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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.

 

May 2019
Wine Basics 101 - 6 Class Course

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM     Sat, May 11, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Rachel Mckenzie 403-296-1640, rachelm@willowpark.net

6 Saturday Classes

May 11-June 22, 2019 (No class May 18, 2019)

Taught by XL 103.1’s ‘The Coach’ Jamie Herbison Assisted by Samantha Nelmes, Willow Park Wines & Spirits Wine Room Manager

Our ever popular Wine basics course is back for another season with wine expert Jamie Herbison leading this 6 class introduction to the world’s major wine producing countries. Jamie will base the class on the required textbook ‘Windows on the World Complete Wine Course’ by Kevin Zraly. Of course with his many years of food and wine learning, he will also share great recipes, entertaining tips and his favourite food and wine pairings. Each class will begin with a regional bubble and a tasty appetizer. Six to eight wines will be tasted and there will be a classic food and wine pairing each week and a selection of cheese to help strengthen your food and wine pairing skills.

Official class start time will be 2:00pm on Saturdays between May 11 and June 22 with no class on May 18, 2019. The class will run until 5:00 pm. Jamie and Samantha will be available from 1:45 pm each Saturday to answer questions and share a refreshing taste of bubbles.

Jamie’s lifelong passion for food and wine has recently been reinforced by a 3 year stint as a wine instructor at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science in Napa Valley. Samantha has recently completed her Level 3 Wines & Spirits Education Trust Certification and brings several years of wine study and travel to the program.

 

$275.00 (Textbook Included)

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Barrel Spirits Mini-Festival

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Fri, May 17, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

This brand new mini festival is all about spirits that have been in the barrel. From French to American oak, level of char and period of rest, there are endless styles, colours and flavours that produce the spirits we know and love today. Join us in this walk around tasting of whisk(e)y, rum, tequila, brandy and many more as we start the long weekend off right.

$40

SALE PRICE: $30

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Wine vs Beer - Cheese Pairings

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

Mark your calendars for an epic battle between Dave the Beer Guy and Senior Product Consultant Michael Bigattini! Our friends at Springbank Cheese Co. will be providing four dazzling cheeses that will each be paired with one brew and one vino, as Dave and Michael convince you why their pairing is the best. Ladies and gentlemen, prepare your taste buds because you’ll be the judge!

$35

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TasteDay Thursday - Discover California

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Thurs, May 23, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

A state with so much diversity in terroir means there is a perfect place to grow nearly every kind of grape.  You’ll find more than 100 varieties across the state! Come join us as we taste a great range of wines from some of California’s unique regions offering complex varietals and expressive blends as we travel through coastal vineyards of the North Coast to the sundrenched vineyards of Santa Barbara.

$15

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California Festival

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Fri, May 24, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Maybe it’s the warm weather we constantly dream of, but the wines of California have long been favourites of Calgarians. Tonight, we’re excited to bring you a festival filled with brilliant wines from the Sunshine State. You’ll love wandering through our festival cellar, and sampling the many styles of California wines, including elegant bubbles, vibrant whites, luscious roses, and a big, bold reds. Our kitchen team & the team from Earls Kitchen & Bar will be creating some tasty dishes to tantalize your appetite that celebrate true Californian style.

$50

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Regional Cabernets of California Connoisseur

5:30 PM to 6:30 PM     Fri, May 24, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

California’s Mayacamas Mountain range has produced some of the most collectable high scoring Cabernets since these wines burst onto the World stage at the 1976 Judgment of Paris. Join Director of Fine Wines, Peter Smolarz as he pits the best sub regions of Sonoma against the mountain ranges of Napa Valley including Cardinale and the 100 point awarded wines of Verité.

Includes VIP Entry into the California Festival.

$100

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VIP California Festival

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM     Fri, May 24, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Maybe it’s the warm weather we constantly dream of, but the wines of California have long been favourites of Calgarians. Tonight, we’re excited to bring you a festival filled with brilliant wines from the Sunshine State. You’ll love wandering through our festival cellar, and sampling the many styles of California wines, including elegant bubbles, vibrant whites, luscious roses, and a big, bold reds. Our kitchen team & the team from Earls Kitchen & Bar will be creating some tasty dishes to tantalize your appetite that celebrate true Californian style.

