Add a touch of sparkle to the bleak mid winter at the fourth Fizz Feast 2019, Edinburgh

Diana Thompson launching Fizz Feast 2019 with a sabrage

The only Festival dedicated to Sparkling Wine in Scotland is back for its fourth year in November featuring twelve international producers, presenting around one hundred distinctively different wines including Champagne, Cava, Prosecco, Italian Franciacorta, German Sekt and English Sparkling Wine.  To complement the fizz is a tasty selection of artisan food from cheese and chocolate to salami and salmon.

Wine Events Scotland was established in 2016 by Diana Thompson who has worked for over 25 years in the wine and hospitality industry and as a certified tutor runs workshops, tastings and Festivals across Scotland. The company was named ‘Best Drinks Marketing Company in Scotland 2017’ and ‘Wine Event Organiser of the Year 2018.’

‘It’s a unique opportunity to discover something new – you will be amazed at the variety on offer. Winemakers and producers look forward to talking to you about their fabulous fizz.”  Diana Thompson

Every Fizz Festival goer will receive a complimentary Riedel champagne flute on arrival to use as you wander around the stands for tastings. Then take it home, wrapped safely in bubble wrap in your smart canvas Fizz Feast bag.  Those attending a Fizz Masterclass receive a second Riedel glass.

A world of champagne and sparkling wines to sample at Fizz Feast

As we approach Armistice day, 11th November 2019, it is pertinent to recall Winston Churchill’s wartime quote in 1918 “Remember gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s Champagne!”

Churchill was reputed to have drunk 42,000 bottles of champagne through his lifetime.  His favourite was Pol Roger and when he met Odette Pol Roger at the British Embassy in Paris in November 1944, they became close friends and a case of Pol Roger would be sent to Chartwell each year on his birthday.

We may not be so fortunate to receive such a gift so a visit to the Fizz Feast will offer the chance to sip, taste and learn more about the world of champagne and sparkling wines from the producers and suppliers. Then order and purchase your favourite selection.

1986 Advertisement for Taittinger

One of the most renowned Champagne houses is Taittinger founded in 1734.  Today Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger proudly preserves the heritage of the family business.  His son Clovis is the creative export manager, securing Taittinger as the official champagne at the World Cup 2014, and his daughter Vitalie is the artistic director and ambassador of style.

“This wine of celebration and love is the most wonderful prelude to any occasion.”  Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger

A classic choice indeed for the Christmas season when entertaining family and friends as well, of course as special romantic gifts.  Book up for the special Masterclass to learn all you need to know about Taittinger Champagne with Master of Wine Mark O’Bryen.

The House of Lanson (established 1760) has the prestigious honour of holding a Royal Warrant as purveyor of champagne to the British Court since 1900.  The company is also the official supplier of champagne for the Wimbledon tennis championships. Special Wimbledon branded bottles have green and yellow neoprene jackets to keep the bottle chilled for up to two hours.  Game, set and match!.

Lanson – Wimbledon champagne of choice

Black Label Brut (NV) is described as a tang of green apple along with toasted bread and nutty notes – fresh, crisp and elegant. Lanson Gold Label 2008, is straw yellow in colour with fine bubbles and an aroma of orange and spiced fruits – sounds perfect with mince pies and plum pudding!.

Greyfriars Vineyard in Surrey produces high quality sparkling wines using the traditional method of secondary fermentation and ageing. The vineyard is planted with the three Champagne grape varieties; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, which suit the chalk soil conditions and climate of the North Downs.

At Fizz Feast you may be able to sample a selection from their award winning range: Cuvee Royale, Blanc de Blancs, ‎Sparkling Cuvée NV, Sparkling Rosé  Reserve and Sparkling Fume, NV.

The Italian sparkling wine, Prosecco is named after the Italian village near Trieste.  Established in 1821, Zonin is Italy’s largest privately-owned winery and Zonin Prosecco is made from the Glera grape, native to the Veneto region.

This year Zonin Prosecco Cuvée 1821 won the Gold award at the Sommeliers Choice Awards  and also won the Falstaff Prosecco trophy 2019.  The Judges remarked: “Brilliant white gold color with persistent perlage. Hints of lemon, elderflower and crunchy apple at the nose. Well balanced with an elegant creamy finish.”

