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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.

For events held at Valvona & Crolla VinCaffè, 11 Multrees Walk, please see the VinCaffè events page.

You can buy tickets online through this site, or you can call the shop on 0131 556 6066 (0131 557 0088 for events held at Valvona & Crolla VinCaffè).

All these events will be held at 19 Elm Row, Edinburgh, EH7 4AA except where noted.
Events held at Valvona & Crolla VinCaffè on Multrees Walk can only be booked by phone on 0131 557 0088.

Tickets are strictly non-refundable

From Vine to Glass - The Terroir

Every year we run a series of tastings to explore with you wines and grape varieties that we list. This year nothing changes except that each month, as well as tasting exciting wines we will add in a few thoughts on the processes of how wine is made and how it eventually reaches your glass. Come and join us. Learn, taste and have fun with our wine expert, Francesco Cardinale.

The Terroir

Thursday 30th March 2017 6pm - 8.30pm

You may have heard this word, Terroir, many times. Most wine consumers connect this word to the soil of a particular vineyard. There is more to it than that. Terroir refers to the complete natural environment in which a particular vine is grown including factors such as soil, topography and micro-climate. Come and taste some fabulous wines and in an informal setting learn of the importance of Terroir and how it can influence the end result in your glass.

Tickets £12.50* 
*Includes a 10% discount on all products purchased on the day.


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From Vine to Glass - The Winery
Every year we run a series of tastings to explore with you wines and grape varieties that we list. This year nothing changes except that each month, as well as tasting exciting wines we will add in a few thoughts on the processes of how wine is made and how it eventually reaches your glass. Come and join us. Learn, taste and have fun with our wine expert, Francesco Cardinale.

The Winery

Thursday 27th April 2017 6pm - 8.30pm
     

Once the farmer has carefully harvested the grapes, they are transported to the winery as quickly as possible to avoid bacteria and oxidation, ready for pressing. It is in the winery where human intervention happens to, hopefully, only enhance what nature has produced. It is here where a wine’s personality, the philosophy of the winemaker and how a wine stands out from the crowd makes its mark. If you wish to know more and discover what happens inside a winery and the practices that help produce the finished product then come and join us for this tasting. This is an opportunity to learn, have fun and taste some of our delicious wines.

Tickets £12.50*
*Includes a 10% discount on all products purchased on the day.


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Giancarlo Russo Tutored Tasting Event
Giancarlo Russo Tutored Tasting Event
Friday 12th May 2017 6pm - 8.30pm

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 £14.95* 
*10% discount on all products purchased on the evening.


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Blind Tasting Challenge
Blind Tasting Challenge
Thursday 25th May 2017 6pm - 8.30pm

Join us for the first Valvona & Crolla Blind Tasting Challenge. After years of wine tastings in our shop it is now time for us to test you, to test your sense of smell, 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 £12.50* 
*Includes a 10% discount on all products purchased on the day.



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Dean Martin - The Anniversary Show
Dean Martin - The Anniversary Show
Wednesday 7th June 2017 7pm-11pm

Come and join Philip Contini and the Be Happy Band in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dean Martin, born on 7th June 1917.

This will be a spectacular Dinner with Cabaret. The band will play American song book and swing standards during your three course dinner. Philip will sing your favourite Dean Martin ballads after coffee. There will be dancing with the band until carriages at 11pm. Drinks at 7pm for 7.30pm dinner.

Tickets £45.00

Bookings on 0131 557 0088 or buy here.
VinCaffè, 11 Multrees Walk, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ


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Sparkling Wine Tasting
Sparkling Wine Tasting
Thursday 27th July 2017 6pm – 8.30pm

Year in and year out our Sparkling Wine Tasting evening is one of the most popular among you our customers. This year we will taste and discover he many different styles that exist of Prosecco, the most popular sparkling wine from Italy and the most popular sparkling wine in the UK. Tutored by Francesco Cardinale. Celebrate a sparkling summer season at V&C.  

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



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Edinburgh Fringe at Valvona & Crolla August 2017
This year is the 70th Anniversary of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It runs from Friday 4th 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

Venue 334 
Valvona & Crolla, VinCaffè
11 Multrees Walk, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ
Tickets: 0131 557 0088

Tickets will go on sale from early June.

All Details TBC

The Fine Wine Tasting
The Fine Wine Tasting
Thursday 28th September 2017  6pm – 8.30pm

For nearly thirty years Valvona & Crolla Ltd has been pleased to receive many accolades for our wine selection, both for Italy and Scotland. With more than 80 years in business we are known as an Italian specialist. For us "Fine Wines" means quality, tradition, technique and expression of Territorio (Terroir). This is a tasting of the top-notch Italian fine wines made from the key grape varieties: Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Corvina, Aglianico and more. Come and Join us for this informal but serious wine tasting of the best examples of fine Italian wines on our list. 

Tickets £24*   
*Includes a 10% discount on all products purchased on the day.



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Funghi Foray 2017

Funghi Foray 2017
Saturday 30th 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 £45*
*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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Italy North Vs South Tasting
Italy North V South Tasting
Thursday 26th October  2017

The matching of traditional winemaking methods with modern techniques allow top producers in southern Italy showcase their wines on the world stage. Their wines are competitive and gain increased recognition  year after year.
Over 10 years ago the likes of Nero d’Avola, Aglianico and Primitivo were only  known in the region of productions and some international aficionados. The Italian wine industry was represented in the world at that time only by wines from central  and northern Italy such as Barolo, Chianti and Valpolicella. Come and taste and compare with us some of the best examples from the North and the South. We will showcase Amarone V Primitivo, Sangiovese V Nero d’Avola, Nebbiolo V Aglianico....

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


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Big Names Wine Tasting
Big Names Wine Tasting
Thursday 16th November 2017

An exclusive event for only 25 wine enthusiasts. To taste and try some of the most renowned and celebrated Italian wines. We will taste these 'big names' such as Sassicaia, Gaja, Flaccianello, Pieropan, Planeta and more. These are wines that you and we would not normally buy and open. Now is your chance to taste and rate these most exclusive wines, to understand what they are about and select some wines for your cellar at 10% discount.

Tickets £45*
*Includes a 10% discount on all products purchased on the day.


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Sweet Wine, Port and Cheese Tasting
Sweet Wine, Port and Cheese Tasting
Thursday 30th November 2017

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 2017

Thursday 7th December 2017
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 only £10*
*Includes 20% discount on all shopping, Christmas gifts & treats.



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