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Tasting Centres

Get to Know Rum Guess the Expensive Wine A Haunted Wine Tasting Introduction to Wine Course Mixology 101 Course The Ultimate Wine and Chocolate Experience Wines from Down Under

Great Seasonal Recipes Seared Furakaki Crusted Tuna with Vine Ripened Tomatoes and Arugula Kerner Ice Wine and Olive Oil Cake with Hazelnuts and Fresh Seasonal Fruit Lamb Loin with Tomato Reduction Creamy Red Pepper and Butternut Squash Soup Original Draught Cheese Fondue

Event Calendar

Fall 2011


Co-op Wines & Spirits Tasting Centre Locations

Crowfoot

39 Crowfoot Way NW, Calgary 403-299-5341

Oakridge

2570 Southland Drive SW, Calgary 403-299-5444

Beddington

8220 Centre Street NE, Calgary 403-299-7764

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Tasting Centres


September Tastings 90+ Wines How does an evening of finesse, complexity and elegance sound to you? Come discover how wines achieve a ratings of 90 points or higher by the likes of wine critic Robert Parker and Wine Spectator magazine. This is a class where you will be the judge and decide for yourself if the wines are deserving of their ratings. Score cards ready? Oakridge: September 30, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person

Concha y Toro, Don Melchor Vertical Tasting Don Melchor has well been regarded as Chile’s first growth of Cabernet Sauvignon and is accredited with bringing the premium wines of Chile to the attention of world’s wine enthusiasts. Please join us for an evening with Enrique Tirado, acclaimed winemaker of Don Melchor wines for a 10 year vertical tasting beginning in 1990. Crowfoot: September 9, 7pm - 9pm • $50 per person

Errazuriz – An Evening in Chile A rare opportunity to experience one of the oldest wine producers from Chile as Rodrigo Rodero spends the evening with us sharing the story of the winery and tasting through some of their most iconic wines. If you love the wines of Chile, this is a night you won’t want to miss. Oakridge: September 28, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person Crowfoot: September 30, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person

Get to Know Italy – Two Night Class

Italy spans over 10 degrees of latitude, has over a thousand approved grape varieties and has 20 different wine growing regions, so it only makes sense that we took this beloved wine growing country and created a two-night class that covers its diversity and wines styles. This is a class for Italian wine lovers. PART I • Crowfoot: September 22, 7pm - 9pm PART II • Crowfoot: September 29, 7pm - 9pm $35 per person (workbook included)

Guess the Expensive Wine – This is Going to be Fun! Get ready for a fun night of tasting and guessing as we ask you to guess which wine is the most expensive wine in the room. Discover how wines of different values compare to each other, if you can really tell the difference and if most expensive always means the best. Oakridge: September 17, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person

Thanksgiving – Gobbles and Goblets Wondering what to pair with your Thanksgiving celebration this year? Let us help with this class filled with our favourite hints, tips, wines and beers to give your evening that WOW factor. We will be working with both traditional and non-traditional pairings for this class. Bring your favourite recipes, so we can help you pair those as well. Beddington: September 30, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person

The Ultimate Wine and Chocolate Experience If wine and chocolate are on your favourite things list, this special evening is for you. Join host Dick Wallingford, of the Rutherford Wine Company as he creates a true Napa Valley experience right in our tasting room. With fabulous wines from the Rutherford Wine Company and chocolates made especially for this class from Napa’s very own boutique chocolate shop, Vintage Sweet Shoppe, you will be amazed at all the flavours you will experience. Oakridge: September 16, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person Crowfoot: September 17, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person

Wines from Down Under This chinwag will dare to cover the many wine styles and key regions of the magnificent land of Oz. This nation produces stunning wines in too many styles to count. From a multitude of regions, we will be able to make sense of it all with our across-the-continent tasting tour. Ready-set-go! Beddington: September 10, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person

Wines of South America Spend the evening with us as we delve into an exploration of South American wine styles. Together we will discover an exciting array of wines that will surely suit any occasion, maximize your budget and show you why South America is quickly becoming the “go-to” wine region for premium wines at value prices! Oakridge: September 23, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person Beddington: September 24, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person

Wines of the Okanagan Come, discover and try the many fabulous wines we have coming from our neighbours to the west. By the end of this class you will have a new understanding of why the Okanagan Valley is so special and you will have tasted through a flight of wines that we are sure you will agree, showcase the magic of winemaking in the valley. Beddington: September 16, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person


Seared Furakaki Crusted Tuna with Vine Ripened Tomatoes and Arugula Serve with Rose, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris (dry), Riesling (dry) Serves 4

1 medium sized fillet of fresh tuna 50g wasabi paste 1 small bag furakaki mix 1 lime 1/3 cup sesame oil 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar 4-6 vine ripened tomatoes 60g arugula salt and pepper to taste Trim fillet of any sinew and cut in half. Cover tuna on all sides with thin smearing of wasabi paste. Roll in the furakaki mix. In a hot pan with as little oil as possible, sear the tuna on all sides (approximately 20 seconds each side). Allow to cool. Juice the lime and combine with sesame oil, rice wine vinegar and season to taste. With a sharp knife, thinly slice the tuna into strips. Finely slice the tomatoes and season. In a bowl, mix the arugula with some of the dressing. Arrange on a platter (or individual plates) the sliced tomato; top with the dressed arugula and lay over the slices of tuna. Lightly sprinkle with dressing. Recipe donated by Sileni Estates Limited, New Zealand


Co-op Wines & Spirits Tasting Centres

BEDDINGTON

Calendar of Events SUNDAY

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SEPTEMBER 2011

8220 Centre Street N.E.

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Wines from Down Under 7pm - 9pm

Labour Day

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Wines of the Okanagan 7pm - 9pm 18

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Thanksgiving Gobbles and Goblets 7pm - 9pm

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Visit our Tasting Centres on Thursdays from 4pm - 7pm to see which wines, beers or spirits we are highlighting for the week.