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

$75

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WSET Level 2 - 3 Sunday classes

10:00 AM to 6:00 PM     Sun, May 26, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

3 Sunday’s 10 – 6pm

May 26, Jun 2, Jun 9

WSET 2 - AWARD IN WINES & SPIRITS | 10am-5pm $799

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

NOTE: Deadline for registration is May 23, 2019

 $799

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Forty Creek Master Class with Chris Thompson

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Tues, May 28, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Join Brand Ambassador, Chris Thompson from Forty Creek Whisky Company as shares with you his passion for whisky. Since 2012, Chris has been an active member of the Forty Creek team, and played a key role in creating the distillery’s on-site brand experience. During this Master Class, Chris will demonstrate how the barrel influences the flavours that we have all come to know and love. You will explore the amazing aromas that are achieved through cask selection and in particular you will taste two Forty Creek classics, Double Barrel Reserve and Confederation Oak before and after the final barrel aging!

$40

*Cellar Club Members $20

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Spirits of the Rising Sun

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Tues, May 28, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Japan is a very innovative and interesting culture in the ways of most things, but on the spirits side they are absolute sorcerers. Being that rice is a commonly grown grain in Japan and all of Asia it is used in a good chunk of the crafted Sake and Spirits. Join us in a very special evening that will take you on a journey across the land of the rising Sun with carefully selected Sake, Shochu, Beer, Whiskey and food pairings. If this doesn't get you more excited about Japan then nothing will.

$35

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Glenfarclas Presents George Grant

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

We are thrilled to be welcoming back George Grant as he hosts an exclusive tasting here at Willow Park Wines & Spirits. George is the sixth generation of the family, and acts as the company’s Brand Ambassador. George joined the family business in 2000 after working for another Scotch Whisky Distiller, and the Glenfarclas distributor in Hong Kong; Fine Vintages (Far East) Ltd. George is passionate about Glenfarclas and enjoys introducing whisky lovers to the older expressions of the label, those distilled by his grandfather and watched over by his father.

Being a relatively small company, you won’t find Glenfarclas in every supermarket, however the family was delighted when their commitment to quality and traditions of the whisky trade were honoured in 2006, when Whisky Magazine named Glenfarclas ‘Distiller of the Year,’ for ‘being consistently good and staying true to its core values.’

Join us for this educational and exclusive event!

$35

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TasteDay Thursday - Intro to Old Fashioneds

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

The old fashioned has been the old-fashioned way to make a cocktail for about 130 years. The Trusted Expert team of Darryl Corbett & Mike Shaddock are going to teach you the different ways and adaptions that have been made over its long history. From the booze, the sugar, the bitters and the fruit – what’s going to be your favourite?

$15

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Local Spirits Mini-Festival

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Fri, May 31, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Calling all local lovers! Tonight’s mini festival will feature an intimate gathering of local distillers including Eau Claire, Burwood, Alberta Distillers and many more. As these distillers roll out their vodkas, gins and whiskies, it has brought an infusion of local flavours into Calgary. Join us as we discover what makes these spirits favourites of many Albertans and worldwide aficionados alike.

$40

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The Rum Islands - Master Class

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM     Fri, May 31, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Pirates of the Caribbean....Rum!

We'll set sail for Cuba and travel the rainbow of Rum Islands and their harbours until we finally weigh anchor off the coast of Guyana.  Leave your passports at home, we're pirates, we'll plunder the Islands for only the finest rums.  We'll explore the different styles, British, French and Spanish. 

 

This class includes entry into the Local Spirits Mini Festival.

$65

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June 2019
Beer & Cheese - Couple's Night Out

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Tues, June 4, 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; Bacon and Eggs, Simon and Garfunkel, Peanut Butter and Jelly, and of course Beer and Cheese! Adrian Watters and Dave the Beer Guy are our perfect pair, and they’ve been hosting beer and cheese tastings together for over 15 years! From Dark Beers and Blue Cheese, to Light Brews and Funky Farmhouse, these two have never met a match they can’t make! It’s a party of perfect pairs, from past to present!

