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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. 

November 2019
TasteDay Thursday: Intro to Scotch, from Islay...

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

Style: Seated Tasting, Non-Reserved Seating

At this week’s TasteDay Thursday, we’re taking you back to the barrel to learn the basics of scotch. Trusted Expert Darryl Corbett will show you how to build your scotch-tasting palate as he teaches you about the incredible history and variations of the drink, as well as the physical sensations of its flavours. This class might be considered an introduction, but you’ll leave feeling like a scotch expert!

$15

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50 Shades of Spirits Festival

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Fri, Nov 15, 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

Spirits come in a variety of tints and tones, from crystal clear vodkas to rich brown whiskies! Hues vary due to distilling barrel type, flavourful additives, and plant of origin. Tonight, we’re toasting to all shades of spirits – whether they’re white, lite, or brown! Featuring local distilled spirits and some of our favourite imports, this night is sure to colour your palate with flavor!

$40

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Buffalo Trace Distillery Bourbon Master Class

5:30 PM to 7:00 PM     Fri, Nov 15, 2019
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Style: Seated Tasting, Non-Reserved Seating

Join us as we welcome John Pilley, the Canadian Regional Sales Manager for Sazerac, for an exciting tasting of bourbons from the legendary Buffalo Trace Distillery. Your tasting flight will include Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, Blanton’s Original, Blanton’s Gold, and Pappy van Winkle 20 year old. Make sure you stick around after the tasting, as we’ll be conducting a draw to purchase a bottle of the highly regarded Pappy van Winkle 20.

*Ticket includes entrance to the 50 Shades of Spirits Festival.

$85

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Tequila Master Class with Peter Smolarz

4:00 PM to 5:30 PM     Sat, Nov 16, 2019
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Style: Seated Tasting, Non-Reserved Seating

Tequila is experiencing a huge growth in popularity around the world, yet many people are not aware that Tequila is an entire region, not just the best-loved drink in Mexico! Featuring a 6 year old barrel-aged reposado from El Tequileño and other exquisite high-end tequilas, this Master Class will treat you to a world of flavour like you’ve never experienced. This is no longer a quickly-downed shot during a night out, but a cool libation for the connoisseur sipper.

$75

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Super Sake Show with Kinjo Sushi

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

Style: Seated Tasting, Non-Reserved Seating

Sake has been an integral part of Japanese culture for over a thousand years, with countless traditional and ceremonial uses. Tonight, we’ll be sipping on only premium sakes while learning about the history and production of this incredible rice-based drink. Kinjo will be in the room dishing out their fantastic sushi for an authentic pairing experience. Hosted by Dave the Sake Guy, this evening is sure to get you excited about what’s big in Japan!

$45

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Couple's Night Out: He Said She Said

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

Style: Seated Tasting, Non-Reserved Seating

Let’s get ready to rumble! Tonight, Trusted Experts Michael Bigattini and Samantha Nelmes are going head-to-head as they put their pairing knowledge to the test. Each competitor will create their own tasting menu, complete with treats from the kitchen team, and will vie for your votes on who created the best pairings. Who will prevail? That’s up to you to decide!

*Price is per person*

$45

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Winter Whites

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

Style: Seated Tasting, Non-Reserved Seating

Many people believe that white wines are best consumed on sunny days, but we’d argue that they never go out of season! In this class, you’ll be tasting some of our favourite winter-friendly white wine styles from around the world. We’re certain you’ll find new favourites and a new appreciation for this seasonless drink.

$35

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Beertails

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

Style: Standing Demo Tasting

Despite what you might think, we believe that beers and cocktails go hand in hand. Just look at the Beergarita, Michelada, and Lemon Shandy! Tonight, we’re sprucing up some of our favourite brews with different spirits, juices and garnishes to create delicious Beertails. Hosted by Michael Bigattini and Dave the Beer Guy, this class will show you how to turn even the simplest beers into works of art!

