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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.

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,

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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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, 

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


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