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, and members are encouraged to attend in both (meetings are timed for the off-peak trains and we often travel together).
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.
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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.
I used to be a three bottles for a tenner person. The institute demystified some of the finer points of wine. It saved my liver - shame about my wallet!
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.
Throughout the lockdowns and subsequent restrictions the IWSS has continued to meet (sometimes on Zoom and sometimes on Teams). The format has remained the same although wines have had to be ordered by individual households for delivery (and on occasion picked up or hand delivered). Surprisingly good fun, and a lot easier than travelling by non-existent train during COP26.
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)
Nicola Gordon Garth Wines (President)
David Miller Angel Fine Wine (Vice President)
Ruth Kynoch (Treasurer)
David Alexander (Director of Online Communications)
David Mair Angel Fine Wines (Ordinary Member)
Neil Gordon Garth Wines (Immediate past president / Minute Secretary)