Christmas 2014: The best whisky and wine tasting events

The best whisky and wine tastings events Christmas 2014

Rose Murray Brown

Including Glasgow Whisky Festival, Summerhall Beer FestivALE, Italian Wine Series and Winter Classics Wine Tasting

There’s something about long winter nights which lends itself to not just having a drink (responsibly of course: it’s probably a law somewhere that we make it clear), but also to savouring that drink. Or maybe that’s just because we imagine the taste of mulled wine on our tongues from the first day of November onwards. Whatever the reason, there are plenty of opportunities to culture your palate over the holiday season in Scotland.

For lovers of the grain, the Glasgow Whisky Festival (Arches, Glasgow, Sat 15 Nov) will be hard to miss, while through in Edinburgh the Whiski Rooms restaurant offers an Introduction to Whisky (every Fri & Sat) that includes discussion of Scottish whisky regions and geographic factors as well as tastings. Meanwhile the Summerhall Beer FestivALE (Summerhall, Edinburgh, Fri 5 & Sat 6 Dec) celebrates craft beers from Scotland, including the venue’s own brand, Barney’s, and their in-house gin, Pickering’s.

Elsewhere, there are a number of wine tasting events on both sides of the country, and writer and expert Rose Murray Brown seems to be behind a whole bunch of them. For example, she’ll be doing a Cult Wines v Lesser-Known Wines evening (Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Edinburgh, Tue 2 Dec), an Italian Wine Series (Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Edinburgh, Wed 19, 26 Nov) and California Wine Tasting (Baby Abode, Glasgow, Thu 27 Nov).

There’s also the Great Grog Christmas Wine Fair (Merchants’ Hall, Edinburgh, Fri 21 Nov), the touring Wine Gang Christmas Fair with a bunch of UK critics (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, Sat 29 Nov) and a Winter Classics Wine Tasting (Café Grande, Edinburgh, Sun 16 Nov). Finally, the Glasgow Wine School run events such as Champagne and Sparkling Wine Tasting, and Travels of a Winemaker (Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow, Thu 11 Dec).

Glasgow's Whisky Festival

Glasgow's festival of the national tipple returns for 2020, with more than 60 stands featuring whisky, gin, rum, other spirits and whisky gifts in Scotland’s National Stadium.

Introduction to Whisky Tasting

Learn the flavour profiles of Scotland's four main whisky regions, and explore how the landscape has influenced the flavour of our national drink.

The Wine Gang Christmas Fair

Plan which tipples will grace your Christmas table this year with expert help from some of the UK's leading wine critics. With tutored tastings, masterclasses and shopping opportunities. Plus who wouldn't want to be in a Wine Gang?

Summerhall Beer FestivALE

All things beery, yeasty and delicious are packed into Summerhall for an ale-filled weekend featuring in-house brewery Barney's.

Great Grog Christmas Wine Fair

A whole slew of wines to try at this untutored tasting.

Travels of a Winemaker

These special themed wine tastings take in wines from the far corners of the world, unusual grapes, wines from home vitners and other unexpected origins. For those who like a little adventure and history in their glass!

Italian Wine Series

Increase your knowledge of the Italian wine region over four nights, with wine expert Rose Murray Brown.

Cult Wine v Lesser-Known Wine Tasting

An evening of paired wine tastings, with a 'superstar cult wine' in each matching. Wine expert Rose Murray Brown guides the night.

California Wine Tasting

Tour around California by tasting 13 wines, selected by Rose Murray Brown.

Champagne and Sparkling Wine Tasting

With the festive season upon us, why not spend a couple of hours celebrating some of the world's best sparking wines. Also featuring nibbles and canapés.

Winter Classics Wine Tasting with Oddbins

A friendly and relaxed winter classics wine tasting, with small tasters from the new season's menu.