Great Grog Beer Fair

Beer Fair, May the Forth, well, the week after actually

Great Grog Beer Fair. Saturday 11th May 1-5pm Sat 11th May 2024 1:00 pm at Greyfriars Charteris Centre, 138-140 Pleasance, Edinburgh. EH8 9RR A great wee afternoon out, over 100 beers in packaged form (bottles and cans) to try from Edinburgh's & Scotland's finest brewers, who…

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Adobe Reserva Organic Pinot Noir, Edinburgh, Scotland

Natural or nonsense?

There is a bit of an ongoing conflict in the wonderful, wacky world of wine. The movement of “natural wines” is what I’m talking about. I still have my doubts that it will ever become mainstream, though it doesn’t seem to be going away either.…

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Scottish beers in the warehouse

beer beer beer Discover the Rich Tapestry of Scottish Beers at Great Grog Warehouse Welcome to a voyage through Scotland's vibrant beer landscape, brought to life at the Great Grog Warehouse. From the bustling streets of Edinburgh to the rugged beauty of the Black Isle,…

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Try January is over

Well, that was a quick January. Burns night is usually when Scotland cracks anyway. We have taken delivery of a bunch of great bin-ends from the bond in London. They are all cracking, hand-picked oddities, well worth a shout. Also, Poppie has been beavering away…

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Any Last orders for Christmas?

COURIER ORDER? Last chance this week-end to be certain of drinking better or for sending Gifts throughout mainland UK. Plenty of time next week for deliveries via our own vans. The loading bay is looking busy but still in control! We are open every day (until 4pm on Christmas Eve,…

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Christmas 2023 List!

Download the list It seems like an age ago, and behold, the calendar doesn’t lie. It was a cool crisp March in 1999 that I handed my notice in to Oddbins after a 10 year stint of working for the then pre-eminent national wine merchant.…

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Terrific Terre di Valter wines

Terre Di Valter (land of Walter) wines from Camapnia in Southern Italy. Gorgeous wines getting some well deserved acclaim.

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Brand New and Antique Ghost Shop signs

We are keeping the antique ghost sign from the 19th century as a nod to the fact that there has been a wine merchant here for 140 years. Duncan Smith has retired now but we will try and step into his large and distinguished shoes.

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Duty Rise on Wine 1st August 2023

Never good news when tax rises on wine. However, the UK government has decided to overhaul the alcohol duty system quite radically. The current duty rate on wine up to 15% alcohol is £2.67 including VAT (yes, there is VAT on duty). From the 1st…

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Sauvignon and friends Tasting

Instagram Live: Sauvignon and friends

Just before his in person tasting at the Royal Scots Richard will be live online to chat about a few of the wines he'll be showing. Just grab your favourite bottle of Sauvignon and taste along

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Sauvignon and Friends Tasting £20

Think you know Sauvignon? Richard will be showing you how versatile this ubiqitous grape can be and give you some ideas for branching out in his usual, irreverant style 10 wines to try.

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