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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.

 

February 2019
SOLD OUT - The Ultimate Craving

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Wed, Feb 13, 2019
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Is your love too sweet? Impossible! Make it sweeter as we partner up with Crave Cupcakes to bring you an evening of perfect pairings with wine, cocktails & bubbles! If you’re a cupcake or a dessert fan you won’t want to miss this memorable showcase of six delicious match-ups that will be sure to please your sweetheart!

$35

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SOLD OUT - Wine & Chocolate

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Thurs, Feb 14, 2019
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Back by popular demand! What could be better than spending Valentine’s evening learning all about wine and chocolate pairings? With the spectacular hand-crafted chocolates from Calgary’s very own COCHU CHOCOLATIER, 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!

$35

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SOLD OUT - White Wines for Winter

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

White wine fans, we have a special evening planned for you! Our Trusted Experts have carefully picked out some of their favourite elegant, aromatic and food-friendly white wine styles from all around the world. This evening is sure to introduce you to some new favourite styles along with leaving you excited about the wines you love and the winemaking talent behind them. If you have friends who think white wines are just for the summer then you might want to bring them along so we can help convert them for you.

$25

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SOLD OUT - TasteDay Thursday New Zealand North vs South

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Thurs, Feb 21, 2019
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

This week for TasteDay Thursday we’re taking you on an adventure down-under as we explore the North and South islands of New Zealand. You’ll be fascinated to learn the differences between the two islands and the diverse wines that come from the different regions within the country. This class is sure to be an eye-opening and palate pleasing event. 

$15

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SOLD OUT- Popcorn Pairings

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Fri, Feb 22, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Don’t miss out on an evening of sweet and savory popcorn styles and fun pairings as we take this beloved 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 our team has to share with you. We guarantee you’ll never look at popcorn and pairings the same way again!

$35

 

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Tomatin Master Class

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Fri, Feb 22, 2019
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Please help us welcome Scott Fraser from Tomatin Distillery for a special tasting to launch the Willow Park Wines & Spirits 1990 Single Cask Exclusive. This sit down scotch sampling will feature five Tomatin expressions, including 12 yr old, 15 yr Moscatel, 21 yr Bourbon Cask, the 1995 WPWS Single Cask, and brand new WPWS 1990 WPWS Single Cask. This tasting is limited to 40 people, book early to reserve your spot.

$35

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SOLD OUT - Scotch Festival

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Sat, Feb 23, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@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.
VIP includes early entrance and the opportunity to taste a limited selection of extra special bottles.
This year’s ticket price includes a complimentary special Willow Park Wines & Spirits 25th anniversary Glencairn glass.

$60

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SOLD OUT - VIP Scotch Festival

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM     Saturday, Feb 23, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@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.
VIP includes early entrance and the opportunity to taste a limited selection of extra special bottles.
This year’s ticket price includes a complimentary special Willow Park Wines & Spirits 25th anniversary Glencairn glass.

$85

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WSET Level 2

10:00 AM to 6:00 PM     Sun, Feb 24, 2019
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

3 Sunday Courses

  • Sunday, February 24: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday, March 10: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday, March 24: 10am-6pm

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.

PROGRAM OUTLINE

  • 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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Sucker Punch, Let's Get Sour!

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

There has been a recent craze for beers of the sour variety and even though this beer style dates back well over 100 years it is just blooming in this era. Dave the Beer Guy has been selling these for years and has just been waiting for the right time to share his love for these wacky styles with the world. So let’s get sour, shall we?

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SOLD OUT - TasteDay Thursday-Big Big Reds

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Thurs, Feb 28, 2019
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Are you a fan of big and bold red wines? If you answered yes, you don’t want to miss out on this evening. Trusted Expert, Samantha Nelmes, will lead you through a tasting filled with teeth-staining wines that will highlight some of the biggest and boldest red wine styles from around the world.

$15

 

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March 2019
Iconic Reds of the New World Connoisseur

5:30 PM to 6:30 PM     Fri, Mar 1, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Become an explorer and discover the New World of wine with Fine Wine Director Peter Smolarz. You will travel through the wines of the Americas, South Africa and Oceania, tasting top wines that have put their regions on the wine collectors map!

$100

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Red Wine Festival

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Fri, Mar 1, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Calling all red wine lovers! Join us at the Big Red Festival, where our favourite red wines from around the globe will be gathered 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 and scrumptious dishes from our kitchen team that will paired deliciously with the featured wines! 

