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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.

October 2018
Brewmaster Series #5 - Troubled Monk

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Tues, Oct 16, 2018 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Rachel Mckenzie 403-296-1640, rachelm@willowpark.net

Have you ever wondered not only how beer is made but who are the talent behind the scenes creating these wonderful elixirs? We continue this ongoing series where Dave the Beer Guy will introduce you to some of his best beer friends in the industry. Each Brewmaster will also share their own creations with you and lead you through a tasting that showcases how each beer showcases its individual personality in the glass.

 Tonight’s event will feature Charlie Bredo owner of Troubled Monk from Red Deer. Charlie will share how the brewery has grown since they poured their first beers on June 12, 2015 and lead you through an exciting line up of their incredible beers.

$25.00

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Pairings with Pizza

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Wed, Oct 17, 2018 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Rachel Mckenzie 403-296-1640, rachelm@willowpark.net

What could be more fun than an evening of great friends and delicious pizza? An evening of great friends, delicious pizza, and expertly paired drinks, that’s what! Get your besties together and plan on spending an entertaining evening with our Trusted Expert team as we showcase classic pizza styles with wines, beers, and cocktails from around the world. If you are a pizza fan you’ll want to make sure to book your tickets early!

$55.00

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TasteDay Thursday Wines of Veneto

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Thurs, Oct 18, 2018 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Rachel Mckenzie 403-296-1640, rachelm@willowpark.net

TasteDay Thursday this week will take to you the hills around Venice as we delve into the wines of Veneto. You’ll be amazed to learn about how this area is home to famous wines such as Prosecco, Valpolicella, Amarone and the very famous Bellini cocktail.

$15.00

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Italian Festival

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Fri, Oct 19, 2018 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Rachel Mckenzie 403-296-1640, rachelm@willowpark.net

Celebrate the harvest with our vibrant and exciting Italian Wine Festival right in the heart of Calgary. Our Italian Festival offers you a chance to taste Italy from top to bottom; from the bubbles of Prosecco to the exciting new wineries of Sicily. We have gathered together the very best Italian vineyards under one roof, allowing you an unprecedented opportunity to taste the most diverse regions of a country that is known for its love of wine. Salute!

$50.00

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Master Class - Icons of Tuscany

5:30 PM to 6:30 PM     Fri, Oct 19, 2018 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Rachel Mckenzie 403-296-1640, rachelm@willowpark.net

Our Italian Master Class is sure to be a palate opening experience as we delve into the iconic wines and the diversity of the beloved region of Tuscany. This event will explore not only the traditional wines of the region but also the new progressive styles from the coastal area of Bolgheri. Your tasting flight will include Fontodi Flaccianello 2015, which has been described as a spellbinding wine from central Tuscany and the Podere Sapaio, Sapaio from Bolgheri along with others that we’re sure will delight.

 **Ticket included VIP Entry to the Italian Festival

$100.00

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VIP Italian Festival

6:30 PM to 9:00 PM     Fri, Oct 19, 2018 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Rachel Mckenzie 403-296-1640, rachelm@willowpark.net

Celebrate the harvest with our vibrant and exciting Italian Wine Festival right in the heart of Calgary. Our Italian Festival offers you a chance to taste Italy from top to bottom; from the bubbles of Prosecco to the exciting new wineries of Sicily. We have gathered together the very best Italian vineyards under one roof, allowing you an unprecedented opportunity to taste the most diverse regions of a country that is known for its love of wine. Salute!


$75.00

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Italian Specialties – Amaro Grappa Vin Santo More

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Sat, Oct 20, 2018 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net

Join Michael Bigattini for a special evening as he shares his passion for some of Italy’s most cherished afterdinner drinks. You’ll be lead through a fascinating tasting and lesson about each of the magical libations in your glass and leave the event with a new appreciation for digestif drinks.