Co-op Wines & Spirits Tasting Centres

CROWFOOT

Calendar of Events SUNDAY

SEPTEMBER 2011

39 Crowfoot Way N.W.

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Concha y Toro Don Melchor Vertical Tasting

7pm - 9pm

Labour Day

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The Ultimate Wine and Chocolate Experience 7pm - 9pm 24

Get to Know Italy A Two Night Class part i

7pm - 9pm 25

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Get to Know Italy A Two Night Class part ii

7pm - 9pm

www.coopwinesandspirits.com

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Errazuriz

An Evening in Chile

7pm - 9pm

Red wine stains teeth by entering into small tube-like structures called dentin tubules, the part of the tooth between the enamel and the centre of a healthy tooth.


Co-op Wines & Spirits Tasting Centres

Oakridge

Calendar of Events SUNDAY

MONDAY

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SEPTEMBER 2011

2570 Southland Drive S.W.

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The Ultimate Wine and Chocolate Experience 7pm - 9pm 18

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Wines of South America 7pm - 9pm 25

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Errazuriz

An Evening in Chile

7pm - 9pm

www.coopwinesandspirits.com

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90+

Wines 7pm - 9pm

Guess the Expensive Wine 7pm - 9pm 24


Kerner Ice Wine and Olive Oil Cake with Hazelnuts and Fresh Seasonal Fruit 5 eggs plus 2 whites 3/4 cup sugar 1 Tbsp lemon zest 1 cup sifted all purpose flour 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 cup ice wine 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp good quality extra virgin olive oil Preheat the oven to 375°F. Separate the five eggs and whisk the yolks with the sugar for five minutes until they are a light colour. Add the lemon zest. Combine the flour and salt and add it slowly to the egg mixture, mixing continually until it is all incorporated. Add the dessert wine and olive oil in the same manner. Whisk the seven egg whites until stiff peaks form and fold into the other mixture. Pour into an 8� springform pan with parchment on the bottom and the sides well buttered. A few hazelnuts may be added to bottom of pan if desired. Bake for 20 minutes, rotating once. Drop the oven temperature to 325°F and bake for another 20 minutes. Turn the oven off and leave the cake in, covered with a round of buttered parchment, for 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the oven, invert and remove from the pan. Allow to cool completely. Serve with fresh, ripe fruit, toasted hazelnuts and a glass of ice wine. Recipe donated by the restaurant Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek Winery, British Columbia


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Food and Wine – A Tasty Science Class for Wine Enthusiasts

Big Reds – The Bigger the Better

“Try it to learn it” is the mantra for this class. Become confident in the art of food and wine pairing by discovering the principles of highlighting, contrasting and complimenting food and wine that all the professionals know and use. This is a fabulous hands-on science class that will be both fun and tasty.

Beddington: October 21, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person

Crowfoot: October 14, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person

Celebrate Oktoberfest with Creemore Springs

Get to Know Rum – A Night of Pirates, Molasses and Grog

Oakridge: October 6, 6pm - 9pm • $20 per person

Oakridge: October 7, 7pm - 9pm • $30 per person

Dark Beers are all Treat and No Trick

Guess the Expensive Wine – This is Going to be Fun!

Do you love a wine that you can’t see through in the glass? Then you are sure to love this class where we will taste through some fabulous “big” red wines and explain the region styles, food pairing ideas and winemaking styles that go into making the wines you enjoy.

With the sound of “umpapa” playing in the Tasting Room, we will celebrate Oktoberfest with a tasting of Creemore Springs beers and traditional German and Czech dishes. Feel free to wear your lederhosen.

Spend the night on the dark side with critically acclaimed beer writer Mike Tessier, as he shares an evening distilling the troubling myths of delicious and sometimes sinister looking dark beers. Oakridge: October 28, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person

Discover Beer – Oktoberfest Celebration

We have created Discover nights to give you an opportunity to try and learn about a themed selection of different products in a more informal and walk-about style. This evening will be showcasing European beers and a selection of tapas and fingers foods for you to enjoy. Oakridge: October 1, 7pm - 9pm • $30 per person

Emilana Organic Vineyards, Chile

Spend the evening tasting and learning all about organic and biodynamic wine making from one of the world’s most regarded wineries on the topic. Oakridge: October 13, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person

An Evening with Tantalus Vineyards

We are delighted to host this special evening with Jane Hatch, Warwick Shaw (winegrower) and David Paterson (winemaker) the team that creates the wine magic on the shores of Lake Okanagan at Tantalus Vineyards. This vineyard has a history dating back to 1927. Today it is considered the oldest continuously producing commercial vineyard in British Columbia. They have found their niche creating exceptional single vineyard, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Join us for this exquisite tasting of some of the Okanagan’s very best. Crowfoot: October 20, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person

Join us as we raise our sails and head off on a voyage that will expose you to the many different styles and flavours of rum from around the world. After this evening you will have a new appreciation for the one of the world’s most beloved spirits.