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VIP Red Wine Festival

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM    Fri , Mar 1, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Calling all red wine lovers! Join us at the Big Red Festival, where our favourite red wines from around the globe will be gathered 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 and scrumptious dishes from our kitchen team that will paired deliciously with the featured wines!

VIP Riedel Hour includes FREE Riedel stem, early entry and the chance to taste a premium wine selection.

$75

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Chateau Palmer Connoisseur

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM     Sun, Mar 3, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

This weekend we are delighted to have James Sichel, co-owner of Chateau Palmer, with us to kick off a fantastic week of 25th anniversary festivities. Over the years Chateau Palmer has been a major focus of our fine wine team, and it remains a favourite of both staff and customers. This is an excellent opportunity to taste and compare four vintages from three decades of Chateau Palmer, including their famous 1983 vintage, the exclusive Chateau Palmer white, and the rare 19th Century Blend. Cheese and charcuterie will be provided for the perfect pairing.

*This ticket includes entry into the Sichel Family Festival at 7pm.

$149

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Sichel Family Festival

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Sun, Mar 3, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Tonight, we celebrate the Sichel family, a family of Winemakers, Chateau owners, and Negociants for a number of wineries and spirit houses. This unusual festival will feature an amazing range of wines and spirits that the Sichels are involved with. James Sichel has carefully selected over 35 wines to taste, from the bestselling Bordeaux at Willow Park Wines & Spirits, Chateau Angludet, to our favourite Corbiere, Chateau Trillol. To finish off, there will be a delicious display of sweet treats from the Willow Park Wines & Spirits kitchen team to complement the choice Armagnac and Cognac spirits of the Sichel family. Don’t miss out on this unique experience!

$49

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Belgian Beer & Cheese (Trappist Edition)

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Tues, Mar 5, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

There are certain pairings that are just meant to be, and cheese n’ beer is one of them! These are not any ordinary beers. These are the beers brewed by the Trappist Monks of Belgium and they are so full of great, yet intense flavours that it is hard to find a cheese that doesn’t pair perfectly with them. Get ready because the cheese connoisseurs from Springbank Cheese have a masterful selection to pick from and they will be sure to knock your socks off! As our loyal Beer Guy for 17 years, Dave Gingrich is ready to show you a truly holy experience!

$34.99

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Extreme Ports of Taylor

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Wed, Mar 6, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Port is arguably the greatest of all fortified wines and its top expression Vintage Port ranks alongside the finest produced wines in the world. Considered by many the archetypal Port house, Taylor Fladgate is regarded as the benchmark for Vintage Ports and holds the most extensive reserves of very old cask aged Tawny Ports. Join us as we take out our port tongs and open the 100 point Vintage Ports from 1994 & 2016 along with the rare Single Harvest Ports from 1966, 1967 and 1968. To conclude a night of rare decadence, we will taste another 100 Point wine older than our nation with one of the earliest and most scarce Ports ever sold with the SCION 1963.

$149

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Whisky Collectable Connoisseur

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Wed, Mar 6, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Trusted Expert, David Michiels, is ready to celebrate our 25th anniversary by unlocking the Collectables cabinet and choosing some of his very best rare and single cask whiskies to share with you.  David has been with Willow Park Wines & Spirits for 23 years and is known as one of Canada’s most well-respected Whisky experts.  Tickets are limited - don’t miss out on the opportunity to attend the most premium whisky class in our 25 year history!

$194

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Joyeux Anniversaire au Willow Park! Discovering Taittinger Champagne

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

No celebration is complete without Champagne, so what better way to toast our 25th Anniversary with an exclusive Taittinger Champagne Tasting. Champagne Taittinger is one of the few remaining family-owned and operated Champagne houses, now run by Clovis and Vitalie Taittinger. The independent house receives world-wide acclaim and consistently outstanding scores for their unique and delicious creations! Tasting includes Taittinger Brut Reserve NV, Taittinger Prestige Rose NV, Taittinger Prelude Grand Cru NV, Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc des Blancs 2006, Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rose 2006 and Taittinger Nocturne Demi Sec NV. “Champagne is for me an extraordinary beverage to enhance your life” ~ PierreEmanuel Taittinger, President, Taittinger

$94

 

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Napa Valley 1994 Connoisseur

6:00 PM to 7:30 PM     Thurs, Mar 7, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Our friends at Renaissance Wine were very instrumental in growing our business to where we are today. Without the help of founder Mark Ferrier, the Willow Park Wines & Spirits wine selection would never have evolved in the direction that made us become one of the most important retailers in Canada of Napa Valley Wines.