In 1500, when the Venetian Republic was at the height of its splendour, the region of Franciacorta in Lombardy produced food and wine for princes, kings and rich merchants. Contadi Castaldi is a famous Italian winery specialising in Franciacorta, a fresh, fascinating sparkling wine  – fresh lime aromas, white peach and green pepper. The taste is vibrant, very easy drinking and with a long finish.

Your journey around Fizz Feast will also take you to Bavaria where the 17th century Hans Wirsching Estate is run by the 14th generation of the family. It is a member of Fair’n Green, certifying sustainability and environmental protection.

Last year, the German food and beverage magazine “selection” named the vineyard “Silvaner Wine Estate of the Year” and Andrea Wirsching as “Female Wine Maker of the Year”.

Lena, Andrea and Dr. Heinrich Wirsching

Andrea Wirsching is coming over from Germany especially for Fizz Feast to share her passion for wine to visitors. She will also present a masterclass about the family estate with tastings of German Sekt which include the Hans Wirsching Silvaner Extra Brut and Hans Wirsching Cuvée Brut.

“Central and Eastern Europe is a hot bed of vinous reinvention at the moment, wine producers are now making bottles every bit as good as their counterparts in the West”  The Guardian, September 2019

Croatian Fine Wines in Cheshire is the sole importer of Croatian wines into the UK and are suppliers to M&S, selecting wines from Croatia as well as Serbia, Slovenia and Bosnia. Sparkling wines are made from the same traditional method as Champagne. Kabola Re 2015 Brut Sparkling Wine is “a lively bubbly with an expressive but refined nose with hints of apple, wild raspberry fruit and meadow flowers”

Several Edinburgh and Scottish wine merchants and off licences will also be exhibiting their professionally selected champagnes and sparkling wines: Lidl, Bellisimo Vino, Woodhouse Wines, Wine Society and Goldenacre Wines.  A valuable opportunity to see their stock to pick up in store or make an order.

Fizz Feast also presents producers of appetising Artisan gourmet food, particularly suitable for Christmas parties and presents which complement these fine wines.

It would not be the festive season without Scottish smoked salmon and the Tobermory Fish Company will be there to showcase their quality locally sourced seafood and other island produce.  Their hand crafted fishy dishes inspired food writer, Eilidh Forlan to invent a delectable breakfast bagel, featuring Tobermory smoked trout, avocado, wilted spinach and a fried egg.

Bagel with Tobermory Smoked Trout, fried egg and avocado and spinach

Cheese too from a family dairy farm on the Isle of Mull offering Cheddar, Hebridean Blue, and wax-coated Ledaid Whisky-flavoured Flavells from their local Tobermory Distillery.

What could be more appropriate with a glass of Prosecco than a platter of Sardinian charcuterie.  Sample a selection at Shardana Catering which specialises in authentic, modern Italian cuisine, catering for corporate events, private parties and weddings,

Growers Garden farmers’ collective produce healthy vegan Broccoli crisps

Wine and crisps go (literally) hand in hand and Growers Garden Crisps has created a healthy. gluten-free, vegan brand made from Broccoli grown by a farmers’ collective in the Kingdom of Fife. The low calorie crisps (naked, chilli, sour cream & chive and cheese flavoured) contain 27% broccoli.  Perfect with your choice of dips (guacamole, hummus, salsa) and of course a glass of fizz.

Growers Garden Broccoli crisps

Wander around the venue to sample and buy Caorunn Gin, (best served with tonic, ice and slices red apple), Trotters spicy Condiments, Hoods Honey and Pacari Chocolate  – fair trade, vegan, palm oil free, organic and kosher.

As well as the speciality wine masterclasses, sign up for a diverse choice of informative talks on Caorunn Gin, Hoods Honey, Tobermory Fish company.

Brighten up the winter chills and enjoy a truly sparkling day out at Fizz Feast 2019 – the ideal place to be inspired and start planning the delicious food and drink for your festive season.

Fizz Feast 2019

Saturday 16th November, 2019

The Edinburgh Academy, 42 Henderson Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5BL

Two sessions: 12-3pm and 4-7pm. Tickets start at £25 per person

Choice of wine, gin and food Masterclasses

Festive Fizz for a sparkling Christmas and New Year 2020

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About vivdevlin

I am an international travel writer, specialising in luxury travel, hotels, restaurants, city guides, cruises, islands, train and literary-inspired journeys. I review dance and theatre, Arts Festivals and love the visual arts. I have just experienced an epic voyage, circumnavigating the globe, following in the wake of Captain Cook, Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson.

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