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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.

 

March 2019
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 

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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SOLD OUT - 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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SOLD OUT - 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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Irish Beer & Pairings with Dave

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Tues, Mar 12, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@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

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Irish Whiskey & Beer 101

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

Here’s a night all about the Irish! This week, we’ll delve into Irish whiskies and beers to discover what makes them so special and even a bit magical! You’ll learn what makes Irish whiskies different from Scottish ones, and why they use an “e” in “whiskey.” For beers, you’ll learn that there are many styles to explore! You’ll leave with a much greater appreciation for the skilled brewmasters and distillers that are proud to make Irish drinks to raise a glass to. Slàinte!

$25

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All Things Irish Festival

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Fri, Mar 15, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Happy (almost) St Patrick’s Day! Spend the evening celebrating the good 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 classic Irish dishes so that you can get in the true spirit of the day and feel as lucky as a leprechaun!

$40

 

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Irish Whisky Master Class

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM     Fri, Mar 15, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

David Michiels is excited to bring you a special Whiskey Master Class, all about the exciting offerings from Ireland! The Whisky wall is set to explode with new Irish whiskies over the next few years, and Dave is ready to get you all as excited as he is about some new arrivals!

Includes entry to All Things Irish Festival.

$60

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SOLD OUT - Cocktails for Spring

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Wed, Mar 20, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Hello Spring! While the weather might not reflect the calendar, we’re still going to celebrate the first day of spring with a class devoted to our favourite spring cocktails! It doesn’t matter if there’s rain, shine, or even snow! Things will be warming up inside, as Michael Bigattini guides you through some of the season’s hottest trends and flavours!

$35

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SOLD OUT - TasteDay Thursday Wines for Spring

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Thurs, Mar 21, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

This week, we’re celebrating the start of spring and showcasing a collection of mustknow wines for the season. We’ll be sharing a mix of wines from around the globe that are perfect for warmer and brighter days! You’ll love learning about crisp whites, racy roses and reds, and of course a bubble or two that are sure to have you dreaming something other than spring cleaning!

 

$15

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Dieu Du Ciel Beer & Cheese

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Fri, Mar 22, 2019 

Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

We are excited to welcome Jean Francois Gravel and Isabelle Charbonneau, owners of MicroBrasserie Dieu Du Ciel! Hailing from St, Jerome, Quebec, their brewery specializes in offbeat and innovative brews. Co-hosted by Dave the Beer Guy and Adrian Watters of Springbank Cheese Co., this night will have you tasting your way through the unconventional beers of Dieu Du Ciel!

$35

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Cans vs Bottles

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

The endless debate; are beer cans better than bottles? Or are bottles better than cans? Join Dave the Beer Guy and our local canners for an incredible learning experience as we attempt to convince you of our personal preference! Invite your fellow beer lovers, whether they be diehard can-attics or bottle buddies, as the night will surely blow some minds!

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SOLD OUT - Master Rum Class

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Wed, Mar 27, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

A spring favourite! 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

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TasteDay Thursday Bubbles

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

Become a “bubblehead” with Wine Room Manager, Samantha Nelmes, as she leads you through the stories and styles of many different sparkling wines from around the world! You’ll experience a vast range of exciting bubbly wines as you experience tastes such as Italy’s Prosecco, Spain’s Cava, Australia’s Sparkling Shiraz, real Champagne and a few other treats from the bubble aisle!

$15

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Bubble Pairings

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Fri, Mar 29, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

 Get ready to hear corks pop as we show you how versatile and food friendly sparkling wines can be! You’ll enjoy an entire evening of bubbly wine and delicious pairings created by our very own kitchen team. This is a perfect evening for anyone who loves a great glass of bubbles and loves to pair them as you’ll come away with some delicious new recipes too!