Get ready for a fun night of tasting and guessing as we ask you to guess which wine is the most expensive wine in the room. Discover how wines of different values compare to each other, if you can really tell the difference and if most expensive always means the best. Beddington: October 15, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person

A Haunted Tasting – Ghost Stories and Spooky Legends

Get your costume on (if you like) and spend the evening with us as we taste through a fun flight of wines, beers and spirits that all have a ghost story or spooky legend tied to them. If you love a good story while sipping on something tasty, you won’t want to miss this class. Beddington: October 28, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person

Introduction to Wine – Wine 101, Four Evening Class

Our new four evening Wine 101 course has been professionally created by our own in-house sommelier team to help build your level of wine confidence and knowledge. As much as this course covers the “basics” of wine, you will find nothing basic about it, as we cover a vast array of topics and wine styles in every class. For more information and a more detailed description of each week’s programming, please visit our website. Crowfoot: October 4, 11, 18, 25, 6:30pm - 9pm • $150 per person (workbook included)

IVWA Award Winners with Wine Access

Join Tom Firth of Wine Access Magazine as he shares some of the winners from this year’s International Value Wine Awards and some fun behind-the-scene stories of the event itself. Crowfoot: October 7, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person


Candy Corn Martini 3/4 oz vanilla vodka 1/2 oz creme de cacao 1/2 oz butterscotch schnapps 2 oz orange juice 1 Tbsp dark cocoa powder Ring 6 oz Martini glass with orange juice then with Cocoa powder. Pour 1/2 cup of ice into shaker, then spirits and Orange Juice. Shake vigorously and pour into glass. Garnish with orange wedge and candy corn on a stick.

OKTOBERFEST Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival held in Munich, Germany every fall for 16 days with the last day always held on the first Sunday of October. Six million people visit the event each year where they enjoy over six million litres of beer. Oktoberfest originally began October 12, 1810, when the city of Munich was asked to join in the wedding celebrations for the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese. The original celebrations lasted five days and a horse race was the main event. Over the years the anniversary celebrations turned into a fair with rides and other amusement. Beer and food tents were added and the dates moved to the end of September to take advantage of the better weather.

Beer Tip: Serving beer at the correct temperature for its style is important so that you can experience it at its best. If a beer is served too cold, it will not be able to fully express all of its aromas and flavours, whereas if it is too warm, it will be flabby and not exciting in the glass. Here is a helpful guideline for you to use to ensure that you enjoy the beer in your glass at its best:

Fruit Beers

4 - 10 °C

Wheat Beers and Pale Ales

7 - 10 °C

Pale Ales, Amber and Dark Lagers

10 - 13 °C

Strong Ales, Barley Wines and Belgian Ales

10 - 13 °C

Dark Ales, including Porters and Stouts

13 - 15 °C


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Judgement of Paris – Napa vs. France

The wine event of the year! Join us for this special evening as we recreate both the red and white wine flights from one of the world’s most famous wine tasting. The Judgement of Paris was done in 1976, and it changed the way people around the world looked at wines from the United States and turned wine collectors’ eyes to the Napa Valley. This tasting of twenty wines has never been recreated before in the city of Calgary and we are proud to bring this unique and rare experience to you. Be the judge as we taste the wines blind and see how the wines score and place in this iconic recreation. Seating is limited. For more information on this tasting, please visit our website. Crowfoot: October 22, 4:30pm - 9pm • $250 per person

Mixology 101 - Bartending Basics – Two Part Course

Do you enjoy a great cocktail when you go out and wish that you knew how to create delicious drinks for yourself at home? Learn the basics and some secrets and hints that all great bartenders know. We have partnered up with some talented people in the cocktail industry to bring you this specialty course and we can’t wait to have you stirring, muddling and shaking in our tasting rooms. Course booklet and supplies will be given out at the first class. PART I • Crowfoot: October 15, 1:30pm - 4:30pm PART II • Crowfoot: October 29, 1:30pm - 4:30pm $120 per person (workbook and bartenders kit included)

Mysterious Madeira – An Evening with Henriques and Henriques

Spend the evening with us as we host Migual Jardim, from Henriques and Henriques Maderia, as he shares with us the stories and a tasting of these special wines that have been produced since the 15th Century. They were considered so special that it was the drink used by the founding fathers of the United States to toast the signing of the Declaration of Independence. This is a very special night with some rare and old vintages being tasted and signed by Mr. Jardim.

Organic Wines – What Does It All Mean?

What is the difference between wines with labels that read “made with organic grapes”, “organic” and “biodynamic” and is there really a difference in the wines? This class will help you make sense of it all and leave you feeling empowered about how to shop for wines that are organic. Oakridge: October 20, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person

Surfing the California Wine Wave

Spend the evening with us as we explore the Golden State’s immensely diverse wine regions and styles that find themselves beloved and in high demand all around the world. We will start from the industry’s humble beginnings as wines grown for church and family to its evolution as the country’s largest and most well-known wine producing states. We will be tasting a collection of simple jug wines from its beginnings right up to some of its most sought after cult wines. Oakridge: October 15, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person

Value Wines for Fall

Looking for some hidden gems that taste great and are all under $25 bucks? We have put a delicious evening together where you can try some of our favourite wines that will be perfect for keeping your budget in line this fall season. Beddington: October 6, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person

Wines of France – A Two Night Tour

Have you ever dreamed of a trip to France filled with great food, vineyards and wines? Come along as we whisk you away in this two night class, where we will be exploring and visiting the key wine regions and styles of this fascinating and historic country. This is a faire de l’exploration that will have you sipping French wine with confidence in no time as all.

