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Tastings Page updated on Fri 26th August



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2016 Great Grog Fairs
(Click for pictures from past Grog Fairs)

EDINBURGH - GROG's Autumn Bottled Beer Fair
Saturday 24th Sept 2016, 1-5pm,
at the St Peter's Church Hall14 Lutton Place, Edinburgh.
WHAT IS IT?
We're taking over St Peter's Church hall, just down the road from the shop, to present you with a huge selection of beer. We've invited some GREAT Scottish brewers to come along.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
It's simple. Go around the stalls armed with one of our fine pieces of plastic-glassware. Behind each stall you'll meet a friendly brewer who'll show you around their selection and answer any questions. You'll have four hours to try as much as you'd like (about 90 bottled beers) but please remember to drink responsibly.
HOW TO GET TICKETS?
Tickets are £10. (£8 student/concession). Tickets may be bought either in the shop, over the phone or Buy Tickets Online. If you have any questions email e-mail shop@greatgrog.co.uk

EDINBURGH - GROG's Christmas Wine Fair
Friday 18th November 2016, 6-8.30pm,
at the Merchant's Hall (200 tickets in total), . 100+ Christmassy wines wander around Un-Tutored tasting. Tickets £17 (£17 = fully redeemable against a case of wine purchase!) call 0131 555 0222
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FREE Tastings IN THE SHOP
tastings IN THE SHOP, 2 Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh, please just drop in! (in addition to the FREE Saturday afternooon wine & beer ones)
-Fri Aug 12th: Daffy's Gin (6-8pm)
-Fri Sep 2nd: Gordon & Macphail whiskies (6-8pm)



Tutored Wine Tastings
tastings "with chat", ~10 wines, ~an hour & a half, "grog and food" tutored below.
"Kahurangi Estate" NZ; Winemaker Tutored Tasting Samantha Day - Owner
@ Royal Scots Club Abercromby Place, Edinburgh. Thurs 27th Oct 2016, 7-8.30pm.
The rather lovely Samantha Day will be here to chat you through 10 of her rather lovely wines from Nelson, New Zealand. Tickets are £17 per head (redeemable against a case, Free Delivery) get tickets by calling 0131 555 0222, cheers! Or
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"Vina Requingua, Chile"; Winemaker Tutored Tasting with Matias Keitel
@Royal Scots Club Abercromby Place, Edinburgh. Tuesday November 1st 2016, 7-8.30pm.
Matias Keitel of Vina Requingua with be here to chat through his excellent range of wines including the Santa Albas and firm Grog favourite, the Toro de Piedra. Tickets are £17 per head (redeemable against a case until the end of the month, Free Delivery), get tickets by calling 0131 555 0222, cheers! Or
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"Champagne vs Sparkling Wine"; Tutored Tasting
@ Royal Scots Club Abercromby Place, Edinburgh. Thurs Friday December 2nd 2016, 7-8.30pm.
. The return of the traditional festive battle of Champagne versus Sparkling wine. Join us as we wade through 10 or so of the world's finest frothy flutes. Tickets £20, £15 redeemable against any case of 12 purchase (Free Delivery) You are welcome to ask questions & feedback on the wines is always welcome. REMEMBER! The ticket price is redeemable against any case purchase of 12 wines. One ticket per case. The case doesn't HAVE to be the wines tasted on the night, they can be anything from our range of 500 wines.
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"Other" Fairs & Festivals
Events that we have a stand at....wine tasting & sales by the bottle

Cawdor Castle Living Food Fair Sat 17th Sept 2016, 10am-5pm. Cawdor castle, just South of Inverness. Richard will have a dozen wines open to try & buy on the day. Tons of really, really good artisan producers. A classy day out.

Royal Botanic Gardens Wedding Fair Sun 25th Sept 2016, 11am-4pm. Caledonian Hall We will have a skelp of "Wedding-Friendly" wine & Fizz open to try on the day. Various other wedding suppliers to give you ideas for your day will be there too. Free entry, just stroll in.

Edinburgh Wedding Fair Sat 5th & Sun 6th Nov 2016, 11am-4.30pm @ Edinburgh Corn Exchange We will have a skelp of "Wedding-Friendly" wine & Fizz open to try on the day. Various other wedding suppliers to give you ideas for your day will be there too. Free entry for pre-booked brides (otherwise £7 entry).

Esk Valley Rotary Christmas Tasting 7-9pm Sat 26th November 2016, National Mining Museum, Lady Victoria Colliery, Newtongrange, Dalkeith, Midlothian EH22 4QN. We will be showing about 50 wines, Sherries & Ports for Christmas, Untutored, wander-around event (masterclasses every half hour) Tickets via e-mail Eskbank Rotary

Alex Salmond, Simon & Mat summer 2011 Richard in Inverness 2013
NICE6.10.15  

Private Wine Tastings
we can host private tasting events all over Scotland (although I have been as far as London in the deep, deep South). Minimum Price is £391, this is for a tasting for up to 23 people. We charge £17 a head beyond 23 people. £575 minimum for a Champagne tasting for up to 23 people & £25 per Head above 23 people.

