Shop Bottled Beer Fair
Saturday 14th September, 13:00-17:00 @St Peter’s Church Hall,14 Lutton Place (right next to the shop!) Edinburgh. Jump into the fun! Come along and meet the best brewers in Scotland.There will be about 90 beers to try and buy on the day at retail price to take away. £10 Tickets must be pre-bought. No ticket sales on the door. 200 tickets available. Buy Tickets online or from Grog bottle-shop (2 Dalkeith Road, on the corner of Lutton Place!) 0131 667 2855 OR From the Warehouse 17 East Cromwell Street, Leith 0131 555 0222 (If you want an £8 student concession ticket please drop into the shop with student ID etc to get your ticket).
Grog Christmas Wine Fair
Friday 22nd November, 18:00-20:30 THE BIG FESTIVE ONE! @ Merchants Hall, Hanover Street, Edinburgh. A fantastic night out for a mere £20 (which is redeemable against a case purchase on the night). 180 Tickets, 100 wines, please Buy Tickets or over the phone 0131 555 0222
Tutored Wine Tastings
Fine Wine Tutored Tasting £25 (£20 refundable against a case on the night)
Thursday 5th September 2019, 7-8.30 @ Royal Scots Club, Abercrombie Place, Edinburgh. Come and try top quality wines from highly regarded producers and a wee bit of chat about them too Buy tickets online or over the phone on 0131 5550222
France vs Spain tutored Tasting £17 (fully refundable against a case on the night)
Thursday 17th October 2019, 7-8.30 @ Royal Scots Club, Abercrombie Place, Edinburgh. Come and discover if you are more or a Rhone or a Rioja drinker as we try and chat through some great examples of what these to giants in the world of wine making have to offer . Buy tickets online or over the phone on 0131 5550222
South African tutored Tasting £15 (fully refundable against a case on the night)
Thursday 21st November 2019, 6-7.30pm @The Ox, 49-51, London Street, Edinburgh. Danie Steytler - owner/wine maker at Kaapzicht Wines as well as maker of our own Hand Made wines, ex Great Grog van driver and all round legend is over visiting us from South Africa and will be showing a few of his wines along with plenty of chat. Buy Tickets online or over the phone on 0131 5550222
Sparkling wine vs Champagne Tasting £25 (£20 refundable against a mixed case on the night)
Thursday 5th December 2019, 7-8.30 @ Royal Scots Club, Abercrombie Place, Edinburgh. We will be trying 9 wines, starting with Sparkling and working up to various styles of Champagnes. A perfect way to kick off the festive season. Buy tickets online or over the phone on 0131 5550222
Fancy free tickets to tastings plus discount, first refusal on bin ends and special offers? Join our Wine Club
Edinburgh- French Wine Dinner at Water of Leith Cafe/Bistro
Friday 6th September 2019 @ Water of Leith Cafe Bistro, 1 Howard Place, EH3 5JP. £50 a head. 7pm for 7.30. Join the irrepressible Ana (front of house) and Mika (chef) to help celebrate 10 years of this popular award-winning local watering hole. Our Simon will be bantering with Ana and chatting about the wine and food. Please reserve your space via Ana on 0131 556 6887
St Fillans, Perthshire - 4 Seasons Wine Dinner
Friday 27th September 2019 @the Four Seasons Hotel, Lochside, St Fillans. Join Richard for a fantastic 6 course menu (to follow) with matched wines in a truly beautiful location. Dinner with all matched wines. £75 pp with Dinner, bed and breakfast starting from £115pp. Please book via the restaurant 01764 685 333
Bijou Bistro Wine Dinner
Friday 15th November 2019 @Bijou Bistro 2, Restalrig, Edinburgh. Join Clare for a fantastic evening of fabulous food with some deliciously paired wines and plenty of chat all for just £50 a head. Please book via the restaurant on 0131 5380664. The last one sold out so be sure to book your space soon to avoid disappointment.
Free Tastings in the Shop
Weekly Saturday afternoon tastings of wine and beer IN THE SHOP, 2 Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh, please just drop in!
Private Wine Tastings
We can host private tasting events all over Scotland (although I have been as far as London). For a standard tasting with up to 23 people, the cost is £391, with £17 a head beyond this. For a Champagne or Fine Wines tasting with up to 23 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!
- 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!
In 2018 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 2019 the clients will hopefully look similar to 2018, 2017 and so forth (we must be doing something right, otherwise they wouldn't ask us back!). I've already done Marks and Clerk and the French Institute in 2019!