Crowfoot: October 6, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person

PART I • Oakridge: October 14, 7pm - 9pm PART II • Oakridge: October 21, 7pm - 9pm $35 per person (workbook included)

Old World vs. New World

Wines of Trapiche – Argentina’s Most Awarded Malbecs

Compare and contrast a collection of wines from the New World against classic styles from Old World regions and be the judge as to which style you prefer best. We will sip, swirl and contemplate wine styles, history, wine making techniques and varieties from around the globe. Beddington: October 13, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person

Join us for a special evening as we host Carla Castorina, winemaker for the Trapiche Winery of Argentina, as she leads us through an evening of fabulous wines and great stories. If you are a Malbec fan you won’t want to miss this tasting. Oakridge: October 25 • 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person


Lamb Loin with Tomato Reduction

Serve with Shiraz, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Syrah or Bordeaux Blends Serves 2

450g (1 lb) Lamb Loin 2 shallots, sliced 2 garlic cloves, sliced 6 sprigs fresh thyme 1 sprig fresh rosemary 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Tomato Reduction Ingredients: 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup red wine – Syrah or Shiraz 2 Tbsp sherry vinegar 3/4 cup tomato juice 1/2 cup veal jus

Marinate the lamb in the aromatics and olive oil overnight in the fridge. Remove the lamb from the marinade and remove any excess oil and aromatics. Let the lamb temper on the table for one hour to bring up to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Sear the lamb in a hot skillet and roast in the oven to approximately 135°F (medium rare/medium) or however you desire; remove from the pan. Let it rest on the table as you make the tomato reduction. Tomato Reduction: Please note, it is important that you are ready to make the sauce by having all of the ingredients close by as the caramel will easily overcook. Heat a medium sauce pan on a medium setting. Sprinkle half of the sugar on the bottom of the pan to begin the caramelizing process. Add the remaining sugar and cook to a rich golden colour. Deglaze with the Syrah and reduce by half. Add the vinegar and tomato juice and continue to reduce by half. Add the veal jus and cook to desired consistency. Remove from the heat and serve with the lamb. Recipe donated by Mission Hill Winery, British Columbia


Co-op Wines & Spirits Tasting Centres

BEDDINGTON

Calendar of Events SUNDAY

OCTOBER 2011

8220 Centre Street N.E.

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Travaglini Wine Dinner

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Guess the Expensive Wine 7pm - 9pm

Old World v.s. New World 7pm - 9pm

Thanksgiving Day

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Value Wines for Fall 7pm - 9pm

Contact us for information.

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Big Reds

7pm - 9pm 23

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A Haunted Tasting 7pm - 9pm 30

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In over 200 years, Oktoberfest has only been cancelled 24 times due to wars and medical outbreaks. This year’s event begins on October 17. Should you wish to plan a trip visit, any Calgary Co-op travel centre.


Co-op Wines & Spirits Tasting Centres

CROWFOOT

Calendar of Events SUNDAY

OCTOBER 2011

39 Crowfoot Way N.W.

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Contact us for information.

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Introduction to Wine 6:30pm - 9pm 17

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Introduction to Wine 6:30pm - 9pm 23

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Mixology 101

Food and Wine 7pm - 9pm

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part i

1:30pm - 4:30pm 21

An Evening with Tantalus Vineyards 7pm - 9pm 25

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Introduction to Wine 6:30pm - 9pm 30

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IVWA Award Winners with Wine Access 7pm - 9pm

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Private Locker Class 7pm - 9pm

Thanksgiving Day

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Maderia Wines 7pm - 9pm

Travaglini Wine Dinner

Introduction to Wine 6:30pm - 9pm

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Judgement of Paris 4:30pm - 9pm 28

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Mixology 101 part ii

1:30pm - 4:30pm

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Visit our Tasting Centres on Thursdays from 4pm - 7pm to see which wines, beers or spirits we are highlighting for the week.


Co-op Wines & Spirits Tasting Centres

Oakridge

Calendar of Events SUNDAY

OCTOBER 2011

2570 Southland Drive S.W.

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

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Discover Beer Oktoberfest Celebration

7pm - 9pm

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Travaglini Wine Dinner

Contact us for information.

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Trapiche

A Malbec Evening

7pm - 9pm

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www.coopwinesandspirits.com

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8

14

Wines of France A Two Night Tour part i

7pm -9

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21

15

Surfing the California Wine Wave 7pm - 9pm 22

Wines of France

Organic Wines 7pm - 9pm 23

7

Get to Know Rum 7pm - 9pm

13

Emilana Organic Vineyards Chile 7pm - 9pm

Thanksgiving Day

16

6

Celebrate Oktoberfest with Creemore Springs 6pm -9pm

A Two Night Tour part ii

7pm -9 27

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Dark Beers 7pm - 9pm

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Creamy Red Pepper and Butternut Squash Soup Serve with Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay or Amber Beer

1 tsp canola oil 1 onion, chopped 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock 2 lbs butternut squash, peeled and cut into half-inch chunks 1 roasted red pepper 1 Tbsp brown sugar 1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional) pinch grated nutmeg salted green pumpkin seeds, to sprinkle on top Heat oil in pot for a few minutes, then add the onion and cook until softened (5-7 minutes). Add the squash and cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently until softened and getting mushy around the edges. Once soft, add the broth, cover and simmer on low heat for about 20 minutes. Approximately 15 minutes in, add chopped roasted red pepper, spices and sugar. Remove from heat, using a hand blender, mix until creamy. Recipe donated by Julie Van Rosendaal


November Tastings page 1 of 2

Award Winning Amrut Whisky Tasting

Join Ashok Chokalingham as he spends an evening teaching us about the world’s highest regarded Indian Single Malt Whisky that took the critics by storm. We will enjoy tasting these delicious whiskies and pairing them with Indian cuisine. Oakridge: November 1, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person

German Wines

Wines of the Deutschland are among the most food-friendly and aromatic in the world. Let us open you up to the many different styles of German wines and help you make sense of wine labels at the same time. Trust us when we say that you won’t want to miss this class and that we are positive it will open your eyes to just how people and food-friendly German wines can be. We’re even going to teach you how to say ‘Trockenbeerenauslese’. Oakridge: November 25, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person

Get to Know Italy – Two Night Class

Discover Beer – Come Sip and Sample in our Tasting Rooms

Italy spans over 10 degrees of latitude, has over a thousand approved grape varieties and has 20 different wine growing regions, so it only makes sense that we took this beloved wine growing country and created a two-night class that covers its diversity and wines styles. This is a class for Italian wine lovers.

