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Valvona & Crolla

Elm Row Events
Tastings and Demonstrations

This year we have many events including plenty of the usual wine tastings, Fungi Forays and free in-store tastings. Ticket availability is noted for each event. Some will sell out well in advance of the date, particularly the Fungi Forays - we advise booking early. Dates and prices for events shown below may be subject to change.

You can buy tickets online through this site, or you can call the shop on 0131 556 6066.

All these events will be held at 19 Elm Row, Edinburgh, EH7 4AA except where noted.

Tickets are strictly non-refundable

Sicily and Puglia v Veneto and Toscana

Thursday 1st March 2018 
6pm – 8.30pm

Sicily and Puglia are the two southern regions of Italy that produce large quantities of wine but are relative newbies to the Italian wine scene in the UK and only now becoming a little more understood for quality and individuality. Veneto and Toscana are the two regions where the best know Italian wines are produced and well known in this country. This will be a newbies v oldies tasting. Let’s compare together Amarone v Primitivo, Chianti v Nero d’Avola and many more specialities from these regions.

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*Includes a 10% discount, over and above the SALE discount, on all products purchased on the day 

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Cantine Talamonti Wine Tasting
Thursday, 15 March 2018
6.30pm – 8.30pm

We are thrilled to host a Cantine Talamonti, Abruzzo wine tasting for the first time. We have listed their Pecorino Trabocchetto and their Montepulciano d’Abruzzo for many years and the wines have been stalwarts for countless customers for many years. It is now time to hear their story directly from the producer. It was founded in 2001 by the Di Tonno family, in a magnificent, unspoiled part of the Abruzzi. Their stunning, delicately perfumed wines are elegant and exciting. A Cantine Talamonti wine ambassador will introduce to us the family, the winery and most importantly the wine.

Come and join us for this important and informal tutored tasting which will last about 90 minutes with time after for some conversation about the wine.  A selection of crostini will be served.

Tickets £12* 
*Includes a 10% discount on all products purchased on the day
Booking essential.

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Blind Tasting Challenge
Thursday 5th April 2018
6pm - 8.30pm

Join us for the second consecutive year of the Valvona & Crolla Blind Tasting Challenge. After years of wine tastings in our shop it is time for us to once more put you to the test: Test your sense of smell and palate - to unleash the aromas and flavours locked away in your memory. You do not need to be a wine expert to take part in a blind tasting. Just come along and have some fun. Trust your own instincts but we will give you some clues to help you identify the wines. To make the evening even more interesting there will be a prize for the  most highly scored tasting sheet.

Tickets £13* 
*Includes a 10% discount on all products purchased on the day.

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Alan Taylor at Valvona & Crolla ‘An Appointment in Arezzo’

Join Alan Taylor, renowned journalist, for a Tuscan supper and a convivial conversation about his new book which reveals his enduring friendship with Muriel Stark. Signed Copies available.

£25 for 2 courses with a glass of wine

*Includes a 10% discount on all products purchased on the day Booking essential

Book on (0131) 556 6066 or

Tasting of New Wines & Vintages
Thursday 3th May 2018 
6pm - 8.30pm

Every year, by late April, we will have tasted more than 500 wines from about 300 different appellations or Geographic indication from around the world. We will have made our decisions: delisted some wines and taken on board a selection of new wines from the recent harvest of 2015, 2016 and 2017. Now it is your turn. We ask you to be part of the Valvona & Crolla wine buyer team and come along and taste and tell us if we have made the correct decisions or not.

Tickets £13*
*Includes a 10% discount on all products purchased on the day.

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Romagna Bella Tasting

Thursday 17th May 2018
6pm – 8.30pm

Emilia-Romagna is one of the richest regions of Italy with regards to its gastronomic and wine making traditions. The region is known for Lambrusco wines and balsamic vinegar from Modena and Reggio Emilia. Parmigiano Reggiano is also produced in Reggio Emilia and the finest cured meats such as Parma’s Prosciutto, Culatello and Pancetta and the famous Bologna Mortadella. Come and join us on this gastronomic tour to  discover the flavours of Emilia Romagna.

