Now here is something a bit different! A gift voucher for a Wine Tasting Experience is something that your wine loving friends and family will really appreciate.

The Reporter spoke to Ian McNeill who owns The Wine Experience to find out more:-“My tutored wine tastings really are an experience and this led to the naming of my business. Everyone is completely involved in this tasting experience – just like professional wine tasters where we look, taste, discuss and learn – and I always encourage guests to ask questions.

We will look at the wine and see if it is fresh; nose the wine to recognise faults or see the pleasures to follow; then taste the wine and get the whole picture which is revealed with every premium wine tasted.

You may want to learn about food and wine matching, so my Italian Wine Experience or The French Wine Experience will have nibbles of hams and cheeses of the country to accompany the wines.

The big favourite Wine Experience for 2012 is going to be  The Chocolate and Wine Tasting Experience.  This will be an amazing evening of indulgence where calorie counting is forgotten completely!

You will taste some amazing luxury chocolates, mostly from organic sources and fair-trade sources. With many years of experience in selecting wines I am able to bring out the best in pairing these  with the most amazing chocolates.”

And a couple of Ian’s really special gift suggestions for Christmas giving?

“The rather special Champagne in a silk lined quality box together with 6 hand made chocolates will be seen as the gift that a lot of thought has been put into.

Free delivery in Edinbugh or £8.00 for delivery outwith the area.  Cost is just £49.00 for this quality Champagne and hand made Belgian chocolates in a silk lined luxury box

I was keeping this rather special Chilean  Fresita rose wine as a surprise for Valentine’s Day, but word has got out and everyone wants it for Christmas.

Complete with 6 hand made Belgian chocolates in a silk lined luxury box for just £29.95 with free delivery in Edinburgh with this offer, otherwise £8.00 for delivery outwith the area.”





Customers can also purchase an open gift voucher where the recipient then books  a Wine Experience of their choice.



The complete list of dates for Wine Experiences are :-

January 13 The French Wine Experience

January 20 The Italian Wine Experience

February 3  New World Red Wine Experience

February 10 Food & Wine Matching Experience

February 24 The champagne Experience (£49.00)

March 2  Cheese and Wine Matching Experience

March 9 The Spanish Wine Experience

March 30 The Chocolate and Wine Experience

April 13 The Italian Wine Experience


The Wine Experience 6 Alberta Avenue Livingston West Lothian EH54 6AN

Phone: 01506 434 789

Mobile: 07769 588 726