasting, Non-Reserved Seating

Home to over 350 grape varieties, Italy has secured its place as the top wine producing country in the world. For this week’s TasteDay Thursday, Trusted Expert Al Conne will be teaching you about the classic Italian wines that consistently inspire and wow connoisseurs around the globe!

$15

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VIP Riedel Hour - Italian Wine Festival Early Entrance

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM     Fri, Sept 27, 2019
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Style: Walkabout Festival, Food and Tasting Stations, No Seating

It’s time to experience la dolce vita as we toast to the delicious and diverse wines of Italy at our Italian Wine Festival! We’ll be taking the scenic route through the Italian countryside, tasting the best wines from each of Italy’s unique winemaking regions. From the bubbling Proseccos of Veneto to Sicily’s noble Nero d’Avalo grapes, it’s no wonder that the Italians are known for their love of wine! Cin cin!

VIP Riedel Hour includes early entrance into the festival, a chance to taste a premium selection of wine, and a complimentary Riedel stem.

We are excited to host Buffo as our guest restaurant!

$75

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Italian Wine Festival

7:00 PM to 9 PM     Fri, Sept 27, 2019
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Style: Walkabout Festival, Food and Tasting Stations, No Seating

It’s time to experience la dolce vita as we toast to the delicious and diverse wines of Italy at our Italian Wine Festival! We’ll be taking the scenic route through the Italian countryside, tasting the best wines from each of Italy’s unique winemaking regions. From the bubbling Proseccos of Veneto to Sicily’s noble Nero d’Avalo grapes, it’s no wonder that the Italians are known for their love of wine! Cin cin!

We are excited to host Buffo as our guest restaurant!

$50

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WSET Level 2 - September 29, Oct 6, 20, 21

10:00 AM to 5:00 PM     Sun, Sept 29, 2019
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

3 Sunday’s Sep 29, Oct 6, 20 from 10 – 5pm (no class on Sunday, October 13 for Thanksgiving)

Monday Oct 21 6pm-7pm (exam)

A beginner to intermediate level qualification exploring wines and spirits for those working in the industry or wine and spirit enthusiasts. For individuals seeking a core understanding of wines, this qualification explores the major grape varieties and important wine regions in which they are grown. You’ll learn about the styles of wines produced from these grapes as well as key classifications and labelling terminology. A basic overview of the key categories of spirits and liqueurs will also be provided. Upon successful completion, you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin, and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.

What you’ll learn:

  • How wine is made and factors influencing style
  • WSET systematic approach to wine tasting
  • Wine-producing regions
  • Sparkling wines, sweet wines and fortified wines
  • Spirits and liqueurs
  • Label terminology
  • Food and wine pairing
  • Key white & black grape varieties

$799

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October 2019
Sherry Master Class with the Alvear Family

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Tues, Oct 1, 2019
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Style: Seated Tasting, Non-Reserved Seating

Sherry and spirit lovers unite! Founded in 1729, Alvear was the first winery to be established in Andalusia, Spain and is one of the most prestigious and internationally renowned bodegas in the region. Boasting extensive vineyards that are located in the most famous estates in the Sierra de Montilla y Moriles producing the key grape variety Pedro Ximénez, which is used by the bodega as the unique base wine for its sweet, Fino, Oloroso and Amontillado wines. The evening will start by pouring the Bodegas Alvear Marques De La Sierra, followed by a sit-down tasting of top scoring sherries. We’ll be tasting the Alvear Fino, Amontillado, rare bottles of Fino Capataz Solera de la Cases and Criadera A Montaillado, 2015 Pedro Ximenez de Anada, and 1927 Pedro Ximenez Solera, each of which have scored over 90 points. The evening will conclude with the delicious Alvear Brand Gran Reserva.

Bodegas Alvear is rooted in family tradition, and the winery is now in its eighth generation of family ownership. This evening we are joined by family member and proprietor, Fernando Alvear along with export manager Alvaro Ruiz. Together, they will guide us on a journey to discover the history, range, and enjoyment of the various styles of Pedro Ximénez wines. Tonight, we will taste a unique line up including Vermouth, still wine, brandy as well as dry and sweet sherries, including a selection of limited release wines.

$45

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Bordeaux Master Class

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Thurs, Oct 3, 2019
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Style: Seated Tasting, Non-Reserved Seating

Join Fine Wine Director Peter Smolarz for a special tasting of the classified Crus of the left bank of the Medoc, where many of Bordeaux’s most famous estates are found. Peter tasted many of these top wines during his Spring 2019 visit to Bordeaux, giving him the latest insights on current vintages. You will have the opportunity to enjoy a comparative tasting with 3 of Bordeaux’s top estates, two vintages of each wine. The tasting will feature stunning wines from Château Pontet-Canet, Château Montrose, Château Margaux, and Château Léoville Barton. The 2016 vintage has just arrived, and you will be among of the first to taste it with its strong left bank showing! The highly rated 2015 will also be part of this tasting. Our kitchen team will showcase some of Bordeaux’s most famous dishes to complement this incredible tasting! 

