With November approaching, this normally means one thing to me – looking forward to the various wine fairs that descend upon the city.
Sadly this year, Tesco’s annual wine fair and the Wine Gang are not making an appearance and I missed out on tickets for Tom Cannavan’s Festival of Wine (3 November). Fortunately though I’ve managed to get my tickets for the second Fizz Feast, which I am hoping will add a touch of sparkle to my life, in the run up to Christmas.
A celebration of sparking wines and Scottish artisan food, the event is taking place at the Edinburgh Academy on Henderson Row on 18 November. Run by Diana Thompson, a qualified Wine & Spirit Education Trust tutor with almost 30 years’ experience in the wine industry, she runs Wine Events Scotland and holds monthly wine tastings in Edinburgh.
There will be over sixty Champagnes and sparkling wines from all over the world for visitors to taste and purchase. Aside from some well-known names such as Taittinger Champagne and interesting Prosecco and Franciacorta from Italy, Codorniu’s famous Spanish Cava and some fantastic English Sparkling Wine from Greyfriars Vineyard, there will also be some surprises such as some less well known fizz from Portugal. I’m particularly looking forward to trying Franciacorta again, having become acquainted with it at a tasting at the private dining space, the Bellavista Room at Contini on George Street.
On the specialised food front, Stag Bakeries will be coming from the Isle of Lewis, Tobermory Fish Company from Mull, Damn Fine Cheese from Dumfries & Galloway and the award winning Supernature Oil coming from just south of Edinburgh in Gorebridge. There will also be oysters, chocolate, tea and charcuterie amongst other temptations at this taste bud tantalising festival.
Date – Saturday 18 November
Venue – The Edinburgh Academy, Henderson Row EH3 5BL
Timing – Choose from 12-3pm or 4-7pm
Tickets start from £22.00 Book here