Edinburgh was certainly sparkling on Saturday 17 November when well over 250 corks were popped and 300 people came to taste fizz from all over the world and some fabulous from all over Scotland.
Trevor Clough, chief blender at Digby’s Fine English gallantly opened the festival with the help of a First World War sword. Have a look at it here.
For an independent view please see Peter Ranscombe’s feature in Scottish Field here.
Sparkling wines came from all over the world including Motzenbäcker, a range of premium bottle fermented sparkling wines from Germany. Fizz Feast coincided with Motzenbäcker’s launch into the UK from The Original Bier Company, a superb importer of German wines and beers based at Canonmills in Edinburgh.
Taittinger was back for the third year and Master of Wine Mark O’Bryen hosted an exciting masterclass taking people through the various different styles of Champagne. Zonin Prosecco also returned abain to give people the chance to taste premiu m Prosecco. Vilarnau Cava was a newcomer to Fizz Feast and certainly wow-ed people with their uber cool Cava.
The ever popular Jonathan from Woodhouse Wines brought a host of exciting bubbles from a pink Premier Cru Champagne to a popular Australian moscato frizzante.
Vegan Tipples surprised fizz tasters with a selection of popular certified vegan wines. Oddbins were also back with a superb range including an organic sparkling Riesling and the ever popular Black Queen Sparkling Shiraz. Lidl, by popular demand came for the first year and showed some superb sparkling wines suitable for Christmas.
Cockburns of Leith was another newcomer this year, bringing Champagne and fizz as well as a red Prosecco which created a lot of excitement. In line with current trends towards the award winning sparkling wines coming from our own British soils we had not one, but three exciting English Sparkling Wines; Greyfriars Vineyard was back and new to Fizz Feast was Digby and Ambriel. Each came to showcase their multi-award winning sparkling wines. Digby not only produces some great bubbly but has a fascinating story which was told in the Fizz Feast Taster Blog and held a masterclass – not to be missed.
In the Feast Hall, Pacari Chocolate returned and Juan Santelices held a Chocolate & Fizz Pairing Masterclass with me which was fun. Hoods Honey came coming with a stunning range of honey and honey-related tempting products such as diffusers, candles and soaps. Not surprisingly the Prosecco and Strawberry. Flavour Magic showcased their superb range of natural salts, herbs and seasonings. Aroma Academy challenged everyone with their games as well as the fascinating wine, whisky and other sensory kits. Proudly Scottish Caorunn Gin was offering gin tastings for first time at Fizz Feast and received a warm welcome. Two others returning were Damn Fine Cheese with their damn fine truckles of flavoured cheddar and Sally Swinbanks from Tobermory Fish Company who tempted us with her delicious smoked trout and hot smoked salmon. Stefano Sanna was another newcomer this year bringing his Sardinian Specialities including Parmessan, antipasti and numerous other taste bud tantalising temptations.
All in all it was a truly sparkling day out and a perfect Christmas shopping experience!
Fizz Feast 2019 tickets are now on sale – if you’re quick you might be able to take advantage of the “Super Early Bird” offer. It’ll be at The Edinburgh Academy again and the sparkling date is Saturday 16 November 2019. Get your tickets here