Notable Upcoming Wine Tastings in Calgary

Many of us felt cheated out of a summer this year, but with the leaves falling and autumn in the air, we have to face the fact that winter is soon upon us. It now appears that hot weather, ice cold beers and patios are something to be revisited later on in 2014.

Having said all that, you shouldn’t despair. Over the next few weeks, there’s a long list of worthy tastings going on in our great city, so pack away your sunscreen and grab a glass because it’s time to enjoy being indoors!

For starters, ZYN Wine Market is hosting their Autumn Soiree on October 24 at their Banker’s Hall location from 4 to 7pm. In the course of three hours, you’ll have the chance to try more than 60 different wines. This is a great chance to introduce yourself to a variety of new vino, build up your collection and, as an added bonus, Mango Shiva is catering the event. For more information, email

Then there’s the Cellar on Stephen Avenue, which is hosting a Chateauneuf-du-Pape tasting on October 30. This is one of the Cellar’s most popular events and is a great way to learn more about a stunning appellation in Southern France. These winemakers allow not one, not two, but as many as thirteen different grape varieties into their blends. How crazy is that? Tasting is at 7pm. 

On Saturday, November 2, Vine Arts is hosting a chocolate pairing, which is sure to be a fun time. According to the Vine Arts’ staff, liquor and chocolate go together like unicorns and rainbows. Gold Leaf Confectionary will be providing six of their artisanal chocolates to pair with each drink (which could be beer, cocktails or wine). Balsamic, white pepper, ginger, lime and white chocolate are just a few of the ingredients used in Gold Leaf’s sweets. Make sure to call soon as this class will sell out. The tasting begins at 6:30pm.

Last but not least, Metrovino is hosting a tasting called the ‘Boreal Extreme’ on the 13th of November. The tasting is based on the old school belief that in order to truly get the most out of a wine, and to appreciate it’s varietal character, you have to plant the grapes as far north as possible. You’ll taste wines made from grapes that you are well acquainted with, but all these grapes will have come from much cooler climates. The flavours you’ll experience should be quite different from what you’re used to drinking.

We hope this will cheer you up. Stay posted for more great wine, beer and spirit tastings coming up. 

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