Tickets £20* 
*Includes a 10% discount on all products purchased on the day.

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V&C Fine Italian Wine Tasting

Thursday 7th June 2018
6pm – 8.30pm

“Fine wines” mean top quality, local identity and terroir, tradition and modernity. The Italian ABC of the fine wine is perceived to be the likes of Amarone, Barolo, Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti Classico, Pinot Bianco and Greco di Tufo. But there are others as well. Join us in this premium wine tasting and try some of the most appreciated wines in the world in one tasting.

Tickets £18*
*Includes a 10% discount on all products purchased on the day.

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Giancarlo Russo Tutored Tasting Event

Friday 29th June 2018 

We are delighted to welcome back Giancarlo Russo, Professor of Gastronomy, after last year’s oversubscribed and well received tastings.  His expertise in pairing food with wine is unrivalled. We will be tasting five new in season spring cheeses from Tuscany and Sardinia together with five delicious new season wines. Prof. Russo’s tastings are always informative, sometimes controversial and certainly great fun!

Tickets £15* 
*10% discount on all products purchased on the evening.

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V&C Pre-Festival Celebration Sparkling Wine Tasting
Thursday 26th July 2018
6pm – 8.30pm

Celebrate the start of the 2018 Edinburgh International Festival & Fringe at V&C with a fantastic Italian sparkling wines tasting. Join us again to taste and discover the different styles of Prosecco, Metodo Classico and fine Spumante from Italy. 

Tickets £15*
*Includes a 10% discount on all products purchased on the day.

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Edinburgh Fringe at Valvona & Crolla August 2018

This year is the 71th Anniversary of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It runs from Friday 3th August until Monday 28th August. We have 8 acts so far lined over 2 venues:

Venue 67
Valvona & Crolla Delicatessen, Wine Merchant, Caffè & Theatre
19 Elm Row, Edinburgh, EH7 4AA
Tickets: 0131 556 7800

Tickets will go on sale from early June All Details TBC

Funghi Foray & Picnic 2018

Saturday 29th September
7.30am- 3pm

Join our legendary Funghi Foray with leading mycologist Neville Kilkenny. Meet for coffee at Valvona & Crolla then travel by coach to our top secret location. Foray with Neville and enjoy a well-earned packed lunch of food and wine. Neville will then identify your mushrooms and give an educated and insightful talk about the pleasures and perils of cooking with wild mushrooms. Recipes from Mary Contini and 10% discount on your purchases when you return to the shop.

Tickets £49*
*Tickets include morning coffee and pastry, coach travel, a light lunch with one glass ofwine and tutored foray. Arrive at Elm Row at 7.30am for coffee. Depart 8am. Arrive back at 3pm.Foragers must wear sturdy walking shoes and bring waterproof clothing.

We remind you that wild fungi can kill and should only be eaten if absolutely sure of identification.

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Sweet Wine, Port and Cheese Tasting

Thursday 29th November 2018

Christmas is approaching and there are few products that must be on your table for such an important lunch or dinner, not least Sweet Wine, Port and Cheese. But what to buy? What wine goes well with which cheese? Are you happy with the traditional Port and Stilton pairing or do you want to be more adventurous and go for Moscato and Gorgonzola? We can help to solve this puzzle. Come and join us for this tasting dedicated to pudding wine and cheese. An opportunity to learn more about our different styles of natural sweet wines, fortified wine and  the best matching cheeses.

Tickets £15*
*Includes a 10% discount on all products purchased on the day.

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Exclusive Christmas Preview
Thursday 6th December 2018
6.30pm- 9pm

We cordially invite you to an exclusive Christmas discount shopping evening. The ticket price includes tasting Christmas specialities, and 20% discount on all shopping, treats, wines, artisan food, panettone and panforte as well as home wares and Christmas Gifts.

Tickets £10*
*Includes 20% discount on all shopping, Christmas gifts & treats.

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