Fizz Festival: Edinburgh Academy, 29th Oct 2016

Come along to Edinburgh’s first Fizz Festival, held at the fabulous Edinburgh Academy.  There will be lots of fantastic fizz from around the world, masterclasses, food and an awards ceremony too!

A truly sparkling day out, including:

  • Over 75 different Champagnes and sparkling wines for you to try and buy
  • Free wine carrier
  • Local delivery service
  • Exclusive fizz discounts
  • An opportunity to speak to producers and suppliers and learn more about your favourite fizz
  • Competitions and prizes
  • Your chance to vote in The Fizz Festival People’s Choice Awards, Scotland
  • An exclusive awards ceremony with oysters and fizz (of course)

Tickets are priced at £25 and include a free tasting of each of the wines at the festival.

There are two sessions which run from 12.00 until 15.00 and 16.00 until 19.00.  The awards ceremony takes place at 19.30.  The categories include:

  • Best Champagne – Sponsored by Tom Cannavan at
  • Best Sparkling Wine (UK)
  • Best Sparkling Wine (Rest of World)



Come and take part in our exciting and illuminating masterclasses!

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Session 1: 12pm-3pm and Session 2:4pm-7pm, Saturday 29th Oct

Masterclass 1, 12.15pm & 4.15pm: THE WINES OF FERGHETTINA FROM FRANCIACORTA: Price £5

A real treat and a chance to taste and learn about Italy’s  finest sparkling wines, presented by Doug Wood of Woodwinters, you won’t be disappointed!  Duration 20mins.

Masterclass 2, 1.15pm & 5.15pm: THE HOUSE OF CHAMPAGNE TAITTINGER:  Price £7

Mark O’Bryen MW will be presenting a selection of wines from Champagne Taittinger, one of the only Champagne houses to remain owned and actively managed by the family named on the label.  The tasting will uncover how Champagnes can be so very deliciously different!  Duration 20mins.

Masterclass 3, 2.15pm & 6.15pm: ALL ABOARD THE FIZZ LINE!: Price £5

Travel and taste the Fizz Line with Nikki Welch, founder of the WineTubeMap.  A whistle stop tour of different styles of sparkling wines using their unique approach. Duration 20mins

Exciting exhibitors include:

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L’Art du Vin specialises in the supply of a comprehensive range of wines from around the world. l’Art du Vin was conceived and nurtured out of our passion for food and wine – our focus is to supply quality wines that are made with passion, integrity and uniqueness of origin whilst being true to environmental and ethical issues hence the reason why we have a wide range of natural, biodynamic and organic wines.


The Oysterman Events supplies fresh Scottish oysters to all types of events. Our oystermen mingle amongst guests and offer them freshly shucked oysters with a selection of seasonings, or raw (for the purists!). A professional oyster shucker is an original, elegant and enjoyable accompaniment to celebrations, champagne receptions, weddings, cocktail parties and corporate events.

Local, Independent and different – Vino have quickly established themselves as the premier Edinburgh destination for those interested in the world of wine, craft beer and specialist spirits.  A clean, modern retail space with a team of helpful and knowledgeable staff creates the perfect atmosphere for browsing the hand-picked range.  With 5 units across the city including the recently opened Wine Café & shop hybrid in the New Waverley Arches, Vino are always on the cutting edge of the ever evolving drinks industry.

You can also follow us on twitter @vinowineshops

Oddbins is the firebrand wine merchant that has held a unique place on the UK’s high streets for over 50 years.  Always championing the new, the exciting and the unknown in its 47 stores and online.


Zonin 1821 is one of Italy’s most important family-owned wine-producing companies and is also one of the foremost worldwide. It distributes and markets still and sparkling wines under the Zonin label as well as those of the family’s nine Estates.

Damn fine cheese

As one of Scotland’s newest cheese companies we pride ourselves on presenting some of the best flavoured cheeses available in Scotland.  Our range now includes 12 full time flavours and we have 2 new flavours launching very soon.

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2016 Wine Merchant of the Year WoodWinters are one of the top independents in the UK and supplier to many of the country’s top hotels & restaurants. With shops in Edinburgh, Bridge of Allan & Inverness no one is better at delivering quality, amazing value and informed choice to Scotland and beyond. Our range of over 2,000 wines – alongside whisky, artisan gins & spirits and craft beers – includes many quality-obsessed small producers, organics and rare finds and we are delighted to sell Ferghettina exclusively in Scotland .  We host tastings throughout the year to help our customers explore these.

