If you love wine, mark your calendars for March 1 and 2. Winefest, presented by Sobeys Liquor and Safeway Liquor, is an all-inclusive experience for wine lovers of every kind. Guests are greeted with a complimentary wine glass from Riedel before exploring samples of wines from around the world, many poured by the master makers themselves. Prepare your palate to enjoy a variety of red, white, port, sparkling and dessert wines (and more) from the world’s most celebrated wine regions, paired with a selection of sweet and savoury bites.
As the largest all-inclusive festival in Calgary that features exclusively wine, Winefest’s ticket price covers all of the event’s wine and food sampling — no additional ticket purchases required. It’s the perfect chance to get to know your own palate and determine what you actually enjoy. Then you’ll feel confident about what to choose the next time you’re handed a wine list or picking up a bottle.
There is no other place in Alberta where you can walk in the door and have the world’s best wines open and available at your fingertips. Winefest is an opportunity to sample premium products and find your new favourite blends, makers and pairings that you can revisit again and again.
Winefest also hosts a variety of elevated and interactive experiences. Education opportunities may include guided tastings, wine and food pairings, and wine tool demonstrations along with interactive sessions on wine history, environmental impacts, vintages, understanding the wine glass and so much more.
This year’s featured region is Rioja, Spain. The Rioja Qualified Designation of Origin (QDO) is one of the most recognised wine regions in Spain, extending over three areas that contribute to its diversity and unique character: Rioja Alta, Rioja Oriental and Rioja Alavesa. Attendees will have the opportunity to not only savour an enhanced selection of exceptional wines from this area but also to meet Rioja winery principals joining the festival directly from Spain. Enjoy a unique opportunity to hear first-hand industry insights about the region.
Can’t attend in Calgary? No worries, Winefest is also heading to Edmonton. Visit Winefest for more details.
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