$25

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Barolo & Brunello Mini Festival

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Sat, Nov 23, 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 the battle of the B’s! Many consider Piedmont’s Barolo and Tuscan Brunello to be the ultimate interpretation of Italian red wines, often referred to as the Italian Kings. While the two have many similarities, like being made of a single grape variety and their extended aging process, they have incredibly different flavours and fan bases. At our Barolo & Brunello Mini-Festival, you can taste these highly regarded wines for yourself, and decide who deserves to be crowned as the reigning monarch.

$75

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Spirits with Smoke Cocktails

4:00 PM to 5:30 PM     Sat, Nov 23, 2019
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Style: Standing Demo Tasting

Add intrigue to your next dinner party by smoking your own cocktails! Join Trusted Expert Michael Bigattini and special guest Antonio Querin of Spirits with Smoke as we teach you how to use smoking boards to add rich, smoky flavours to your favourite cocktails! The evening will consist of a demonstration and sampling of select cocktails. Each guest will leave with a grab bag with their own smoking board and a 1oz bottle of Black Cloud Bitters!

$35

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Guess the Expensive Wine

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

Style: Seated Tasting, Non-Reserved Seating

Can you tell how much a wine is worth just by tasting it? Does the price always represent quality? Tonight, you get to be the judge as we present you with a mixed lineup of red and white wines ranging from bargains to bank busters, and you’ll have to figure out which are which! This eye-opening class is one of our favourites, and it’s always full of surprises.

$35

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1994's Master Class

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

Style: Seated Tasting, Non-Reserved Seating

As we finish off our 25th Anniversary celebrations, we invite you to join us as we taste and reflect on some of the amazing wines that were created the same year we were! Starting with magnums of 1994 Chateau Angludet, and the most famous of Argentina Wines, Wienart, we will discuss some of the challenges these regions experienced at this time. We will then move to the celebrated success of the 1994 vintage from Napa Valley, tasting Freemark Abbey, Spottswood, Shafer and Duckhorn. We will finish off an amazing evening by sipping on another grape based beverage, the 1994 Pellehaut Armagnac. After the formal presentation, a selection of appetizers, charcuterie and cheese will be enjoyed.

$100

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100 Point Bordeaux Master Class

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

Style: Seated Tasting, Non-Reserved Seating

Since 1982, Robert Parker has given 94 different Bordeaux wines his top score, creating an exclusive collection of Parker clarets. Tonight, Fine Wine Director Peter Smolarz will introduce you to these 100 point pours. Featured wines include the Château Latour 2003 & Château Ducru-Beaucaillou 2009 from Medoc, Saint-Émilion’s Château Cheval Blanc 2005 & Château Bellevue Mondotte 2005, as well as Château Pape-Clement 2009 from Pessac-Léognan, and Pomerol’s Château L’Evangile 2009.

$200

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94 Point Plus Festival

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Fri, Nov 29, 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

Spoil yourself at our exclusive 94 Plus Wine Festival, where we’ll be tasting the world’s most highly scored wines. Scores from influential wine writers, tasters and wine publications have influenced the wine selections of the evening. The pouring stations will be staffed by industry professionals and our own Trusted Experts, guaranteeing an educational and satisfying experience at each table. The wines featured will be from such highly accolated estates as; Chateau Pontet Canet, Fontodi’s Flaccianello,  Chateau Margaux, Sassicaia, Opus, Dominus, Jaboulet,  Chapoutier, Vérite, Grange, Chateau Palmer and Taylor Fladgate. Our kitchen team will be serving up fantastic delicacies to enhance this exclusive tasting experience!

$100

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VIP Riedel Hour - 94 Point Plus Festival

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM     Fri, Nov 29, 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

Spoil yourself at our exclusive 94 Plus Wine Festival, where we’ll be tasting the world’s most highly scored wines. Scores from influential wine writers, tasters and wine publications have influenced the wine selections of the evening. The pouring stations will be staffed by industry professionals and our own Trusted Experts, guaranteeing an educational and satisfying experience at each table. The wines featured will be from such highly accolated estates as; Chateau Pontet Canet, Fontodi’s Flaccianello,  Chateau Margaux, Sassicaia, Opus, Dominus, Jaboulet,  Chapoutier, Vérite, Grange, Chateau Palmer and Taylor Fladgate. Our kitchen team will be serving up fantastic delicacies to enhance this exclusive tasting experience!