$200

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TasteDay Thursday - Intro to the Wines of France

5:30 PM to 6:45 PM     Thurs, Oct 3, 2019
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Style: Seated Tasting, Non-Reserved Seating

Pouilly-Fumé, Sancerre, Châteauneuf-du-Pape… it’s all French to me! This week’s TasteDay Thursday is dedicated to the formidable wine regions of France. The class will be led by Wine Room Manager Samantha Nelmes, who has just returned from France with a ripe perspective on French wines! After tonight; you’ll have no problem distinguishing exactly what’s in your glass, though your pronunciation might need some work!

$15

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Bordeaux Festival

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Fri, Oct 4, 2019
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Style: Walkabout Festival, Food and Tasting Stations, No Seating

Our annual Bordeaux Festival is Calgary’s premier Bordeaux launch event, providing a unique and exciting occasion to taste the very best growths from the famed region! Join us in our Festival Cellar, where we’ll be tasting the best of Cru Bourgeois and Cru Classé alongside their enthusiastic producers. The Guild will be on hand preparing appetizers that perfectly complement the incredible wines served. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to explore the diversity, excitement and quality of the wines from France’s most famous region.

$95

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VIP Riedel Hour - Bordeaux Festival Early Entrance

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM     Fri, Oct 4, 2019
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Style: Walkabout Festival, Food and Tasting Stations, No Seating

Our annual Bordeaux Festival is Calgary’s premier Bordeaux launch event, providing a unique and exciting occasion to taste the very best growths from the famed region! Join us in our Festival Cellar, where we’ll be tasting the best of Cru Bourgeois and Cru Classé alongside their enthusiastic producers. The Guild will be on hand preparing appetizers that perfectly complement the incredible wines served. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to explore the diversity, excitement and quality of the wines from France’s most famous region.

VIP Riedel Hour includes early entrance into the festival, a chance to taste a premium selection of wine, and a complimentary Riedel stem.

$125

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Whiskies for Fall

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Mon, Oct 7, 2019
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Style: Seated Tasting, Non-Reserved Seating

As the days get shorter and the weather gets cooler, we’re looking for something to warm us from the inside out! Join Trusted Expert Dave Michiels as he introduces you to his must-know whiskies for fall and the incredible stories behind them. If you love a great dram you won’t want to miss this!

$35

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French Wine & Cheese Pairings with Springbank Cheese Co.

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Tues, Oct 8, 2019
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Style: Seated Tasting, Non-Reserved Seating

Calling all Francophiles! Our friends from Springbank Cheese Co. are back again for une soirée merveilleuse! Our Trusted Experts have selected some of their favourite French wines, each of which will be perfectly paired with French cheeses. You’ll be amazed at the variety of flavours and aromas that come from this incredible country.

$45

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Burgundy Master Class presented by Marc Vigneron of Nobilis Wines

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Wed, Oct 9, 2019
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Style: Seated Tasting, Non-Reserved Tasting

Lovers of Pinot Noir have always considered the wines of Burgundy the pinnacle of perfection. Why is that? What makes a great Pinot Noir in Burgundy? Tonight’s class, co-presented by Marc Vigneron and Trusted Expert Peter Smolarz, will look at 5 vintages of Burgundy and as we taste we will uncover what components combine to create Pinot Noir perfection. Included in this class is the 95 point Domaine Perrot-Minot Mazoyères-Chambertin Grand Cru 2010.

$150

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Pinot Festival

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Thurs, Oct 10, 2019
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Style: Walkabout Festival, Food and Tasting Stations, No Seating

When you think ‘pinot,’ what’s the first wine that comes to mind? The elegantly fruit forward Pinot Noir? Perhaps it's the peachy crisp Pinot Blanc? Or the zesty and citrusy Pinot Gris? Research shows that all Pinots are, in fact, mutated variations of the same grape, it's no wonder we love them all! We’re celebrating this incredible grape family at our Pinot Festival by raising a glass to Pinot’s from around the world. Our kitchen team has prepared a buffet menu of herb and mustard marinated pork tenderloin, grilled salmon with honey and dill sauce, chicken and mushroom tarts, and classic gougères, all of which will complement whichever Pinot is in your glass.

$50

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Wine & Food Pairing Class with Winemaker Federica Mascheroni Stianti

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM     Thurs, Oct 10, 2019
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Style: Seated Tasting, Non-Reserved Seating

We are elated to host Federica Mascheroni Stianti, winemaker from Castello di Volpaia, for an exclusive tasting! Located in the heart of Chianti somewhere between 1,300 and 2,130 feet, Castello di Volpaia is renowned not only for their fantastic high-altitude Chianti Classico, but also for their dedication to organic viticulture. Our kitchen team has dreamed up a tasting menu of Tuscan favourites to complement the incomparable wines and history of Volpaia. The afternoon will conclude with an opportunity to mingle with Federica and discover more about this incredible estate.

$45

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