WATER OF LEITH CAFE/BISTRO Wine Dinner
Thursday 22nd March 7pm for 7.30pm
£45 per person for canapes plus 3 courses with matching wines
Intrepid gastronaut and Great Grog old timer Simon will guide you through some gorgeous food and wine matches at this independent award-winning* local bistro. Classically trained Chef and Breton native Mickael will be manning the pans and his better half, the irrepressible Ana, will be on hand to charm your socks off.
Watercress velouté, butterbean hummus crostini
Salmon 3 ways:Home hot-smoked, beetroot and gin cured, rillette, with chive creme fraiche and sourdough toast
Guinea fowl supreme, braised leg pithivier, jus roti, mash and spring greens
Gâteau Bréton, apple compote, salted caramel ice cream
Please book via Ana on 0131 556 6887
*Neighbourhood Bistro of the Year 2017- Scottish Food Awards
FOUR SEASONS Perthshire Wine Dinner
Friday 23rd March 7pm £72 per person (+B&B from £35)
Richard will be hosting a Gamey wine dinner starting at 7pm
I will talk through the wines matched to each course. The menu will have a Scottish theme, emphasizing some of the great Scottish game available at this time of the year.
For those that wish not to drive and to stay, there is a Bed and full Scottish Breakfast offer, please call the Four Seasons to enquire. Book your Gourmet Wine Tasting break on 01764 685 333 and quote “Wine Tasting Weekend”, http://
APARTMENT BISTRO Araldica Wine Dinner Thursday 10th May 7pm for 7.30
£35 per person for 3 courses and 6 wines
Always wanted to know more about Italian wine? Now's your chance!
We have the absolutely charming Carlo Manera (MD and oenologist) from Piedmont Powerhouse Araldica Vini. In town to host an informal and informative evening plus whichever Grogger wins the arm wrestle to join him!
Araldica are a large and state of the art Co-Op in NW Italy and produce a high quality range of wines covering Sicilian Nero D'Avola, Pinot Grigio, Gavi, Barolo, Montepulciano and lots in between. Hope to see you there! Book via the restaurant on 0131 228 6456
tastings "with chat", ~an hour & a half, Please call 0131 555 0222 for tickets or online
South of France - Tutored Tasting
Thursday 15th March 7-8.30pm Venue: Fat Pony Wine Bar, Bread Street, Edinburgh
Tickets £20 with 8 wines to try and some food. John P will chat through some of favourite discoveries from his trip last year to meet a new supplier. Discount on purchases on the night. Free delivery on any case/mixed case order.
"Natural" wines - Truth or Rubbish? Tutored Tasting
Thursday 19th April 7-8.30pm Venue: Royal Scots Club, Abercromby Place, Edinburgh
Tickets £15 with 8 wines to try. We have been having a rather lively debate in the office about the benefits and authenticity of the increasingly popular use of wild ferment and the growth in the market of 'natural' and organic wines. Fancy joining in? Discount on purchases on the night. Free delivery on any case/mixed case order.
Wines with altitude - Tutored Tasting
Thursday 21st June 7-8.30pm Venue TBC
Tickets £15 with 8 wines to try. Richard will be chatting through some wines from the top of the world and discussing what gives these wines thir edge. Discount on purchases on the night. Free delivery on any case/mixed case order.
Spain - Tutored Tasting
Thursday 20th September 7-8.30pm Venue TBC
Tickets £15 with 8 wines to try. Simon will be talking about his recent trip to Rioja and, after mainly chatting about bikes, may even taste some wine. Discount on purchases on the night. Free delivery on any case/mixed case order.
Royal Scot's Club, Edinburgh Thursday 8th March 2018, 6-9pm, Royal Scots Club, Abercombie Place, Edinburgh. We will have a table with some wines to try along with tables with various other wedding suppliers to give you plenty of ideas for your big day.
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 interest.
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(Aberdeen) 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!