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Wine, gin and whisky event dates for your diary

From poker nights to wine dinners, Scotsman wine columnist Rose Murray Brown selects some of the best up and coming drink events for you to check out

Published: January 12, 2016
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Whisky & gin

Burns tastings

Sign up for a night of celebration across two venues: both including plenty of drams with The Scotch Malt Whisky Society: Caledonian Hotel, Aberdeen, 22 January and also at Garvock House Hotel, Dunfermline, 22 January.
£44 for non-members/£35 members, 0131-555 2929

Britannia Burns supper

Enjoy VIP treatment aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia with a four course dinner in the State dining room, address to the haggis and dram tasting, 29 January.
£165, 0131-555 5566 

Whisky & poker

An interesting combination for The Scotch Malt Whisky Society – try this fun night out with their £5 Buy in No Limit Texas Hold Em Tournament at The Vaults in Leith on 18 January.
0131-554 3451

Many gins a spring makes
Explore the new spring gin line-up at WoodWinters at this tutored gin tasting in their Bridge of Allan store on 5 February.

Valentine chocolate & whisky
You find love in unusual places: so why not try the atmospheric vaults of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society in Leith on 14 February for an indulgent romantic evening matching chocolate and single malts.
£44/£35, 0131-555 2929

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Wine tastings & dinners

American dream

Stay in Scotland to experience a wine walkaround across the Americas from Canada down to Uruguay on 15 February in Perth Concert Hall and 16 February in The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh with The Wine Society.
£28, 01438 740222,

Down the Danube Valley

Enjoy the tastes of this beautiful valley from the source of the Danube in Baden in Germany, in search of the finest pinot noir. Follow the river through Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria and Croatia to Moldova at The Scores Hotel, St Andrews on 5 March.
£32, 01334 870731

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Fizz & chips

An unusual combo – try deluxe cuvée champagne with your battered fish ‘n’ chips – now an annual tasting in Bridge of Allan Cafe, 18 February.

Wines of Uruguay

Discover the delights of tannat and more from this small South American wine country with Institute of Wines & Spirits Scotland, hosted by Provenance Wines, 1 March at the Royal Scots Club, Edinburgh.
£20, email

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The ‘Big Bang’ masterclass

Learn about the secrets of volcanic soils around the world, which help make wines with wonderful high natural acidity and minerality, from Mount Etna to Madeira, 20 April at 28 Queen Street, Edinburgh.
£40, 01334 870731

Classic wine dinner

Enjoy eight classic wines from around the world matched with four courses at Rhubarb, Prestonfield House Hotel, Edinburgh on 12 May.

Top 100 Australians

Join wine writer Matthew Jukes to taste a sample of his Top 100 Australian wines as his roadshow heads north to Summerhall in Edinburgh on 15 April.

Taste of Scotland

Sample the best of Scottish produce matched alongside a selection of wines from around the world: including smoked salmon, venison charcuterie, game terrine, cheeses, breads and 13 wines, 1 July at Abode Hotel, 129 Bath Street, Glasgow.

Perthshire wine fiesta

Take a seat at St Fillans Hotel for its wine dinner in Perthshire with Great Grog on 11 March.

Fairs & festivals

Nip Festival
Drumossie, Inverness: 29 March-2 April, £30,

Grog Spring Wine Festival
Merchants Hall, Edinburgh: 6 May, £17,

Spirit of Speyside Festival
Speyside: 28 April-2 May,

Islay Festival of Music & Malt
Islay: 20-28 May,

Orkney Fine Wine Festival
Kirkwall, Orkney: 29 May-5 June,

Mhor Festival
Lochearnhead, Perthshire 29 May, tel: 01877 384622

Whisky Stramash
Surgeons Hall, Edinburgh: 28-29 May,

The Whisky Fringe
Mansfield Traquair, Edinburgh: August, £25, tel: 0131-524 9380, or

Foodies Festival
Inverleith Park, Edinburgh: 5-7 August,

Rose Murray Brown is one of only 323 Masters of Wine worldwide and is the only one to host wine courses and regular wine tastings in Scotland.

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