Tucked away in the centre of Rose Street lies Veeno, a fairly new Italian wine cafe; and I say cafe because its all very informal, relaxed and you can enjoy their Italian wines at your leisure. What they do best is wine tasting experiences whether it be for 2 people or 20 people where they pair their award-winning Italian wines from their own Caruso & Minini vineyard in Sicily with their spuntini appetisers (sharing platters) where all the meats, cheeses and breads are sourced from the best quality producers in Italy.
Veeno kindly invited me to join a wine & food pairing evening with the ladies from Beyond Spa at Harvey Nicols.
The table sections are all cordoned off using clever partitioning but still gives a very open airy feel to it. The walls are lined with bottles of wine, maps of Italy and some impressive cork art!
Our table was in one of the larger nooks which seated up to 12 people comfortably, and we were handed a lovely glass of prosecco on arrival. There are 3 wine tasting experiences to choose from – Classic Wine Tasting which is 2 whites and 3 reds from their wines for £19.90pp; Selezione Wine Tasting which is 2 whites, 1 rose and 2 reds from their premier selection for £26.90pp or their Blind Wine Tasting for £28.90pp. All these wine and food pairings come with sharing platters. These wine and food tastings incorporate all my favourite things – wine! cheese! bread! meat! I was in heaven.
Before we all started to take our places, the large wooden platters laden with the appetisers where placed in the centre of the table. These are a sight to behold.
Beautiful silken ribbons of Proscuitto de Parma (18 month seasoned parma ham); thinly sliced discs of Salame Milano (air-dried pork); dark and delicious Olives Pate Bruschetta; Parmigiano Reggiano DOP (24 month seasoned Parmesan cheese) which definitely is a must try – I could have eaten a massive wedge of this; breads including Focaccia, Piadina and bread sticks all accompanied by black olives and the classic Italian dip of balsamic vinegar and olive oil. What’s not to love.
Our host and barista for the evening, Mike, brought the various wines to our table but I think with most large groups of excited ladies, the actual drinking and eating was more important that learning about the wine; hence unfortunately I don’t have a list of what wines we drank but I can vouch that they were all good. I prefer red wine and the ones served were big bold robust flavours whilst the whites where quite crisp, dry and quite light.
However being informed of what appetiser to eat with each wine, definitely went down a treat, and there were was alot of head nodding and munching as cheese, bread and meats where washed down by large swigs of red, white and rose wine. The wine tasting experience can last anything from 90 minutes to 2 hours but its up to you to set the pace. I left after about 2 hours but the party was still in full swing. I believe the Tiramisu and the sweet wine were the perfect full stop to a great night.
I like the concept of a wine cafe and really love the fact that if you just love wine, but have no actual knowledge of wine you can quite happily go here and feel completely at ease. Their menu is so flexible and caters for every wine lovers need from enjoying a glass of wine with friends, wine and food experiences, wine flight tastings, popping in for lunch and enjoying one of their panini’s to enjoying a blind wine tastings with a group of friends.
Veeno platters cater for vegetarians too or you can make your own; and they have a fantastic and very reasonable Christmas and New Year Wine Tasting events on. You can book via their website.
I really enjoyed my night out at Veeno. Thank you. The staff are wonderful – super friendly and knowledgeable. The atmosphere is very relaxed and you just know you are going to be treated to fabulous food and wine.
Veeno, 76 Rose Street, Edinburgh
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My Spoon Award : Gold