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We always have lots of new and interesting ideas to share with you!

Whether it's BBQ pairing ideas, entertaining innovations or making the most of your Stampede experience, we've got it covered!

Strathmore Stampede Wine Gardens

The excitement continues! Join our experts at the Wine Gardens during the Strathmore Stampede, July 31 to August 3. We’ll be there daily from 11:00am to 11:00pm where it’s cool and relaxing. Not to worry, it’s a family-friendly indoor and outdoor environment, so bring the little cowpokes along to enjoy some munchies and take a break from the rodeo. Visit the Strathmore Stampede website to learn more.
Check out what wines we’ll be pouring

Calgary Stampede Wine Gardens

Calgary Stampede Wine Gardens

Calling all Cabernet Cowboys and Merlot Marauders!
Join us in the Western Oasis during the Calgary Stampede – BMO Centre, Stampede Park – open daily, July 3 – 12, 2015.
Hang your hat for a spell and savour some fine wines from Co-op Wine Spirits beer. Drop in for a tasting and teachings hosted by guest speakers and Co-op Wine Spirits Beer Sommeliers. An elegant way to whet your whistle.

Summer Cocktails

Summer Cocktails

Sparkling wine is your friend when trying to make cocktails at home. The effervescence livens up almost any cocktail recipe that you may already know, but we’re looking for something new to try. Let’s look at 3 classics and see how sparkling wine can change them up and give them a fun spin.
This is also the season for entertaining. With warmer weather, it’s easy to have people over for a BBQ. Impress your guests with pre-made cocktails that use frozen fruits instead of ice cubes.  Here are some ideas.
Here is a list of drinks of Canadian origin: The Caesar was invented in Calgary in 1969; The Maple Leaf Cocktail uses maple syrup as well as Crown Royal and Sortilege liqueur is made in Canada from maple syrup and whisky. Join us for a Celebration of Canada from 4 – 7pm at Shawnessy on June 20, Crowfoot on June 26, Beddington or Oakridge on June 27.

Crowd Pleasing Wines - the Democratic Wine Styles

Crowd Pleasing Wines - the Democratic Wine Styles

A summer BBQ that includes friends and families is of course one of life’s simple pleasures. The joys of entertaining outdoors allows us to showcase fresh, seasonal food and tasty cocktails, wine and beers chilling in perspiring buckets filled with ice gently melting in the hot summer sun. Ahhhh, the amazing season of summer! Find great summer wines in our 90+ Wines class at Shawnessy on June 19, 7 – 9pm or Oregon Rising at Oakridge on June 18, 7 – 9pm

Tip #1 - Making Everyone Happy

Tip #2 - Large Groups and Gatherings

Tip #3 - Patio perfect sips?

Tip #4 - Setting the Tone with the Perfect Summer Cocktail

Backyard Bourbon

Backyard Bourbon

What is Bourbon? Click here to find out!
How to drink it?  Straight up or on the rocks if you dare.  Mac’s Bourbon Sangria recipe for a crowd-pleasing cocktail.  Try a classic Old Fashioned with Boozy BC Cherries. Jim Beam's Bourbon Rib Sauce for mouth-watering rib. View these recipes here.

Join us for these fun classes: Brown Spirits in a Blind Tasting - Shawnessy, June 11 / Crowfoot, June 20 or Value Whisky under $70 - Oakridge, June 20

Backyard Beer

Backyard Beer

Join us to taste before you buy at our Open House Canada Day Celebration! We will have multiple tasting stations set up featuring only our most favourite of Canadian wines, spirits and beer from 4 - 7 pm: Shawnessy - June 20 / Crowfoot - June 26 / Beddington & Oakridge - June 27.

Tip #1 - Summer entertaining

Tip #2 - Hoppy beer

Tip #3 - Smother the smoke and spice in food with malty brew!

Summer BBQ Wine Pairing Ideas

Summer BBQ Wine Pairing Ideas

Grilled Pizza Recipe - click here to view the recipe

Long gone are the days of a BBQ being a simple hamburger and hot dog event, and with each new summer season it seems we get even more adventurous with what we are preparing on our grills; with everything from fresh seafood dishes to grilled fruit turning our backyard decks into Epicurean celebrations with every flip of the spatula. Quick hints for wine pairing

Join us for an Evening of Southern BBQ and Wine pairings and “Ask the Experts”.  Catered by Symmons Roadhouse.
Beddington: June 19, 7 - 9 pm $65
Oakridge: June 27, 7 - 9 pm $65

When considering what wine to pair for your next backyard get-together here are three insider tips to help you pick a great wine.

Tip #1 - Choose Wines from Warmer Climates
This is one of the safest ways to choose a wine for your BBQ. Wines grown in hot climate regions such as California, Australia, or South America are generally more fruit forward, have softer, more approachable tannins and are more forgiving in how they show during warmer temperatures. Look for silky merlots from Chile, Shiraz from Australia, and blends from the South of France as some terrific choices for your get together.
Tip #2 - Match to the Strongest Flavour in the Dish
This may sound easy, but you might have to give it a bit of thought. Sometimes when we are grilling it is not the actual protein that has the strongest flavour, but instead it is the sauce, relish, mustard or pickled dishes that are being served with the dish. If a wine and a food dish are not of equal intensity in their flavours then one will cancel out the other.
Tip #3 - Don't Forget About White Wines
When choosing wines for your BBQ, don't forget about the wide selection of styles and flavours of white wines available. Creamy style whites can pair beautifully with grilled chicken, fish, seafood, beef and salads with cream based dressings and crisp and aromatic white wines can be beautiful when paired with fresh vegetables, white fish, spicy dishes and Mexican based dishes.

 

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