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Wine & Spirits Education

It’s one thing to truly enjoy wines and spirits. It’s another thing to be an expert. We are pleased to offer the industry’s most recognized courses by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust taught by our own team of Trusted Experts.

December 2018
SOLD OUT Cookies & Rum with Jeff Myers

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM     Sun, Dec 9, 2018 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

It just wouldn’t be the holiday season without a visit and special class from Jeff Meyers, Brand Ambassador for Flor de Cana Rum. This year Jeff will be using the holiday season for his inspiration as he shares his ideas for what rum and cookie pairings Santa might like to find left out for him on Christmas Eve. If you haven’t had a chance to attend this event before you won’t want to miss out on this good old-fashioned cookie dunkin’ fun. Be sure to book your tickets quick, as this one is always a packed event.

$35.00

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January 2019
WSET Level 1

10:00 AM to 8:00 PM     Sun, Jan 27, 2019 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

2 Day Course
Sunday, January 27: 10am-5pm
Monday, January 28: 6-9pm

A beginner level introduction to wine suitable for those starting a wine career or pursuing an interest in wine. For individuals new to wine study, this qualification provides a hands-on introduction to the world of wine. You’ll explore the main types and styles of wine through sight, smell, and taste, while also gaining the basic skills to describe wines accurately, and make food and wine pairings. Upon successful completion, you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

The qualification is assessed by a multiplechoice paper of 30 questions. Course delivered over two days, Sunday, January 27th, & Monday, January 28th, 2019. Included GST, Textbook and Exam.

$349

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Wine & Cheese Pairings

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

 Do you ever wonder what cheese goes with your favourite wine or vice-versa? Well get ready to have your questions answered as we team up with our friends at Springbank Cheese Co. to bring you a fun night all about the basics of pairing wine and cheese together. You’ll leave with a better understanding of classic pairings and why they work along with new hints and tips for matching any cheese you want to try.

$35

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February 2019
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 27: 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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March 2019
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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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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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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