Beddington: November 5, 7pm - 9pm • $30 per person

PART I • Beddington: November 26, 7pm - 9pm PART II • Beddington: December 3, 7pm - 9pm $35 per person (workbook included)

We have created Discover nights to give you an opportunity to try and learn about a themed selection of different products in a more informal and walk-about style. This evening will be showcasing craft Canadian beers and a selection of tapas and fingers foods for you to enjoy.

Discover Whisky – Come Sip and Sample in Our Tasting Rooms

We have created Discover nights to give you an opportunity to try and learn about a themed selection of different products in a more informal and walk-about style. This evening will be showcasing whiskies from around the world and a selection of tapas and fingers foods for you to enjoy.

Get to Know Rum – A Night of Pirates, Molasses and Grog

Join us as we raise our sails and head off on a voyage that will expose you to the many different styles and flavours of rum from around the world. After this evening you will have a new appreciation for the one of the world’s most beloved spirits.

Oakridge: November 26, 7pm - 9pm • $30 per person

Crowfoot: November 25, 7pm - 9pm • $30 per person

Fancy France – An Evening of Terroir

Guess the Expensive Wine – This is Going to be Fun!

Do you fancy the finer things in life? Wondering what some of the expensive bottles of French wine would taste like and if they’re worth it? Spend the evening with us as we pop the corks on some of our finer wines of Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhone and explore them in this very special class.

Get ready for a fun night of tasting and guessing as we ask you to guess which wine is the most expensive wine in the room. Discover how wines of different values compare to each other, if you can really tell the difference and if most expensive always means the best. Crowfoot: November 24, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person

Oakridge: November 5, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person

Food and Wine – A Tasty Science Class for Wine Enthusiasts

“Try it to learn it” is the mantra for this class. Become confident in the art of food and wine pairing by discovering the principles of highlighting, contrasting and complimenting food and wine that all the professionals know and use. This is a fabulous hands-on science class that will be both fun and tasty. Beddington: November 4, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person

Holiday Fashions and Wine

We are happy to welcome back Calgary’s favourite stylist, Karen Judge as she shares her fashion hints and tips for the holidays. We will have fun showing you our must have wines for the festive season and teaming them up to the season’s hottest styles. Karen is usually joined by some of her fashion friends and they come with fabulous accessories and items that might help you with some holiday shopping ideas. Crowfoot: November 26, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person


Entertaining with Cheese

Party Planning Hints

Entertaining with cheese today is a far cry from the cube-and-toothpick platters of family gatherings of old. When it comes to entertaining, cheese tasting is the perfect way to offer a wide variety of flavours and textures and let your guests explore delicious new combinations. Whether it is served as a snack with friends, a course before dessert or a traditional dégustation (wine tasting), cheese always fits the menu. Here are a few tips for serving cheese with success:

When planning a party, use the simple graph to help you figure out the amount of wine that you will need for your event:

• When selecting a variety of cheeses, pick different tastes, textures, colours, degrees of firmness and so on.

• Count on two to three glasses of wine for the first hour per person at a cocktail party and then one glass for each hour afterwards.

• Always serve cheese at room temperature so that the flavours have time to open up. • Hard cheeses like OKA and Britannia can share a cutting knife, while soft cheeses like Champfleury and Vaudreuil need their own knives. • Add variety and colour by serving cheese with olives, nuts, dried fruit, honey, preserves, and crackers or a sliced baguette. The plainer the cracker, the less it will influence the taste of the cheese. Dontated by Agropur Cheese

• Each bottle of wine will give you five - five ounce pours which is the size that fits comfortably in an average wine glass.

• For beer, count on three bottles of beer per person in the first two hours and then one bottle for each hour afterwards. • Cocktails – two cocktails for the first hour and one for every hour afterwards. • You will get 24 one ounce pours, 16 one and a half ounce pours or 12 double shots from a mL bottle of spirits (vodka, rum, gin, etc). • Be sure to offer pop, water and/or punch for non-alcoholic drink choices. Number of Hours

Glasses per Person

Number of Guests

Total Number of Bottles

2 hour cocktail party 4 hour dinner party

2 5

20 85

8 bottles 8 bottles


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IVWA Award Winners with Wine Access

Join Tom Firth of Wine Access Magazine as he shares some of the winners from this year’s International Value Wine Awards and some fun behind-the-scene stories of the event itself. Oakridge: November 24, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person

Introduction to Wine – Wine 101 – Four Night Class

Our new four evening Wine 101 course has been professionally created by our own in-house sommelier team to help build your level of wine confidence and knowledge. As much as this course covers the “basics” of wine, you will find nothing basic about it, as we cover a vast array of topics and wine styles in every class. For more information and a more detailed description of each week’s programming, please visit our website. Oakridge: November 2, 9, 16, 23, 6:30pm - 9pm • $150 per person (workbook included)

Movember and Lions Winter Ale Launch

Skype California – A Distance Tasting in Real Time

Join us for our first Skype tasting as we bring you four fabulous wine personalities from California in real time as they lead you through a tasting of their wines while they are onsite at the winery. This is going to be great fun and we can’t wait to bring this experience to you. Winemakers you will be tasting with will be from Benziger Family Winery, Domaine Carneros Winery, Francis Ford Coppola Winery and St. Francis Winery & Vineyards. Crowfoot: November 5, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person

Surfing the California Wine Wave

Spend the evening with us as we explore the Golden State’s immensely diverse wine regions and styles that find themselves beloved and in high demand all around the world. We will start from the industry’s humble beginnings as wines grown for church and family to its evolution as the country’s largest and most well-known wine producing states. We will be tasting a collection of simple jug wines from its beginnings right up to some of its most sought after cult wines. Crowfoot: November 10, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person Beddington: November 25, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person

Join us as we launch Granville Island Brewery Lions Winter Ale and our Movember campaign. This will be a fun night where we will be sampling the new Lions Winter Ale and registering participants and teams for Movember. We will even have a photographer on site to take the before pictures so that we can follow along and pick our winner on November 30. Your ticket for this class is also good for the November 30 Mo-Party. All ticket sales for this evening will be donated to Movember Canada.

