Gourmet Food & Wine Tasting Tours, Edinburgh

Gourmet Food and Wine Tasting Tours, Edinburgh

Have a wonderful stay in beautiful Edinburgh!

With so many things to see, do, taste and try (and so little time!) you want to make the most of your time here.

I have created a 3 hour tasting tour featuring 3 breathtaking Edinburgh venues, a selection of artisan Scottish food paired with 5 wines, presented by a local guide.

Your local guide will take you around Edinburgh, answering your questions and teaching you how to taste wine!

The tour starts at 2pm and concludes at 5pm - leaving you time in the evening to continue to explore Edinburgh!

"Great wine, great food, great fun!"

This was booked with a group of friends and we had a fabulous afternoon. The wine and food were paired beautifully and our host Joanne, was exceptionally knowledgeable, and all in stunning venues. This one thing you should definitely do when in Edinburgh! - August 2023
Private tours, ecpicurean tours or corporate events are also available - please email me at joanne@swirlsipsocialise.com for more information.


2pm: The Balmoral Hotel

A very warm welcome to The Balmoral Hotel, the starting location for the tour!
The Balmoral Hotel is a decadent, stunning hotel full of old world charm and tradition.
You will be met in the foyer and taken up to The Gallery where you will meet your local guide and relax with a glass of Champagne. Relax! Taste the bubbles and learn why Champagne sparkles.
At The Balmoral we taste a beautiful white wine and learn how to pair it with food.
Food: Chef's Artisan Cheese Board Selection

3pm: The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant

The Mound, Edinburgh
At 3pm we leave The Balmoral Hotel and stroll a short way through Princes Street Gardens. We arrive at the National Gallery where the second restaurant is located.
The Scottish Cafe and Restaurant has beautful views of the Gardens and is a peaceful oasis in the heart of the city.
Here we sample delicate Italian rose and an Italian red wine, each paired with a selection of delicous Scottish food.
Rose wine tasting: Pinot Grigio Rose, Italy
Red wine tasting: Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Italy
Food Pairing: seasonal savoury treats, for example Tomato Salad, Smoked Sea Trout and/ or Haggis Bon Bon's. The menu changes regularly.

4pm: Twenty Princes Street

Our final stop is Twenty Princes Street where we enjoy dessert and wine.
Escape the hussle and bussle of Princes Street and step into Twenty Princes Street: serene, peaceful and beautifully decorated.
Time for dessert! We love the contemporay approach Twenty Princes Street has taken to this traditional Scottish sweet treat!
Taste: Prosecco Rose, Itlay
Food:Scottish Cranachan Dessert with a contemporary finish.
5pm: The tour conculdes.

Starting location

The Balmoral Hotel,

1 Princes Street, Edinburgh

Scotland, United Kingdom


Prebooking is essential

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Brilliant Session!

The wine & cheese were great but your chat was the standout. The factual stuff on its own was brilliant but I felt the personal anecdotes lifted it up a level.

Adam - December 2020

I highly recommend! Such fun and amazing wines.

Joanne is fabulous


Better than we could possibly have hoped!

Joanne's depth of knowledge and her clarity in
communicating it are astonishing, every question we asked spurred a
fascinating and engaging delve into the wine world, and we learned so
much more than we would have anticipated. By far the stand out, however,
was Joanne's deft guidance through the process of actually engaging with
the experience of wine. This has, without hyperbole, genuinely changed
our approach to wine, opening our eyes to a hitherto unanticipated world
of experience.

Dr Ben M., September 2022

A really enjoyable way to spend the afternoon

Joanne's friendly, disarming and knowledgeable style of presentation enabled all of us to learn something new about wine and wine pairing.

Philip, October 2022

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I highly recommend Joanne!!

Joanne’s knowledge is fantastic and the service she provided was extremely professional. A very enjoyable afternoon drinking and learning about wine!!

Nicola L, Edinburgh, UK - August 2020 -

We had a great experience with Joanne!

Highly reccomend for anyone who always picks up the same bottle of wine - She has encouraged me to try wines I wouldn't normally buy.

Jayne M. Edinburgh, UK - May 2020 -

A lovely wine tasting session with Joanne.

 Joanne is friendly and makes a tasting session fun and you will not feel out of your depth with her.

Emma C. Stockport, England - July 2020 -

Joanne's an absolute delight and very knowledgeable.

Joanne went through the basics of how to taste wine. We swirled, we slurped, we sniffed. After two glasses, I was already feeling like a pro!

Traci K. Malden, MA USA

Joanne was incredibly knowledgable and personable. The wines had a good variety, were quality selections.

Stephen V. Natick, MA USA