An Absolutely Fabulous Fizz Festival is coming to Edinburgh – Cheers!
Cracking Wine was set up early last year by Janet Harrison afer having spent over 15 years visiting wine producing regions and vineyards. She is also professionally qualified to an advanced level by the Wines and Spirits Education Trust.
Wine tasting events are held around the North West of England – such as a wittily marketed series entitled, “Women who drink wine.” And then Janet had the innovative idea to present a Fizz Festival which was held in Altrincham, Cheshire last November.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, knowing the Brits passion for bubbly, it was a sell out success.
The good news is that in parnership with Diana Thompson, (Thompson PR, Edinburgh), Cracking Wine is bringing this sparkling event to Edinburgh. The Fizz Festival, (the only consumer wine fair in the UK dedicated to Champagne and sparkling wine), will take place at The Edinburgh Academy, Henderson Row, on Saturday 29 October 2016. What a perfect time to learn about and sample an eclectic range of wines, purchase a few bottles and perhaps order a box or two well before the fizzing Festive season.
The UK has held the record as the world’s largest Champagne market since 1996 and shipments grew 4.5% last year with a total of 34.2 million bottles. Pehaps those crazy ladies, Patsy and Eddy, cracking open another bottle of Bollinger (for breakfast) and shaking up Stoli -Bolli cocktails, may have had someting to do with this.!
Sales of Prosecco and Cava here too have increased by 80 per cent in the past five years, and latest figures for 2015/16, show we consumed 31.6 million gallons of sparkling wine from Italy, France, Spain and England.
Janet Harrison had a clear objective in the creation of this new event:
“The festival will have a modern approach to the usual wine fairs with no snobbery and a fun and informal atmosphere. With the massive rise in sales of sparkling wine due, in part, to the popularity of Prosecco, it seemed a great time to organise a festival dedicated to fizz.”
This one day event will feature the opportunity to taste up to 75 different champagnes and sparkling wines, as well as personally meet the wine merchants and experts to learn everything about Fizz but were afraid to ask.
The thirst quenching line up of Exhibitors will include Vino, Oddbins, Majestic wines, Good Brothers Wine bar, From Vineyards Direct and Zonin 1821 Prosecco.
To complement the drink, there’s a market place of Scottish food producers too from Damn Fine Cheese to fresh shellfish from the Oysterman.
There will be two ticketed sessions: 12pm-3pm and 4pm-7pm. During these times, visitors can take part in special Masterclass events hosted by three true professionals: Doug Wood of Woodwinters (Bridge of Allan & Inverness), named 2016 Wine Merchant of the Year, will be introducing The Wines of Ferghettina from the renowned Sparkling Wine Region in Italy, Franciacorta. Woodwinters like to encourage a sense of adventure and share the magic, not the mystery, of great wines.
“All aboard the Fizz Line” by Nikki Welch. owner of Convivium Wine, will explain different styles of sparkling wines to demonstrate the easy way to navigate wine around her amazingly creative WineTubeMap, tempting the taste buds from Pink Fizz to Vintage Champagne.
A rather glamorous event is sure to be the Taittinger masterclass with Master of Wine, Mark O’Bryen presenting a prime selection of superlative Champagnes from one of the largest and oldest family-owned Houses in France.
As an exciting new venture, Taittinger is soon to produce English sparkling wine after investing in a collaborative vineyard business in Kent. The UK is Taittinger’s biggest export market and they wanted to “create something special to show our appreciation.”
The new wine Domaine Évremond (named after Charles de Saint-Évremond, who inspired 17th-century Londoners to quaff champagne) will certainly be a Grand Alliance Fizz to launch with a splash.!
“I only drink Champagne on two occasions, when I am in love and when I am not” – Coco Chanel
In Festival spirit, it will be a Cracking day out! Competitions and prizes, exclusive discounts and The Fizz Festival People’s Choice Awards. There are three categories – Best Champagne, Best Sparkling Wine, UK and Best Sparkling Wine, Rest of the World.
From the shortlisted selection nominated by the exhibitors, visitors are the judges voting on their top choices with the Awards ceremony taking place in the evening as the finale of the Fizz Festival.
And you can be assured of a lively, buzzing, fizzing atmosphere – just take a look at this video from last year!.
Diary Date: Fizz Festival 2016 Edinburgh – Saturday 29 October, 2016
Edinburgh Academy, 42 Henderson Row, Edinburgh EH3 5BL (in the New Town between Stockbridge and Canonmills)
Fizz Festival Tickets: £ 25, now on sale at www.crackingwine.co.uk
Masterclasses: £ 5 – £7.
The Fizz Festival People’s Choice Awards Ceremony, 7.15pm with oysters and fizz: Tickets £ 5.
“Hey, did you ever try dunking a potato chip in Champagne. It’s real crazy!