Value Wines for Fall

Crowfoot: November 3, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person

Wines from Down Under

Odd Ball Wines

Did you know that wine is made in exotic places like Algeria, Lebanon and Uruguay? What is Tannat, Kadarka or Zweigelt? Come taste and learn about these oddities from both far away and close to home regions. They will surprise you. Beddington: November 12, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person

Looking for some hidden gems that taste great and are all under $25 bucks? We have put a delicious evening together where you can try some of our favourite wines that will be perfect for keeping your budget in line this fall season. Oakridge: November 4, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person

This chinwag will dare to cover the many wine styles and key regions of the magnificent land of Oz. This nation produces stunning wines in too many styles to count. From a multitude of regions, we will be able to make sense of it all with our across-the-continent tasting tour. Ready-set-go! Oakridge: November 10, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person Crowfoot: November 12, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person


Original Draught Cheese Fondue

Serve with your favourite draught, amber, dark beer, full-bodied Chardonnay, Merlot or sparkling wine.

1 cup Canadian Oka, in small dice 1 cup Canadian Emmental, grated 1 cup Canadian Vacherin, in small dice 4 tsp cornstarch 1 clove garlic, sliced in two 3/4 cup lager beer 2 Tbsp kirsch 1 tsp lemon juice Ground nutmeg and pepper to taste 2 to 3 baguettes, cubed 2 cups assorted raw vegetables (quartered mushrooms, broccoli and cauliflower florets, etc.) In a bowl, mix cheeses and cornstarch. Rub the inside of a fondue pot with sliced faces of garlic clove. Over medium heat, pour beer, kirsch and lemon juice in pot and bring close to the boiling point, then reduce heat to very low. Add cheeses gradually by handfuls, stirring until melted. Keep heat low; do not boil; as fondue should not be subjected to high temperatures. Stir in a figure eight motion with a wooden spoon until smooth and creamy. Blend in nutmeg and pepper to taste. Spear baguette cubes and vegetables with fork, dip in fondue and enjoy! Recipe donated by Sleemans Original Draught Beer


Co-op Wines & Spirits Tasting Centres

BEDDINGTON

Calendar of Events SUNDAY

NOVEMBER 2011

8220 Centre Street N.E.

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

1

THURSDAY

2

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

3

4

Food and Wine 7pm - 9pm 6

7

8

9

10

Discover Beer 7pm - 9pm 11

Remembrance Day

13

14

15

16

5

17

12

Odd Ball Wines 7pm - 9pm

18

19

the Grape Escape the Grape Escape

20

27

21

28

www.coopwinesandspirits.com

22

29

23

24

Wine, Beer & Spirits Festival

Wine, Beer & Spirits Festival

See back cover for details.

See back cover for details.

Surfing the California Wine Wave 7pm - 9pm

25

26

Get to Know Italy A Two Night Class part i

7pm - 9pm

30

you Did w? kno

The first known recipe for a Martini was in Harry Johnson’s book the New and Improved Bartenders Guide in 1882.


Co-op Wines & Spirits Tasting Centres

CROWFOOT

Calendar of Events SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

1

6

13

NOVEMBER 2011

39 Crowfoot Way NW

7

14

THURSDAY

2

8

9

15

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

3

4

Movember Launch with Lions Winter Ale 7pm - 9pm Surfing the California Wine Wave 7pm - 9pm

16

5

Skype California 1:45pm - 4pm

10

11

Remembrance Day

17

12

Wines from Down Under 7pm - 9pm

18

19

the Grape Escape the Grape Escape

20

21

22

23

28

29

Wine, Beer & Spirits Festival

See back cover for details.

See back cover for details.

24

Guess the Expensive Wine 7pm - 9pm 27

Wine, Beer & Spirits Festival

25

Get to Know Rum 7pm - 9pm

26

Holiday Fashions and Wine 7pm - 9pm

30

Mo-Party

6pm - 9pm

www.coopwinesandspirits.com

you Did w? kno

Vintage is the term used to describe the year the grapes were picked for the wine and not the year it was bottled.


Co-op Wines & Spirits Tasting Centres

Oakridge

Calendar of Events SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

1

Award Winning Amrut Whisky Tasting 7pm - 9pm 6

7

THURSDAY

2

14

FRIDAY

8

10

Wines from Down Under 7pm - 9pm 16

21

22

28

www.coopwinesandspirits.com

29

Fancy French 7pm - 9pm 12

Remembrance Day

18

19

the Grape Escape the Grape Escape

23

Introduction to Wine 6:30pm -9pm 27

5

11

17

Introduction to Wine 6:30pm -9pm 20

4

Value Wines for Fall 7pm - 9pm 9

15

SATURDAY

3

Introduction to Wine 6:30pm -9pm

Introduction to Wine 6:30pm -9pm 13

NOVEMBER 2011

2570 Southland Drive S.W.

Wine, Beer & Spirits Festival

Wine, Beer & Spirits Festival

See back cover for details.

See back cover for details.

24

IVWA Award Winners with Wine Access 7pm - 9pm

25

German Wines 7pm - 9pm

26

Discover Whisky 7pm - 9pm

30

ng Tasti ys d s a Thur

Visit our Tasting Centres on Thursdays from 4pm - 7pm to see which wines, beers or spirits we are highlighting for the week.