To help celebrate our first year in business, the Renaissance team has sourced some of the most successful wines of the 1994 Vintage. Join us as we taste through the 1994 wines from Chateau Montelena, Spottswoode, Duckhorn and Heitz.

We have been very fortunate to have a strong relationship with the Napa Valley Vintners association as well and we applaud their efforts to create a wonderful library of information on all wine related information. Here is what they say about the 1994 Vintage:

“A long, cool spring followed by a cool summer produced slightly lower grape yields of richly concentrated fruit. The effects of low winter rainfall were mitigated by the combination of cool daytime temperatures and evening marine fog. The moderate temperatures were optimum for grape quality. A two-week period of hot weather at the beginning of August created some uneven coloration during veraison, and growers compensated by thinning fruit to allow only the best grapes to reach maturation.”

$194

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Friday Fanatics Festival

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

Includes a Special Willow Park Wines & Spirits 25th Anniversary Edition Riedel Stem.

The Friday Fanatics Festival celebrates the beginnings of Willow Park Wines & Spirits, and our growth into Canada’s largest privately owned wine, beer, and spirit purveyor!

When we first started our festival style tastings in the late 1990’s, we called them Friday Fanatics Festivals. At the time, it seemed like you had to be a bit of a wine fanatic to want to spend your Friday nights wandering around the room sipping wine after wine! It turns out, we created a lot of wine fanatics over the years, and our festivals are some of the most popular events we host! 

The night starts with the exclusive VIP Riedel Hour, featuring a throwback to the 1990s with 25 wines from the first decades of Willow Park Wines & Spirits! All of the wines in the room will be highly rated, critically acclaimed bottles from the last decade of the 20th century, such as 1990 Bordeaux, 1991 and 1994 Napa Valley, and some pretty famous 1995 and 1996 First Growth wines. We will also look to the left bank for spectacular 1998s, finishing up the decade with a 1999 new world versus old world comparison! Only 50 VIP tickets will be sold. 

The critics’ choice portion begins at 7pm and will feature wines that have scored 94 points or higher, including some fantastic 1994 wines! Every major wine producing country will be in the room, and the food selection will reflect this international concept with special dishes created just for this event. Only 100 tickets will be sold.

$94

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Grand Tasting of Bordeaux

5:30 PM to 6:30 PM     Fri, Mar 8, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

The First Growths of Bordeaux have become some of the most famous and sought-after wines in the world, and you’ll have the opportunity to taste them all at our Grand Tasting of Bordeaux! Hosted by Director of Fine Wines & Purchasing and longtime employee of 15 years, Peter Smolarz, the evening will feature vintages from the 1990’s from all five famous Grand Vins; Chateau Latour, Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Margaux, and Chateaux Haut Brion, along with the illustrious Chateau D’Yquem. Join us for a vinous tasting of a lifetime!
Ticket includes VIP Entrance to our Friday Fanatics Festival

$249

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VIP Friday Fanatics Festival

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM     Fri, Mar 8, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Includes a Special Willow Park Wines & Spirits 25th Anniversary Edition Riedel Stem.

The Friday Fanatics Festival celebrates the beginnings of Willow Park Wines & Spirits, and our growth into Canada’s largest privately owned wine, beer, and spirit purveyor!

When we first started our festival style tastings in the late 1990’s, we called them Friday Fanatics Festivals. At the time, it seemed like you had to be a bit of a wine fanatic to want to spend your Friday nights wandering around the room sipping wine after wine! It turns out, we created a lot of wine fanatics over the years, and our festivals are some of the most popular events we host!

The night starts with the exclusive VIP Riedel Hour, featuring a throwback to the 1990s with 25 wines from the first decades of Willow Park Wines & Spirits! All of the wines in the room will be highly rated, critically acclaimed bottles from the last decade of the 20th century, such as 1990 Bordeaux, 1991 and 1994 Napa Valley, and some pretty famous 1995 and 1996 First Growth wines. We will also look to the left bank for spectacular 1998s, finishing up the decade with a 1999 new world versus old world comparison! Only 50 VIP tickets will be sold.

The critics’ choice portion begins at 7pm and will feature wines that have scored 94 points or higher, including some fantastic 1994 wines! Every major wine producing country will be in the room, and the food selection will reflect this international concept with special dishes created just for this event. Only 100 tickets will be sold.

$194

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