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Blind Drunk

  If the past two years has taught us anything, it’s that as human beings, we are full of irrational prejudice (apologies if that sentence is a bit inflammatory, depressing and lacking in yuletide spirit) This is as true in matters of taste, as it is in (slightly) more important matters like love, religion, politics […]

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All Grain, No Pain.

  Rob Hill of the Swannay brewery way up in Orkney, may be Scotland’s most consistently excellent brewer, but few people would call him innovative. He specialises in moderately hopped, traditional beers of the kind that your dad would recognise. (He brews a world class mild, for instance) These are nearly always the best drinks […]

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Vino et Vinyl

Popping corks and spinning discs! In the old past, we’ve proposed some pretty specious not to say spurious reasons for tastings, but this one really takes the biscuit. If you will believe it, we are going to attempt to pair not wine and food but wine and music, pressings of grapes and vinyl if you […]

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LES FAB FOUR

As we hurtle into a scary, angry and ever more insular 2019, lets have one last bash just before we leap head first into the merde at the end of March. We have booked the Walnut on Sunday 10th Feb and we hope you can join us for a wee celebration of the grapes that form the […]

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PLEASE MAY WE HAVE YOUR ATTENTION (and your tinned tomatoes)

It’s turned right nippy out and the nights are drawing right in. We’re all a little bit skint and wondering whether we should get the kids that video game they’ve been droning on about. Frankly, winter 2018 sucks and 2019 looks like it’ll be worse. Well, its time to start counting your blessings. For one, […]

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STOP PRESS

Just a quickie. After the spectacular success of last weeks Natural Wine tasting, we have decided to squeeze another little soiree in before the yuletide season hits us like a layer of white dung* The very vague theme of this evening will be Christmas essentials- so think Burgundy, Sherry, Fizz etc. We can squeeze a […]

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DING! DONG!

The moon is bright, The spirit’s up. Time for our end of year blow out. Good food, good booze, good chat on the first Sunday of December We’ll use the same format as last year: The three of us will each choose our three favourite bottles- a red, a white and a wildcard. You enjoy […]

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Blush With Success

There have been rumours circling around Leith’s Pilot brewery for the best part of two years now. Although it remains a small local brewery, it has a large and growing fanbase due to the quality of the beer and a canny online presence. There is no shortage of demand, but sadly even from the start […]

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Hello Wine!

  Whether it is viewed as an ancient pagan feast or gaudy American import, I’m sure I’m not alone in finding Halloween a deeply embarassing festival. Despite having two children who inisist I construct elaborate Minecraft-themed costumes and working in an industry where I have to grudgingly serve the occasional party goer, I usually manage […]

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GET YER TEUTON!

    When I started in the booze trade back in the mid-nineties, there was a truism that said that there were “Wine Nations & Beer Nations; but there was nowhere that managed to master both”   Utter bollocks, even back then and If there is one shining example of just how wrong it is, […]

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