Typically taking in 7 or 8 different wines allowing an opportunity to compare wines side by side. These are usually themed by grape variety, producer, supplier or region.
Unlike many tasting organisations the IWSS also covers spirits and cocktails. The opportunity to try something different is always embraced.
The IWSS organises short breaks to allow a more in depth study. Sometimes these are weekends away in country hotels and sometimes trips abroad. The IWSS maintains strong links with the wine festival in Lauffen in Germany.
Central Scotland is small but diverse in its tastes. The Institute runs tastings in both Edinburgh and Glasgow. It has active members in both great cities.
Introduce your products to a diverse group of retailers and consumers in Scotland.
An opportunity to try something different or something new, or something you might never get the chance to try again.
Showcase your portfolio to retailers and sommeliers, by demonstrating your products to a varied range of consumers.
Meet producers, wholesalers and consumers, and find out how their opions vary and interact.
What's trending in the world of drinks? Keep up to date with current tastes and products.
An opportunity to enjoy something special, and an opportunity to try some things you might not otherwise try. Take the mystery out of the parts of the winelist you would normally venture into.
Paid on the Night
As my current job is specifically spirits marketing, the IWSS is a great way for me to keep up with what is happening in the wine trade.
The usual format is an introduction, then trying each drink one at a time, with an explanation of its origins, features and availability. The drinks are usually poured in what amounts to about 1/3 of a standard measure. The meeting finishes with intimations, a vote of thanks, presentation of the speakers gift. After the meeting some of the members head off to a bar for further discussions (everyone is welcome to participate). Mineral water and spittoons are available on each table.
This can be retailers, wholesalers, enthusiasts, commercial suppliers, consultants, producers or members of the institute.
Nobody likes everything. The committee endeavours to ensure a balance and to this end there are usually only one or two tastings of spirits in a year.
We always arrange our meetings so members can take advantage of the off-peak train fares.
Generally, no. This is due to licensing regulations. Where wines are available in this country there is often an opportunity to make an order for delivery.
Please contact the president by email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rob Gilmour Wood Winters (President / Secretary)
David Miller Angel Fine Wine(Vice President)
Ruth Kynoch (Treasurer)
David Alexander (Director of Online Communications)
Nicola Gordon (Minutes Secretary)
Leah Hawkins Pickerings Gin (Ordinary Member)
Neil Gordon (Immediate past president)
Current President Rob Gilmour Wood Winters
2012-2015 Neil Gordon Angel Fine Wines
2008-2012 Marilyn Salmon
2006-2008 David Mair Angel Fine Wines
2004-2006 I McNeill The Wine Experience
2001-2004 A Laird-Craig T M Robertson
2000-2001 N Barr Vin Ecosse
1999-2000 D Morgan Wine Training Services
1998-1999 L Deans Matthew Clark
1997-1998 J Harris Alliance Wines
1996-1997 G Rule Napier University
1995-1996 L Jewell Waverley Vintners
1994-1995 D W Manson Griersons
1993-1994 N Barr Waverley Vintners
1992-1993 J D Lamond Clydesdale Wine & Spirit Co
1991-1992 W J Bell H Sichel & Sons
1990-1991 W R MacRae J B Reynier
1989-1990 J G Williamson Waverley Vintners
1988-1989 R J Homewood Glayva Liqueur
1987-1988 J R Hernanz Queensway Hotel
1986-1987 J Macnaughton Euroscot Wine Ltd
1984-1986 D Morgan Gilbeys
1982-1984 R C Paterson Whyte & Mackay
1980-1982 E H Fellows
1979-1980 W Kelly
1977-1979 J Christie
1974-1976 W H Finlay
1973-1974 M L Grant
1971-1973 W Kelly
1969-1971 W Sandeman
1967-1969 J Johnstone
1965-1967 J Campbell
1962-1965 L Stelmach