Prices include - all wine; glasses; tasting sheets & an experienced, expert tutor.
8 good quality wines (white &/or red, a fizz &/or dessert wine as desired). See themes ideas below.
The most popular format is a Sparkling to start, followed by 4 whites & 3 reds.
Duration approx 1 and a half hours, Tasting sheets for each person, quiz (if required) .
Approx 1/3 of a glass of each wine per person.

VENUES
We are happy to come to your office or boardroom to do the event. We also routinely use several “third party” venues & restaurants around Edinburgh. Third party venues may incur a hire fee and are subject to availability. Maximum tasting numbers are only limited by the venue capacity. If numbers go above 70 then we would suggest more of a “wine fair” format rather than tutored event - we provide appropriate numbers of expert staff to pour & chat whatever your numbers. Travelling time & expenses for venues out-with Edinburgh will be charged at cost.

IDEAS FOR TASTING THEMES
Wines from around the World; Wine & Cheese Tasting (~£3 per head extra for cheese); New World vs Old World; Unusual Grape varieties; Sauvignon Blanc alternatives; Six nations Rugby (Wine, cider, beer & Whisky will be involved!); Wine Olympics; Champagnes vs Sparkling (£25 min. per head); ...you name it, we can try to do it!

IDEAS FOR FORMATS
Straightforward- Tutor pours & talks through the wines. Informal & easy-going style.
Call My Wine Bluff - a fun competition to guess the right wines from their descriptions.
Blind Tasting – Guessing game for some, or all, of the wines or prices or countries or grape varieties, as easy as you fancy – expert knowledge NOT required!
Fun Quiz – tasting with questions and a general wine knowledge quiz (with plenty clues!)
Whisky Tastings – let us lead you through the regional styles.
Beer Tastings - taste the finest of Scottish or World Ales from our range of 300!

Please phone for more details; 0131 555 0222 or e-mail richard@greatgrog.co.uk 50% Deposit required on confirmation of booking. Late cancellation may incur some costs, which will be charged to the client. Prices quoted are as a guide & are plus any expenses & travelling costs (out-with Edinburgh) as appropriate. All prices include VAT at 20%.

in 2015 we hosted tastings for (amongst others) Standard Life Investments (thrice), Scottish Widows (thrice), SWIP, Close Bros., HBOS, Lloyds TSB, Morton Fraser, Baille Gifford, Shepherd Wedderburn, Deutsche Bank, Mercers, CIMA, Cala, Fettes, Stew Mel Rugby FP, Scottish Water, Volvo, First State, Wooden Spoon & Health in Mind & many other charities. In 2016 the clients look very similar (we must be doing something right, otherwise they wouldn't ask us back!)  

Wine Dinners
NORMALLY something like...tasting + Food "with chat", 4-6 wines, ~2 hours
Edinburgh Wine vs Tapas Night
@ The Apartment Restaurant 7-13 Barclay Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4HW. Wed 7th Sept 2016, 7-10pm.
5 wines vs 5 Tapas Dishes to match. 20 Spaces only! @ £30 a head. Book a space via the Apartment on 0131 228 6456.

Edinburgh Aussie Winemaker(s!!) Dinner/Battle: Pawn Wine Co vs Bremerton Estate
@ The Apartment Restaurant 7-13 Barclay Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4HW. Thurs 22nd Sept 2016, 7-10pm.
8 fine wines! from Pawn (Tom Keelan, Adelaide Hills) & Bremerton (Lucy Willson, Langhorne Creek) in a battle to the death- whose wine is favourite!?
4 Courses. 20 Spaces only! @ £50 a head including all wines & food for this unique evening. Book a space via the Apartment on 0131 228 6456.
Tom is the affable owner/winemaker at new-kid-on-the-block Pawn, his wife Becky Willson is family owner/winemaker, sister in law Lucy on sales/marketing duties at celebrated and Established Bremerton Estate.
We'll pour a Pawn and a Bremerton with each course in a head-to-head-vinous-gladiatorial-single-combat-winner-takes-bragging-rights-type affair.

Edinburgh NZ Winemaker Dinner
@ Bijou Bistro 2 Restalrig Road, Edinburgh, EH6 8BN. Friday 28th Oct 2016, 7pm.
Kahurangi Estate owner Samantha Day will be here showing off here amazing New Zealand wines contra fab Bijou Bistro food. Tickets £55 a head inc all wines & food. Book a space via Bijou on 0131-538-0664.

Perthshire Wine Dinner
@ Four Seasons Hotel St Fillans, Perthshire. Friday 25th Nov 2016, 7pm. Game Featured Gourmet Dinner led by Richard. The menu will have a Scottish theme, emphasizing some of the great Scottish game available at this time of the year. Book via the Four Seasons on + 44 (0) 1764 685 333 and quote “Wine Tasting Weekend". Wine and Game Dinner including all the matched wines – £62. Overnight stay of Bed and full Scottish Breakfast from £28 (chalet) per person sharing
 

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