Grape Vine Social Brings Wine Dating to Scotland

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Grape Vine Social, the creators of 'Wine Tasting Dating Parties', are bringing their events to the Scottish singleton market, starting on April 11th in Glasgow.

Described as the perfect alternative to speed dating, Grape Vine Social's wine tasting dating events blend together the best social aspects of dating, while cleverly avoiding repetitive 3 minute conversations and a meat-market feel, by bringing in the social act of tasting wine. Guests blind taste 6 different varieties of wines over 6 rounds of a quiz. Rather than a one-on-one approach, guests mingle in groups and men rotate groups for each round of the quiz. The guest with the most correct quiz answers after the tasting wins a bottle of wine.

Launched in 2004 by Anna Cooney and Donna Mcloughlin, Grape Vine Social has been running in London, Bristol and Birmingham with an ever-growing fan-base. Anna Cooney, 32, Director of Grape Vine Social, explains "We came up with the idea over a few glasses of wine one night in a bar, when we realised there needed to be more opportunities for single people to meet each other. The events aren't formal wine tastings, and guests don't need to know about wine, just enjoy tasting it, meeting new people and letting their hair down on a Friday night."

Grape Vine Social's events continue to sell-out around the country each month, with the majority of female tickets selling out within ten days of going on sale. Anna explains "Ladies tend to be more organised and outgoing when it comes to dating, while men sometimes need a little more encouragement."

There are plenty of success stories around to encourage the single men of Scotland, including Stuart Dean, 33, who moved to London from Lenzie in Glasgow, and attended a Grape Vine Social event in 2006. "My Irish house mate convinced me to go one night after work, and I thought what the hell. I was surprised how much fun it was, and met a lovely girl called Lucy. I've not looked back since, and we bought our first house together 6 months ago."

Stephen Grant, 29, from Paisley, also has Grape Vine Social to thank for his budding relationship. "I didn't fancy speed dating, but this seemed like a pretty good way to guarantee meeting 20 single ladies without too much effort as well as having your drinks included! I've been seeing Karen ever since, and would recommend it to my fellow male Scots!"

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