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Edinburgh Walking Wine Tours

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An example tour: starting a 2:30pm and concluding at 5:00pm

Ticket holders meet in the spectacular foyer of The Balmoral Hotel, 1 Princes Street and prepare for an afternoon of Champagne, wine tasting, entertaining conversation and a whistlestop tour of Edinburgh.

The Balmoral Hotel: Champagne on arrival followed by a guided tasting of Gavi di Gavi white wine paired with Chef's Selection of cheeses.

3:20pm A short walk through Princes Street Gardens to The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant. Located at The National Gallery with views over the gardens. Enjoy a Pinot Grigio Roassato and a fruity Italian red wine. These are paired beautiruflly with an artisan selection of Scottish foods, including Smoked Salmon and Haggis Bon Bon's - there is something for everyone.

Save room for dessert! The third venue EGG&CO has a sweet treat and dessert wine waiting for you! This is an opportunity to talk with local crafters and storeholders at this 'popup' location in the heart of the city. Relax and watch the world go by.

Venues, menus and wine lists are subject op change and seasonal variations. Please contact Joanne from more details.

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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

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The Perfect Pairing

"Your involvement in the day, from the pairings to the in-person tasting, was one of the highlights of the celebrations."

C&S, November 2021

Contact Joanne

Providing a truly unique and personalised service, Joanne not only selects wines to perfectly pair with your menu, but will consult with your Chef to curate and present a guided tasting experience for you and your guests on your wedding day.

A knowledgeable, engaging wine presenter, she enchants audiences of novice tasters and experienced wine collectors alike and has earned a reputation across UK and the USA with her flare and passion for wine.

A Unique Experience

Foodie guests, novice tasters and wine lovers will enjoy a unique wine and canapé tasting presentation. Informal, relaxed and fun, this is a wonderful way to engage your guests in a shared, memorable experience. Featuring the still and sparkling wines selected for your wedding, I will guide guests in the art of wine tasting and food pairing, answering questions and making sure everyone is comfortable.

Each wedding presentation I design is unique and created to suit you and your guests needs. I'll work with your wedding planner and venue behind the scenes to ensure a seemless event.



A Swirl Sip Socialise Wedding Experience

Here is an example of a one hour tasting event featuring canapés and specially selected wine. Guests really loved the relaxed tasting experience, sampling beautiful wines perfectly paired with gorgeous canapés. Guests were engaged, asking questions and swirling their wines. In the evening guests enjoyed the wines with their meal all the more because they could taste the flavours picked out in the tasting.

Truly a unique way to entertain guests between the Ceremony and the evening meal.


Grapefruit Scallop Ceviche Skewers paired with Pol Roger ‘Pure’ Non-Vintage Champagne, France

Champagne was selected to pair with this canapé due to the low sugar content and high acidity of the wine. The persistent, tiny bubble of this Champagne is cleansing and refreshes the palate. The wine is beautiful on its own but comes to life when paired with Scallops.


Spicy Coriander Prawns in Filo Tartlets paired with "On The Brink" Fincher & Co. Organic Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc, Nelson, New Zealand

This blend of two varieties is famously found in Bordeaux, France. The New Zealand twist on this classic blend give the wine a fresh zest, bright acidity and complex mineral notes, perfect for the Spicy Prawn Tartlets which will enhance the Sauvignon character. The Semillon lends weight and round sophistication, which will come to the fore when paired with Pork Belly served at the evening meal.


Confit Duck Leg Wrapped in Duck Breast Rolls, Cucumber, Spring Onion and Plum Sauce ~ paired with Alphonse Mellot 'Le Paradis' Sancerre Rose, France 2019

Rose is the perfect partner to this delicately flavoured duck canapé. While red wine may seem the obvious choice, the delicate flavours of cucumber, spring onion could be lost. Rose has a little tannin that will give the wine weight and grip but also a bright fresh acidity to balance the fatty nature of duck breast.


Great Glen Green Pepper Venison Salami and Chanterelle Skewer ~ paired with Chateau de Sales Pomerol, Bordeaux, France 2011

Something special for the red, a Pomerol with some age! Lots of character to discover in this glass as flavours continue to evolve. This is the perfect partner to the canapé Venison skewer. The wine will be decanted and allowed to ‘breath’ in preparation for the Venison Loin main course served at dinner.


contact Joanne to arrange your own unique event

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