DAVE GINGRICH BEER ROOM MANAGER Favourite Drink: Unvintaged, unmarked Cantillon Kriek straight from the brewery
SAMANTHA NELMES WINE ROOM MANAGER Favourite Drink: Corton-Charlemagne Grand-Cru
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 TasteDay Thursday – Introduction to the Wines of Italy 5:30-6:45pm $15 *NEW TIME Style: Seated Tasting, Non-Reserved Seating
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Taste-to-Buy Italy 11am-5pm FREE Style: In-Store Sale, Tasting Stations Throughout Main Store
Home to over 350 grape varieties, Italy has secured its place as the top wine producing country in the world. For this week’s TasteDay Thursday, Trusted Expert Al Conne will be teaching you about the classic Italian wines that consistently inspire and wow connoisseurs around the globe!
Nebbiolo, Pinot Grigio, Brunello, Prosecco, the list goes on and on! At our Taste-toBuy sale, almost all the wines featured at our Italian Wine Festival, along with many more, are on sale and open for tasting.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Italian Wine Festival 7-9pm $50 VIP Riedel Hour | 6-7pm | $75 Style: Walkabout Festival, Food and Tasting Stations, No Seating It’s time to experience la dolce vita as we toast to the delicious and diverse wines of Italy at our Italian Wine Festival! We’ll be taking the scenic route through the Italian countryside, tasting the best wines from each of Italy’s unique winemaking regions. From the bubbling Proseccos of Veneto to Sicily’s noble Nero d’Avalo grapes, it’s no wonder that the Italians are known for their love of wine! Cin cin! VIP Riedel Hour includes early entrance into the festival, a chance to taste a premium selection of wine, and a complimentary Riedel stem. We are excited to host Buffo as our guest restaurant.
DEVIN MCKAY PRICING STRATEGIST & SENIOR WINE SPECIALIST Favourite Drink: A Provence Rosé 12 | Willow Park Wines & Spirits
SEPTEMBER 29 & OCT 6, 20, 21 Monday Oct 21: 6-7pm (Exam) WSET Level 2 | $799 AWARD IN WINES & SPIRITS 3 Sunday Classes 10am– 5pm (no class on Oct 13) 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. What you’ll learn: • 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