$35.00

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Beer & Cheese for Fall

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Tues, Oct 23, 2018 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net

Back by popular demand! Dave the Beer Guy is teaming up once again with our friends at Springbank Cheese to bring you a scrumptious evening of beer and cheese parings. You’ll be amazed at the flavours and textures that will delight your palate as you’re expertly guided through the incredible lineup of fall beer and cheese favourites.

$35.00

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Tap'd Out Food + Beverage Craft Beer Festival
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Wed, Oct 24, 2018 

Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact:  Parkinson Association of Alberta 403 243 9901, info@parkinsonassociation.ca

Join us for the first annual Tap'd Out Food and Beverage Festival! Enjoy events across the province ranging from wine and craft beer tastings to three-course dinners. Each even will tantalize your taste buds with fantastic food and tasty beverages.

More information on Parkinson Association of Alberta's website about VIP tickets.

**Tickets are not available through Willow Park Wines & Spirits.

Tickets can be purchased directly from the Parkinson Association of Alberta by calling 403-243-9901. or clicking the link below.

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Tasteday Thursday Ghost Story Wines, Beers & Spirits

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM     Thurs, Oct 25, 2018 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Rachel Mckenzie 403-296-1640, rachelm@willowpark.net

We’re giving this week’s TasteDay Thusday a spooky spin as we explore ghost stories from wineries, breweries and distilleries from around the world. If you love an eerie tale and a tasty treat in your glass you’ll definitely want to join us for this creepy evening.

$15.00

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Whisky Master Class 1 - Andrew Laing

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM     Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net

Following in his father Stewart’s footsteps, Andrew spent time at Bruichladdich Distillery discovering the nuances of both whisky-making and Scottish island life. With his love of traveling he spent time in Thailand and Singapore, sharing his passion for great whisky to that part of the world before returning to Scotland in 2010 when he founded his own independent bottling company, Editions Spirits Ltd. In 2013 he merged his company with Hunter Laing and today enjoys working alongside his father and bringing great whiskies to the bottle to be enjoyed all around the world.

This tasting will include the Willow Park Wines & Spirits exclusive 21 YO Inchgower bottling. A very rare treat. All bottles are numbered and the whisky has been bottled at cask strength.

$25

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Whisky Master Class 2 - Gordon Dundas

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM     Sun, Oct 28, 2018 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net

Gordon Dundas is the International Brand Ambassador for Ian MacLeod Distillers, producers of Tamdhu, Glengoyne, and Smokehead Single Malt Whiskies. Gordon is a well-loved personality and his love for great whisky and his respect for the craft of whisky making will shine through as he leads you through an exciting line up of whiskies.
This tasting will include the Willow Park Wines & Spirits exclusive Tamdhu Barrel that was finished in European Oak and carefully selected by Whisky Expert Dave Michiels.

$25

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Whisky Master Class 3 - Ranald Watson

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM     Mon, Oct 29, 2018 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

We are excited to welcome back Ranald Watson, from Springbank Distillery in Campbeltown, as a special host for our Master Class Series. It has been many years since Ranald has been able to join us and this tasting is definitely a treat. This is sure to be an eye-opening tasting as he discusses the different styles that the distillery is known for such as rich and peaty to elegant and mellow.

This tasting will include the Longrow 18 and the Hazleburn 13 Oloroso Cask along with a few other special drams.

$25

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Whisky Master Class 4 - Ronnie Cox

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM     Mon, Oct 29, 2018 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net

With 40 years and 7 generations of whisky in history, Ronnie Cox is a legendary figure in the whisky world. As Berry Bros & Rudd’s brands heritage director he has plenty of stories to share and is fiercely passionate about positively advocating Scotch Whisky across the globe! He is a champion of the Keepers of the Quaich and inducted Willow Park Wines & Spirits Whisky Expert Dave Michiels and Founder Wayne Henuset into this exclusive group. Through the years Willow Park Wines & Spirits have purchased many exclusive barrels through Ronnie and have always been proud of our strong partnership and shared appreciation for great whisky.

