Once fit for royalty and noblemen, cognac and armagnac are now less fashionable spirits.
Join The Scotch Malt Whisky Society on 9 February to retrace their history.
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is hosting a romantic evening matching whisky, champagne and oysters on 14 February in Queen Street, Edinburgh.
A meat and malt night with five single cask whiskies matched with steak takes place at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society in Leith on 15 February.
Not a rugby match, but a wine taste off comparing 13 wines from the Western Cape against classic regions of France at the Royal Scots Club, Edinburgh on 1 February.
Valvona & Crolla has been importing top quality cheese from mongers and affineurs in Italy for three generations – come and taste five new season cheeses paired with wines on 15 February, Elm Row, Edinburgh.
An unusual combo – try deluxe cuvée champagne with your battered fish ‘n’ chips – now an annual tasting at Bridge of Allan Cafe on 8 February.
An evening of history and wine – learn how wine growers across the world have survived the ravages of war from the American Civil War to the Second World War with 13 wines to taste from Champagne, Bordeaux, Alsace, Cyprus, Macedonia and Virginia on 23 February.
Taste award-winning wines from Australia to Alsace at Aberdeen Douglas Hotel on 30 January and at Trades Hall, Glasgow on 31 January.
Matthew Jukes will be showing off his pick from his top 100 Aussie wines in this Bridge of Allan walk-around tasting on 2 March.
A vinous journey through Margaret River, Swan Valley, Pemberton and beyond. Western Australia produces just five per cent of Australia’s wines, but quality-wise they are some of their best. There are 13 wines to taste plus finger buffet at Abode Hotel, Bath Street, Glasgow on 8 March.
There’s a fiesta of wine and fine game at The Four Seasons Hotel wine dinner in Perthshire on 23 March.
Discover the indigenous grapes of South Caucasus, one of the oldest wine producing regions of the world, with Armenian wine importer Charles Masraff at the Institute of Wines & Spirits Scotland at the Royal Scots Club, Edinburgh on 3 April.
A real treat for the wine lover: sample eight classic wines from across the world matched against four courses prepared by Rhubarb in Prestonfield House Hotel, Edinburgh on 10 May.
Taste the treasures of Emilia-Romagna region including Lambrusco wines, balsamic vinegar, Parmigiano Reggiano and Parma ham plus pancetta and Mortadella cheese, 17 May, Elm Row, Edinburgh.
Taste 13 wines focusing on organic and biodynamic production and
find out how natural wines are made in The Vaults, Giles Street, Leith on 5 July.
Laithwaite’s flagship events are at The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh on 18 May and Glasgow Caledonian University on 19 May.
Compare 13 chardonnay and pinot noirs in The Scores Hotel, St Andrews on 16 March (£36) and Abode Hotel, Glasgow 13 July (£42).
Victoria Hall, Dunblane, 10 February; Strawberry Barn, Dunbar, 24 February; Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries, 2 June.
St Peters Church Hall, Edinburgh, 17 March.
Speyside, 3-7 May.
Merchants Hall, Edinburgh, 11 May.
Stirling Highland Hotel, 12 May.
Islay, 25 May-2 June
Surgeons Hall, Edinburgh, 19 May
Trades Hall, Glasgow, 2 June.
Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, 16 June
Mansfield Traquair, Edinburgh, 11-12 August.
Inverleith Park, Edinburgh, 3-5 August.
Balmoral Hotel, 3 November