Classic Sparkling Wine Holiday Punch 1 (12 oz) can frozen sweetened cranberry juice concentrate 1 (12 oz) can frozen pink lemonade concentrate 1 (6 oz) can frozen limeade concentrate 1 (750 mL) bottle dry white wine, chilled (Pinot Grigio is a good option here)

1L carbonated water, chilled

(7UP or Sprite can be used for a sweeter flavour)

2 (750 mL) bottles sparkling wine/champagne, chilled

(Cremant from France or Cava from Spain are great to use here)

1 large lemon - sliced, for garnish 1/2 cup fresh mint, garnish In large punch bowl, combine the cranberry juice, pink lemonade, limeade, white wine, club soda and champagne. Do not add sparkling wine until just before the punch is to be served. Garnish with lemon slices and fresh mint leaves. Freezing whole cranberries either on their own or with water in ice cube trays is a pretty way to keep this punch chilled.

Candy Cane Martini 1 ½ oz vodka 1tsp peppermint schnapps 1 crushed candy cane Mix all ingredients with ice in a shaker. Strain liquid into a chilled cocktail glass. Option: Wet rim of glass and dip into crushed candy cane pieces for a fun rim on this classic holiday cocktail.


December Tastings 90+ Wines

Holiday Cocktails

How does an evening of finesse, complexity and elegance sound to you? Come discover how wines achieve a ratings of 90 points or higher by the likes of wine critic Robert Parker and Wine Spectator magazine. This is a class where you will be the judge and decide for yourself if the wines are deserving of their ratings. Score cards ready?

‘Snowball’, ‘Cuppa Good Cheer’, ‘Candy Cane Swirl’, ‘Frosty Noggin’ and of course, ‘Rudolph the Red Nose Reinbeer’; join us for this festive and fun class that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. We will teach you how to WOW your holiday guests with some of our favourite holiday cocktails.

Beddington: December 9, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person

Oakridge: December 2, 7pm - 9pm • $30 per person Crowfoot: December 10, 7pm - 9pm • $30 per person

Cognacs, Armagnac and Calvados – Classic Fireplace Sippers

With the winter months upon us, you won’t want to miss spending the evening with us as we lead you through the history, regions and styles of these beloved drinks. We think you will be surprised not only at the different flavours, but also how pirates and the three musketeers fall into their stories. Beddington: December 10, 7pm - 9pm • $30 per person

Discover Sparkling Wines – Come Sip and Sample in our Tasting Rooms

We have created Discover nights to give you an opportunity to try and learn about a themed selection of different products in a more informal and walk-about style. This evening will be showcasing sparkling wines and a selection of tapas and fingers foods for you to enjoy. Crowfoot: December 3, 7pm - 9pm • $30 per person Oakridge: December 9, 7pm - 9pm • $30 per person Beddington: December 16, 7pm - 9pm • $30 per person

Get to Know Italy – Two Night Class

Italy spans over 10 degrees of latitude, has over a thousand approved grape varieties and has 20 different wine growing regions, so it only makes sense that we took this beloved wine growing country and created a two-night class that covers its diversity and wines styles. This is a class for Italian wine lovers. PART I • Beddington: November 26, 7pm - 9pm PART II • Beddington: December 3, 7pm - 9pm $35 per person (workbook included)

Holiday Entertaining Hints

It’s that time of year again where it seems like everyone is entertaining. Come and spend the evening with us as we share some of our favourite hints, tips and pairings that will have you whipping them together like a pro. This will be a fun class and you don’t know who might just show up with some great hints of their own. Beddington: December 1, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person

Let’s Get Fortified!

What is a fortified wine? Why do they fortify wine? Who are ‘they’ and where are they made? Explore the wines of Madeira, Marsala, Vermouth, Sherry and Port in this class that explores the history, wine-making methods, and flavours behind these delicious, sticky nectars. Oakridge: December 3, 7pm - 9pm • $20 per person


Mulled Wine Serves 4-6

1 bottle (750 mL) of red wine

(Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot or red blend)

2 peeled oranges and sliced orange

(keep peel to add zest to taste into cooking pot)

1/4 cup of brandy 8-10 cloves 2/3 cup honey or sugar 3 cinnamon sticks 1 tsp fresh or 2 tsp ground ginger

Rum and Egg Nog 1 ½ oz amber rum Eggnog Pour rum into a glass. Top up with eggnog. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Option: Add cinnamon sticks and sprinkle with nutmeg for a boost of festive flavour.

(allspice can be substituted or added as well )

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice Combine all ingredients in either a large pot or a slow cooker. Place cloves in orange peel slices for easy removal later. Gently warm the ingredients on low to medium heat (avoid boiling), for 20-25 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure that the honey or sugar has completely dissolved. Additional spices can be added if needed. When the wine is steaming and the ingredients have been well blended, it is ready to serve. Ladle the mulled wine into mugs (leave seasonings behind) and enjoy! Each mug can be served with a fresh cinnamon stick if desired.

Recipe donated by Mount Gay Rum, Barbados


Co-op Wines & Spirits Tasting Centres

BEDDINGTON

Calendar of Events SUNDAY

December 2011

8220 Centre Street N.E.

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

1

2

Get to Know Italy

Holiday Entertaining Hints 7pm - 9pm 4

5

6

7

8

A Two Night Class part ii

7pm - 9pm 9

90+

12

13

Tasting Events Make Great Gifts

14

15

16

17

Discover Sparkling Wines 7pm - 9pm

Pick up our Winter 2012 Event Calendar for great gift ideas!