$45

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Riesling Summit with Nik Weis

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Fri, Mar 29, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

This weekend we are delighted to have Nik Weis, Owner and Winemaker at Weingut Nik Weis - St.Urbans-Hof in the Mosel Valley, with us to host a fun and informative Riesling Summit. The Weis Family has close ties to the Canadian wine industry, with their experience as a nursery and being an integral part of bringing Riesling rootstock to the vineyards of Ontario and British Columbia. His philosophy is to produce wines with a true and authentic character of origin, making his wines Trusted Expert favourites year after year. This is an excellent opportunity to taste, compare and explore several vintages and styles of Riesling as Nik leads us through the very best vineyard sites of the Mosel and the Saar. Don’t miss out on this unique experience!

$50

*Cellar Club Members $25

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Sparkling Connoisseur

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

Is there a place for high end sparkling wine in a market reserved for Champagnes only? This event offers you the opportunity to make up your own mind as we taste top method traditional Sparkling wines up against classic top tier Champagnes. Fine Wine Director, Peter Smolarz, will lead you through this David vs Goliath blind tasting as he breaks down the process, styles and places that could take the throne from this long time king.

$100

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Spring Sparkler

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

We invite you to taste your way around the world through many exciting styles of sparkling wine! From the classic tastes of the Champagnes from France and Italian Prosecco, to the seductive sparkling wines from Canada, Australia and California, your palate will be delighted with all that these bubbles have to offer! This evening will be nothing short of spectacular!

$50

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VIP Spring Sparkler

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

We invite you to taste your way around the world through many exciting styles of sparkling wine! From the classic tastes of the Champagnes from France and Italian Prosecco, to the seductive sparkling wines from Canada, Australia and California, your palate will be delighted with all that these bubbles have to offer! This evening will be nothing short of spectacular!

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

$75

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April 2019
Gin's In - Blind Tasting

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

Gin fan? Don’t miss this exciting tasting as Michael Bigattini leads you through a lineup of classic and favourite gins, explaining the styles of each one.  If you thought you knew gin, you’ll be amazed at what you’ll discover in this blind tasting! 

$25

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Cider Mini-Festival

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Fri, April 5, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Ah cider, the adult fruit juice! Cider is produced all around the world, with a variety of fruits and flavours! From the well-known ciders of France and Germany, to the updated pineapple blends of South American mills, Cider Fest celebrates this delightful beverage in all of its forms!

$35

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French Wine & Cheese

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM    Wed, April 10, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Wine and cheese fans, do we ever have a treat for you! We’re teaming up with our friends at Springbank Cheese Co. to bring you an extraordinary night filled with wines from France expertly paired with a delectable selection of French cheeses. Your palate will be delighted as you’re guided through a fascinating taste experience and fantastic discussion about how and why the pairings have such synergy together.

$45

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TasteDay Thursday - Intro to France

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Thurs, April 11, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

This week for TasteDay Thursday, we will explore the major regions of France. By the end you will confidently be able to tell the difference between Bordeaux and Burgundy and your Pouilly Fume from your Pouilly Fuisse.

$15

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French Fling Festival

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Fri, April 12, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

This fête makes French wine easy to enjoy and understand! Forget about the grape varieties and enjoy the flavours and diversity of these wines by their regional characteristics. French cheeses are specially ordered and over 50 wines will be poured, ranging from the Loire Valley, Champagne, Chablis, Alsace, Burgundy, Rhône Valley, Languedoc, and Bordeaux. Santé!

$60

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Great French Reds Connoisseur

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

With centuries of winemaking history and excellence, France became the first country to classify their wines by region and quality. The realization that certain small plots created some of the best wines was given a label system for the collector to use as a map to the greatest wines the country produces. Come and enjoy an outstanding lineup of the most famed red wine regions France has to offer, including Grand Cru Classes’ of Bordeaux, Grand Cru Burgundy, Chateauneuf du Pape and the esteemed hill of Hermitage.

Includes VIP entry into French Fling Festival

$150

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