$35

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TasteDay Thursday - Alberta's Finest

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

Alberta is widely known for our outstanding beef, abundance of oil, and producing the world’s okay-est band, Nickleback. Many people don’t realize that Alberta is also a rising hub for beer, cider, mead, and much more! Join Dave the Beer Guy and some special guests for a tasty journey into Alberta! We’re certain this night will open your eyes to how creative and unique our province really is!

$15

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Summer Beer Festival

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

Let the summer begin as we bring back our Summer Beer Festival, celebrating the outstanding beer-making talent both at home and abroad! This beer festival will be your opportunity to meet some of the talented Brew Masters behind the beers you love. You’ll discover local breweries, and sample some of the most classic styles from iconic beer-making regions in Canada, Germany, France, the United States, and more! Whether you’re a beer beginner or a beer buff, there’s something for everyone at this festival!

$40

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Pairings for the Grill with Jane Bond BBQ

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

Summer time is here and what is more Albertan then a great BBQ! Tonight’s partner is the playful and enthusiastic Chef Jenny B from Jane Bond BBQ.  Chef Jenny B is very knowledgeable and passionate about her chosen career. Having worked in the service industry all her life, she has a lot of insider tidbits when it comes to food and drink in general.  Tonight she will be delivering delicious southern inspired BBQ dishes that pair with the big bold quality zinfandels of California and other outstanding go to wine parings that are sure to be stars at your next outdoor or stampede celebrations.

$35

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TasteDay Thursday Wines for the Patio

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

Patio season is quickly approaching! Join us for this TasteDay Thursday as we tell you about our Patio favourites. We have a wine for you, whether you are a rosé sipper or enjoy a red wine in the shade. Learn about the importance of service temperature and what wines we prefer when it heats up.

$15

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Bacon, Bacon, Bacon!

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

If you love bacon, you don’t want to miss this class that has become a Willow Park Wines & Spirits favourite. We’ll be pairing up tasty bacon recipes with wines, beers and even a cocktail or two that will definitely prove that bacon is not just for breakfast!

$25

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Bargain Bourbons

5:00 PM to 6:30 PM     Sat June 15, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

During the Prohibition, Bourbon Whiskey lost its crown as America's go-to whiskey because people were making their own bathtub bourbon.  It ruined the whiskey's reputation.  Let's help restore this corn-dominate whiskey to its proper place among the world's great whiskies.

$25

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Sonoma in the City Festival

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM    Mon , June 17, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

We are so pleased to be partnering with the Sonoma County Vintners to bring a group of their wineries to Willow Park Wines & Spirits this June. Get to know more about this very famous wine region and its’ 18 distinct wine regions. Find out why some of California’s top Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are made in Sonoma, and why the most iconic Zinfandel producers are found here.

Join us as we welcome Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Seghesio Family Vineyards, Schug Carneros Estate Winery, Jackson Family Wines, Angels & Cowboys, DeLoach Vineyards & Buena Vista Winery, J Vineyards & MacMurray Estate, Emeritus Vineyards, Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery, Foley Family Wines, Ramey Wine Cellars, and  BR Cohn Winery & Kunde Family Estate to our festival Cellar. We will be offering up classic California cuisine prepared by our talented kitchen team.

$50

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Organics & Biodynamics

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

Celebrate the start of summer and longer sunlight hours with us as we explore the winemaking practices and philosophies of organic and biodynamic wines. Trusted Expert Michael Bigattini will guide you through an exciting collection of wines from around the globe. He’ll explain how the earth friendly practices of organics and biodynamics express themselves in the glass you are enjoying. You’ll discover how these trends are growing and becoming more widely accepted by winemakers everywhere. Let’s raise our glasses to summer!

$25

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TasteDay Thursday - Eastern Canada Wine Regions

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

At TasteDay Thursday this week we will learn all about the wines from Eastern Canada. Learn about how the Niagara area can ripen and produce quality wines. Plus we will look into some up and coming wine regions we hope to see more of in our market.

$15

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