This tasting will include the Willow Park Wines & Spirits exclusive Springbank and Glenlivet barrels along with a very special rye whisky bottling from Scotland.

$25

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VIP Whisky in the Warehouse

5:30 PM to 9:00 PM     Tues, Oct 30, 2018 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net

As the kick-off festival for the 25th Charity Wine Auction week, the highly anticipated whisky event of the year brings together our favourite distillers from Scotland, valued importers and friendly focused whisky lovers. With over 100+ whiskies in the room, there is a chance to taste old favourites and discover new arrivals. Our kitchen team, with the help of some of our esteemed food purveyors will make sure your belly is as full as your glass. Pipers and highland dancers round out the evening and guarantee you’ll feel transported to Scotland.

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.

$150

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Whisky in the Warehouse

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Tues, Oct 30, 2018 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net 

As the kick-off festival for the 25th Charity Wine Auction week, the highly anticipated whisky event of the year brings together our favourite distillers from Scotland, valued importers and friendly focused whisky lovers. With over 100+ whiskies in the room, there is a chance to taste old favourites and discover new arrivals. Our kitchen team, with the help of some of our esteemed food purveyors will make sure your belly is as full as your glass. Pipers and highland dancers round out the evening and guarantee you’ll feel transported to Scotland.

This year’s ticket price includes a complimentary special Willow Park Wines & Spirits 25th anniversary Glencairn glass.

$100

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November 2018
Beer Bash

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Thurs, Nov 1, 2018 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net

Beer Bash during our Willow Park Wines & Spirits Charity Auction week has become one of the most talked about beer events in the city, with over 250 reasons to attend – the good thing is all those reasons are beer! Paired with delicious beer bites, this evening is sure to impress. Like all other years, this festival keeps getting bigger & better as the beer scene in Calgary grows, making it oh-so fun to call yourself a “beer geek”.

This year’s ticket price includes a complimentary special Willow Park Wines & Spirits 25th anniversary beer tasting glass.

$50

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VIP Beer Bash

6:30 PM to 9:00 PM     Thurs, Nov 1, 2018 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Rachel Mckenzie 403-296-1640, rachelm@willowpark.net

Beer Bash during our Willow Park Wines & Spirits Charity Auction week has become one of the most talked about beer events in the city, with over 250 reasons to attend – the good thing is all those reasons are beer! Paired with delicious beer bites, this evening is sure to impress. Like all other years, this festival keeps getting bigger & better as the beer scene in Calgary grows, making it oh-so fun to call yourself a “beer geek”.

This year’s ticket price includes a complimentary special Willow Park Wines & Spirits 25th anniversary beer tasting glass.

$75

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California Dreamin'

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Fri, Nov 2, 2018 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net

Our annual California Dreamin’ festival offers a flavour packed evening. We’ll be joined by exciting restaurants and food purveyors delivering fabulous pairings for the bold and full-bodied wines of California. This year we welcome Robert Mondavi, Duckhorn, Freemark Abbey, J. Lohr, La Crema, St. Supery, Stonestreet, Rodney Strong, Wagner Family of Wine, Jackson Family Estates and a selection of Exclusive Premiere Napa Valley barrels. Don’t miss out on this premier wine event for fans of all levels of great California wines. The silent auction at this event focuses on exciting large bottle formats seldom seen on the retail floor.

$60

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Mondavi Master Class with Eugene Mlynczyk, MW

5:30 PM to 6:30 PM     Fri, Nov 2, 2018 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net

Join special guest and Master of Wine, Eugene Mlynczyk for an extraordinary tasting of the Robert Mondavi Reserve Wines. Eugene will be your guide through a lineup of wines including; Chardonnay, Oakville Fume Blanc, Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon and Oakville BDX Red Blend. If you have not had an opportunity to try these wines, this will be an exceptional opportunity to experience and learn from one of California’s most iconic ambassadors.

