November 18, 2019
Are you the planner in your family or at the office? If you’re just not up for being the host or the organizer again this year, you can relax. Let Co-op Wine Spirits Beer help you plan a lively and entertaining event for your group of friends, co-workers or relatives.
Co-op Wine Spirits Beer hosts Private Events at many local Co-op locations and Tasting Centres, meaning you can leave the planning to us, and just arrive with your guests and enjoy!
Each event is personally designed for your group’s needs and wants by our sommeliers, whether you’re a group of pals looking to learn more about wine, or a gathering of professionals or co-workers enjoying some holiday socializing. Our expert sommeliers are more educators than bartenders, providing an immersive, entertaining and informative learning experience that’s sure to create a memorable evening.
Co-op’s tasting rooms comfortably fit up to 60 guests, depending if you would like a sit-down event or you prefer to mingle, and these sessions are quite affordable, too. A private wine tasting in our Beddington, Oakridge, Crowfoot, Midtown or Shawnessy locations, for a minimum of 12 guests with six wine styles and light snacks, starts at just $45/person. Co-op Wine Spirits Beer also offers beer and spirits tastings too; just let us know what you’re looking for and your wish is our command!
Looking for something Santa-specific, or maybe a new year’s themed soiree (a bubbly tasting, perhaps)? All our tasting events can have customized themes, you can bring your own decorations and create the ultimate event space—and catering can be arranged through us too so you don’t need to worry about a thing. We have a selection of professional caterers we work with and can arrange anything from simple pub-style bites to elegant hors d’ouvres that will be a compliment to your wines.
Learn more about how you can take the stress out of holiday event planning by leaving the work to us! Private Event information can be found on Co-op Wine Spirts Beer’s website.
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