18

10

Cognac, Armagnac and Calvados 7pm - 9pm

Wines 7pm - 9pm 11

3

19

20

21

22

23

24

27

28

29

30

31

Hanukkah Begins

25

Christmas Day

26

Hanukkah Ends

New Years Eve

LET US HELP YOU WITH YOUR HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING!


Co-op Wines & Spirits Tasting Centres

CROWFOOT

Calendar of Events SUNDAY

December 2011

39 Crowfoot Way N.W.

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

1

SATURDAY

2

3

Discover Sparkling Wines 7pm - 9pm 4

5

6

7

8

9

Private Locker Class 7pm - 9pm 11

12

Tasting Events Make Great Gifts

10

Holiday Cocktails 7pm - 9pm

13

14

15

16

17

20

21

22

23

24

27

28

29

30

31

Pick up our Winter 2012 Event Calendar for great gift ideas!

18

19

Hanukkah Begins

25

26

Christmas Day

www.coopwinesandspirits.com

Hanukkah Ends

New Years Eve

LET US HELP YOU WITH YOUR HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING!


Co-op Wines & Spirits Tasting Centres

Oakridge

Calendar of Events SUNDAY

December 2011

2570 Southland Drive S.W.

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

1

2

Holiday Cocktails 7pm - 9pm 4

5

6

7

3

Let’s Get Fortified 7pm - 9pm

8

9

10

Discover Sparkling Wines 7pm - 9pm 11

12

Tasting Events Make Great Gifts

13

14

15

16

17

20

21

22

23

24

27

28

29

30

31

Pick up our Winter 2012 Event Calendar for great gift ideas!

18

19

Hanukkah Begins

25

26

Christmas Day

www.coopwinesandspirits.com

Hanukkah Ends

New Years Eve

LET US HELP YOU WITH YOUR HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING!


Tips for Holiday Bubbles When looking for lighter styles of champagne or sparkling wine, look for Blanc de Blanc on the label. This means that the wine has only been made from white grapes (chardonnay) and will be lighter and more elegant in its profile. Cava, Cremant, Traditional Method and Methode Champenoise all denote that a wine was made in the same method of Champagne, meaning that the bubbles will be the smallest and the longest lasting. Cava is from Spain and Cremant is a sparkling wine made in any other region in France other than Champagne. Both of these wine styles offer great wines at great values. Prosecco from Italy makes a wonderful sparkling wine choice for the holidays. It is light, fresh and is perfect for light meals, tapas or appetizers served during a cocktail party. Demi-Sec on a label let’s you know that the wine is off-dry and will be slightly sweet. These are great choices for dessert courses or fun holiday sipping. Look for Moscato d’Asti when looking for a pairing for chocolate desserts or fondues. Don’t forget about sparkling ciders which can make a lovely pairing with apple pies or tarts and are delicious for sipping by the fireplace. Remember that sparkling wines are both people and food-friendly and come in a variety of styles and price ranges for everyone to enjoy.


Ways to Taste Tasting Events, see location calendars in this booklet for events and dates. Our in-house professionally created series of wines, spirits and beers events will inspire enthusiasts of all levels. These events will be held at our Tasting Centres and will be presented in a fun and fresh way that will guarantee you have a fabulous time, try some great products and learn something new. Topics will vary between centres so be sure to check the calendar for class times and locations. “Tasting Thursdays� Visit one of our three Tasting Centres on Thursdays to see which wines, beers or spirits we are highlighting for the week. On Thursdays, between 4pm and 7pm, all of our tasting bars will be sampling the same product across the city. Private Locker Program The Private Wine Locker program is a fully-personalized wine experience that allows each locker member to choose varietals, vintages, countries, and styles. You can then enjoy having new bottles selected for you and placed directly in your locker based on your own personal wish-list. Grape Escape Our signature bi-annual wine, spirits & beer festival. See back cover for more details. Beer Passport Pick up your Beers of the World passport from any Co-op Wines & Spirits. Earn passport stamps for every different single-serve beer from around the world that you purchase. For every 12 stamps you receive, you will be awarded a gift. Once you receive all 48 passport stamps, you can enter your passport for a chance to win the grand prize.

Please visit us online at www.coopwinesandspirits.com, call 403-299-5345 ext. 460 or email wsevents@calgarycoop.com to purchase tickets or for more information about events and classes. Please book early to avoid disappointment; payment is due at time of booking.

Tasting Event Rules and Regulations All event participants at our Tasting Centres will receive a 10% shopping discount to be used after their event. All participants of Co-op Wines & Spirits events must be 18 years of age or older and may be required to show identification. Due to unforeseen circumstances we reserve the right to postpone or cancel events. Customers will be notified as quickly as possible and given the option of being reimbursed for their tickets or rebooking into another event. We regret that we do not offer refunds for missed classes. Refunds or alternate events may be offered if notified 48 hours prior event. As all events involve the consumption of alcohol, we remind you that your well being is of the utmost concern to us and ask that you arrange for transportation to and from the event should you require it. All tasting events begin at 7pm unless otherwise stated. We ask that you please arrive promptly, so you and others can fully appreciate your event. We also ask that you refrain from wearing heavily scented perfumes or colognes. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Class and event prices do not include GST.


the Grape Escape Join us at the Grape Escape brought to you by Co-op Wines & Spirits. You don’t want to miss these informative and entertaining evenings featuring samples from over 60 producers of premium wine, spirits and beer. Tickets are available at all Co-op Wines & Spirits locations.

November 18 & 19, 2011 • 5pm to 9pm BMO Centre Hall D & E, Stampede Park

Wine, Beer & Spirits Festival An event for Calgary Co-op members and their guests.

Wines & Spirits Your destination for premium wine, spirits and beer. Enjoy the perfect mix of savings, service and selection.

$50 per evening, plus GST


Co-op Wines & Spirits Fall 2011 Class and Event Calendar