$105

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VIP California Dreamin'

6:30 PM to 9:00 PM     Fri, Nov 2, 2018 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: 403-296-1640, Rachel McKenzie, rachelm@willowpark.net

Our annual California Dreamin’ festival offers a flavour packed evening. We’ll be joined by exciting restaurants and food purveyors delivering fabulous pairings for the bold and full-bodied wines of California. This year we welcome Robert Mondavi, Duckhorn, Freemark Abbey, J. Lohr, La Crema, St. Supery, Stonestreet, Rodney Strong, Wagner Family of Wine, Jackson Family Estates and a selection of Exclusive Premiere Napa Valley barrels. Don’t miss out on this premier wine event for fans of all levels of great California wines. The silent auction at this event focuses on exciting large bottle formats seldom seen on the retail floor.

$85

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Charity Wine Auction - Diamond Ball
Diamond Ball           
25th Charity Wine Auction
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Sat, Nov 3, 2018 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Rachel Mckenzie 403-296-1640, rachelm@willowpark.net
 

Willow Park Wines & Spirits is excited to announce we will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of our annual Charity Wine Auction. This year will be all glitz and glam as we unveil the theme of ‘Diamond Ball’.  You can look forward to tasting over 100 premium wines represented by 25 winery principles from around the globe.  Gowns will sparkle and tuxes will shimmer at what guests have named ‘Canada’s Premier Wine Event’!

 Renowned mixologists will offer up creative cocktails and we will all enjoy the exclusive launch of a new prestigious Tequila.  All beverage station will be paired with delectable dishes from 25 of Calgary’s best chefs and caterers. The silent and 25 live auction offerings will be as diverse as ever, with some of the most sought after bottles, beautiful trips and once in a lifetime experiences all awaiting your winning bid. Star studded entertainment will keep this party going, all the while raising money for the Alberta Children’s Hospital new Centre for Child and Youth Mental Health and other notable charities.

 The Willow Park Wines & Spirits Charity Wine Auction is a must attend event for anyone passionate about fine wine, gourmet food and community support. Please join us as we bring the best of the wine and beverage world together and help us celebrate 25 years charitable giving. 

 $250

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Bordeaux VS. Napa - Off-Site Event

6:30 PM to 10:00 PM     Sun, Nov 4, 2018 
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact: Foreign Concept 403 719 7288, https://foreignconcept.ca/contact/

Winemakers James Sichel of Chateau Angludet and Maison Sichel, France and Michael Schulz of St. Supery Estate Vineyards & Winery, Napa Valley will face off at Foreign Concept on Sunday November 4 to prove that their wines suit the amazing cuisine of Chefs Duncan Ly and Jinhee Lee the best. This fun format allows for the winemakers to each present a wine for every course. The diners decides who wins the pairing. The PRIZE - bragging rights until next year.

Foreign Concept is located at 1011 1 Street SW, Calgary Alberta.

This stylish Pan-Asian restaurant named one of Canada’s Top 10 Multicultural Dining Experiences in 2017.

Tickets are not available through Willow Park Wines & Spirits, the tickets can be purchased directly from the restaurant by calling 403.719.7288

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Tap'd Out Food + Beverage Wine Festival
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Wed, Nov 14, 2018 

Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits Main Store
Contact:  Parkinson Association of Alberta 403 243 9901, info@parkinsonassociation.ca

Join us for the first annual Tap'd Out Food and Beverage Festival! Enjoy events across the province ranging from wine and craft beer tastings to three-course dinners. Each even will tantalize your taste buds with fantastic food and tasty beverages.

More information on Parkinson Association of Alberta's website about VIP tickets.

**Tickets are not available through Willow Park Wines & Spirits.

Tickets can be purchased directly from the Parkinson Association of Alberta by calling 403-243-9901. or clicking the link below.

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