Fairs & Festivals
Spring Wine Fair 2017
It's the BIGGY! Friday 19th May 2017, 6-8.30pm, at the Merchant's Hall
(200 tickets in total). 100+ wines wander around Un-Tutored tasting.
Tickets £17 (£17 = fully redeemable against a case of wine purchase
on the night, £10 off afterwards) call 0131 555 0222 Buy Tickets Online.
Inverness & Highland Food & Drink Fair
Saturday 27th May 2017 @ The Eden Court, 10-4pm
Saturday 17th June 2017 7pm
We will once again be in the National Mining Museum in Newtongrange . We will have about 50 wines and 20 Beers on show to taste. Tickets £15 from the rotary. We had a great evening in December last year with about 110 tasters coming along. Richard will be running 3 quick tutored tastings in the cafe during the evening to get your tasting confidence up.
Botanic Gardens Wedding Fair
Sunday 24th September 2017, noon-4pm, in the beautiful Caledonian Hall
Scottish Game Fair (Scone Palace)
Friday 30th June- 2nd July 2017, 11-5pm, Grog in the Foodhall tent. Lots of wine to try and buy by the bottle to take away. A great day out at Scone palace in Perthshire. Try to nominate someone else as driver so you can try the wines!
GrogShop Bottled Beer Fair
Sat. 30th September 2017, 1-5pm, at St Peter's Church Hall, Lutton Place, Edinburgh
Come and try loads and LOADS of beers and meet the brewers. Tickets £10 available from the shop, 2 Dalkeith Road 0131 667 2855 or the Warehouse 17 East Cromwell Street 0131 555 0222 or online
Wine vs BBQ tutored dinner at Reekies Smokehouse Tuesday, 2nd May, 7 for 7.30pm
Super Simon will be indulging his love of smoky meat at this tasty, informal, affordable family-run gaff.
£40 per person covers the menu below all matched with a suitable alcoholic grape juice-based drink.
Likely menu (may be subject to slight variation):
On arrival....Bags of Freshly Fried Crisps, dusted with Reekie’s Spice Rubs
Pig’s Cheek Pie: Specially Selected Scottish Pork Pig’s Cheeks smoked then braised with local veg, served with a Puff Pastry top
Smoked Oxtail Stew: Scotch Beef Oxtails, lightly smoked and then braised in a deep liquor of tomato, anise and garlic.
“Mechoui” Lamb: Smoked Moroccan Spiced Scotch Lamb Shoulder, served with a Carrot and Sesame Salad and Harissa
Scotch Beef Short Rib: Smoked simply, served with Pickled Mushrooms and Horseradish Sauce
Pudding…..Sugared Donut Holes with Dark Chocolate and Honey Caramel dipping sauces
Book via Craig and Felicity at Reekies via email: their Facebook page
tastings "with chat", ~10 wines, ~an hour & a half, no food. Please call 0131 555 0222 for tickets or online
Spain - Viva Espania. Friday June 30th @ The Royal Scots Club, Abercromby Place, Edinburgh 7-.30pm Tickets are £15 a head, fully redeemable against any order of mixed bottles on the night (Free mainland UK delivery). We'll be freshly back from Rioja and Navarra to talk you through some excellent wines.REDS AND WHITES. Buy Tickets Online.
We can host private tasting events all over Scotland (although I have been as far as London in the deep South). For a standard tasting with up to 26 people, the cost is £391, with £15 a head beyond this. For a Champagne tasting with up to 26 people, we charge £575 with an additional £25 a head thereafter.
These prices include - all wine, glasses, tasting sheets & an experienced, expert tutor with a duration of around 1 1/2 hours. Aprox 1/3 of a glass of each wine will be poured per person. 8 good quality wines will be served with a variety of different themes / formats on offer (see some suggestions below.) The most popular format is a sparkling to start, followed by 4 whites & 3 reds. We can also organise bespoke tastings based on a specific event or particular area of intest.
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 outwith Edinburgh will be charged at cost.
IDEAS FOR TASTING THEMES
Wines from around the World; Wine & Cheese Tasting (+ £5 per head 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 will try to do it!
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!
In 2016 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, Mercers, CIMA, Cala, Fettes, Stew Mel Rugby FP, Scottish Water, Volvo, Warrender Swim Club, RHC Cougars RFC, First State, Wooden Spoon, Health in Mind + many other charity fundraisers. In 2017 the clients will hopefully look similar to 2016 and 2015 etc (we must be doing something right, otherwise they wouldn't ask us back!)
Weekly Saturday afternoon tastings of wine and beer IN THE SHOP, 2 Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh, please just drop in!