VIP Riedel Hour includes early entrance into the festival, a chance to taste a premium selection of, and a complimentary Veritas Riedel stem, valued at $45.

$150

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December 2019
Bubbles & Brunch Bites Mini Festival

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM     Sunday, Dec 1, 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

Who says you need to wait until 5 o’clock to drink bubbles? At this new mini festival, we’ll be brunching in style, pairing our favourite sparkling wines and bubbly cocktails with classic breakfast bites prepared by our kitchen team. After learning about diverse and delicious breakfast wines, waking up on the weekends won’t seem so bad!

$45

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Champagne Pairs Perfectly with Appetizers

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

Style: Seated Tasting, Non-Reserved Seating

Many find the idea of pairing champagne to be daunting, but we argue that this sparkling wine is more versatile than you think! Tonight, you’ll see how champagne pairs with classic combinations as well as unconventional flavours. Our kitchen team will be preparing a variety of appetizers, including our famous gougères and Peter Smolarz’ special escargot, that will inspire you to discover more perfect pairings!

$75

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Tete du Cuvee

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Wed, Dec 4, 2019
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Style: Seated Tasting, Non-Reserved Seating

Our Tête du Cuvée, or “The Best of the Lot,” tasting, hosted by Trusted Experts Michael Bigattini and Peter Smolarz, has become a December tradition here at Willow Park Wines & Spirits. This tasting is an extravagant celebration of some of the world’s most renowned and sought-after Champagnes. This year’s lineup will feature Dom Ruinart 2004, Krug Rose, Piper Rare 2002 and a few more incredible bottles! A collection of appetizers specially created and paired expertly will be provided to showcase the delicacies of these rare and exquisite wines.

 

As a special treat, you will be taking home your Riedel crystal glasses with you after this event!  Glasses include; Veritas New World Pinot Noir, Veritas Oaked Chardonnay, and the Veritas Champagne Wine Glass.

$200

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TasteDay Thursday: Intro to Bubbles

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

Style: Seated Tasting, Non-Reserved Seating

At this week’s TasteDay Thursday, our Trusted Expert’s will take you on a tour of the effervescent world of sparkling wines. We’ll be popping the cork on all your bubbling questions, as well as many of our favourite Proseccos, Champagne-styles, and more!

$15

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Champagne Festival

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Fri, Dec 6, 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 celebrating the holiday season the only way we know how; with glasses full of bubbles! At our annual Champagne Festival, we’ll be toasting to all things sparkling from around the world. Fill your flute with classic styles like French Champagne and Italian prosecco or find new favourites hailing from California and South America. We are delighted to have Rodney’s Oyster House with us for this amazing event.

Wines selected from iconic houses such as Bollinger, Veuve Clicquot, Moët & Chandon, Taittinger, Ayala, and Canard-Duchêne will be featured alongside delicious pairings created by our talented kitchen team. With something to please every type of sparkling fan, you can consider this your no hassle holiday party!

$60

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VIP Riedel Hour - Champagne Festival

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM     Fri, Dec 6, 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 celebrating the holiday season the only way we know how; with glasses full of bubbles! At our annual Champagne Festival, we’ll be toasting to all things sparkling from around the world. Fill your flute with classic styles like French Champagne and Italian prosecco or find new favourites hailing from California and South America. We are delighted to have Rodney’s Oyster House with us for this amazing event.

Wines selected from iconic houses such as Bollinger, Veuve Clicquot, Moët & Chandon, Taittinger, Ayala, and Canard-Duchêne will be featured alongside delicious pairings created by our talented kitchen team. With something to please every type of sparkling fan, you can consider this your no hassle holiday party!

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

$85

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Rum & Cookies with Darryl Corbett

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM     Sun, Dec 8, 2019
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

Our favourite holiday class is back! Trusted Expert Darryl Corbett will be using the holiday season as inspiration for the ultimate rum and cookie pairings. After tonight, you’ll know exactly what to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve. This class sells out every year, so book your tickets soon to guarantee some old-fashioned cookie dunkin’ fun!

$25

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