Wine Tube Map

The Wine Tube Map takes away the stress from having to choose your next bottle of wine by organising wines by flavour and taste.  Their website, app, book and newsletters mix hot tips on the best supermarket and wine merchant buys with a fun and informative guide to wine – making it easy for you to sit back and enjoy it!

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Hush Heath is a boutique, family owned English wine and cider producer hidden deep in the ‘Garden of England’.  Richard Balfour-Lynn planted the very first vines of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier in 2002 and enjoyed a successful inaugural vintage in 2004.  From the beginning, the ambition was to produce premium quality grapes that would enable us to produce world-class traditional method sparkling wine to showcase the merits of English terroir.  Today, due to the success of Balfour Brut Rose, our range has increased substantially.  We pride ourselves on producing a range of sparkling, still wines and ciders which are uniformly characterised by a clean, crisp and vibrant personality with concentrated ripe fruit.

Majestic wine

Majestic specialises in selling brilliant wine by the case.  We believe that wine – whether you are buying it, or selling it and especially when you are drinking it – should be full of fun.  There are plenty of places where you can buy decent wine.  What gets us really excited is interesting wine – the wines you taste that are just a little bit special. They are difficult to find in the supermarkets but we’ve got hundreds of them for you to explore and we don’t want you to pay over the odds to find them.  Majestic makes interesting affordable, so everyone can enjoy it. is an online wine merchant specialising in a small range of delicious drinking wines imported direct from the growers and delivered to your door at prices well below traditional merchants.

Appellation Wines was opened in Dalry in November 2009 by Ashton, with the underlying philosophy of stocking wines that cannot be found elsewhere. We champion the smaller producer and the lesser-known wine regions. We don’t sell anything we wouldn’t drink ourselves – and yes, we have high standards! In January 2013 we opened our second shop, at 63 Comely Bank Road. We host weekly tastings are held in both shops, alternating between wine, beer and spirit tastings.

Good Brothers was set up in early 2016 by brothers, Rory and Graeme Sutherland. Their passion is finding the best wine that is as natural as possible. Less additives, less intervention, more flavour. Good Brothers Wine Bar is situated on Dean St in Stockbridge, open 7 days for food,
drinks and off sales.

Have you ever sat down with a glass of crisp white wine, or a refreshing beer and yearned for a decent snack? You’re thinking crisps or nuts right? We happen to think your palate deserves far better than that.The Drinks Bakery creates delicious savoury biscuits to enhance your favourite drink experience. Our 3 launch flavours are hand-made using
the very best cheese and completely natural, local ingredients. They’re simply perfect to accompany your favourite drinks and if you’re feeling generous, maybe share them with some friends.
Co-organiser of The Fizz Festival and based in Edinburgh, Wine Events Scotland organises wine workshops, tastings and certified Wine & Spirit Education Trust courses for consumers and the trade. The company is owned and managed exclusively by Diana Thompson.
WSET qualifications are globally recognised as the international standard in wine and spirit knowledge. They are designed for both those in the industry and the many enthusiasts who have a passion for wines and spirits.


Best Champagne

Wine Writer Tom Cannavan’s website is now in its 21st year and widely acknowledged as one of the world’s great wine resources with features, tasting reports, weekly wine of the week video channel, quizzes, restaurant reviews and so much more – including guest columnists like Champagne authority, Tom Stevenson.  The best news of all is that wine-pages is completely free to access.  Just visit and enjoy…

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Sponsor: Best Sparkling Wine UK
Brian Elliot, MidWeek Wines. Brian Elliott is a wine writer and wine judge who is Scotland’s most widely read wine columnist. He has also founded the MidWeek Wines website that provides regular posts about offers on supermarket entry point wine.

Sponsor: Best Sparkling Wine Rest of World
In the spring of 2013 something extraordinary happened. Two Italian guys in their twenties met in Manchester to find out that they shared a unique passion; they both loved ­ and missed ­ the Italian Aperitivo, the ritual of drinking, nibbling and relaxing after work. A daily occasion to share moments of happiness with friends and family. By the end of that very same year, Veeno was born: a place where everyone could enjoy great wines and the most authentic Spuntini, platters of meats, cheeses and other appetisers imported from strictly selected Italian producers. Our wines come from the family vineyard back in Sicily where great­-grandfather Antonio planted the first vines in the XIX century. Since then, we have been working hard to ensure that our quality and tradition could flow from the bottles to the glass in your hand