Wine Tasting at Veeno Leicester

A blog post all about alcohol when you don’t even drink alcohol, right? I know what you’re thinking. I’m thinking the same.

My lovely friend Izzy was invited to a wine tasting experience at the brand new Veeno wine bar & cafe in Leicester and needed a plus one so I jumped in and went along with her.


We weren’t expecting food so we decided to head straight over to a little restaurant and grabbed some food beforehand to line our stomach since we would later on be tasting wine, durrr. Wine tasting experience and all.

Once we lined our stomachs we headed over to Veeno in St.Martins which opened at the end of November.


Veeno is an Italian wine bar chain which has now opened its ninth branch in Leicester City Centre. They are already located in Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds x2, Harrogate, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham & York.

They offer the traditional Italian culture including nibbling and drinking in a beautiful, relaxed atmosphere.

The wines available in each and every Veeno Cafe comes from the company’s Caruso and Minini family vineyard in Sicily where four generations have produced wine.



What we’re here for right?

Their wine tasting experiences are laid back but still very informal. We got to taste wine as a table of eight with platters of food between two. A lot of the food on the platter was meat which I don’t eat so I can’t give my thoughts on that side of things, but having the wine with the bread and/or cheese changed the taste so much!

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We were told all about the business, how it began and the background, the winery, the wines we were going to try and an explanation of which spuntini from the sharing platter best complements the wine we were tasting.


image from Veeno – Twitter

“We offer authentic Italian “spuntini” (appetisers). We source all our spuntini (cold meat cuts, breads and cheeses) from the best quality producers in Italy. Choose one or two, or build your own platter with 3 or more spuntini!”

The wine was brought over to us one by one. Every time a new glass was brought over, an explanation followed of the taste, how its made, what food its best paired with and more. They then left us to it to enjoy conversation and eat & drink with the others taking part in the experience.



Even though I’m not a huge alcohol drinker, and even when I do drink alcohol not much of a wine drinker I really enjoyed this experience. I learnt so much more about wine and the different types. It’s definitely a turning point from the cheap £5 wine from supermarkets.

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The experience on a whole was brilliant, so informative with such a relaxed, laid back atmosphere. It’s something I’d definitely bring a friend or family member back to do. My mum for sure would LOVE this.

Have you ever been to Veeno? If so let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Lots of Love, Debra-Bow xxx


This blog post does not contain any PR or sponsored content. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way influenced by anybody else other than myself.
  • Yaaay lovely post! Had such a fab time with you at the wine tasting, thanks for coming with me ❤️ See you soon lots of love!

    Izzy |

    • Debra Bow

      Me too!! Thank you for having me! See you very soon xx

  • Really happy to hear you had a wonderful time. I haven’t been here before but since there is one in Liverpool, I will be checking it out soon. 💜🎅🎄💫✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie. x |

    • Debra Bow

      You should definitely check it out 🙂 x

  • I just want to go for the nibbles!! xx

    • Debra Bow


  • I’m not a big wine drinker but I think an experience like this I would actually enjoy. I’m keen to find my perfect wine! x

    • Debra Bow

      Me neither! But surprisingly reallllly enjoyed it x

  • I don’t drink at all but I love that explained what the wine was and what it was best to pair it with. It’s sounds like you and Izzy had a great night!

    Sian x

    • Debra Bow

      Thank you Sian! xxxx

  • Sounds like fun! Great photos!

    Abbey 😇

    • Debra Bow

      Thank you x

  • Hey I did comment on this but for some reason some comments weren’t posting.

    This looks like great fun especially the nibbles!! Lol I love food. Xxx

  • Woo shout out to the back of my head! Great post girl, was lovely to meet you 😊 xxxx

    • Debra Bow

      Yay!!! It was great to meet you too! 💕 x

  • I’m not a big wine drinker but I’d still definitely do this for the experience (and the nibbles!). Sounds like the perfect setting for a chilled girls night. 💕
    Ashton xx

    • Debra Bow

      Yeah that’s why I went really for the experience! 🙂 xxx

  • Ah this looks amazing! My kinda night;) I’ve said for agessss I want to go to Veeno! Looks really good! fab post lovely 🙂 xxxx

    • Debra Bow

      Omg we should definitely go!!! Thank you xxx

  • Kayleigh Zara

    This sounds amazing! I’m also not a massive wine drinker but I really like Italian wine, and all the food sounds amazing x

    • Debra Bow

      Thank you xx

  • Oh I’ve not been a massive wine drinker but I recently started to drink Rose!! I feel like a ‘women’ now!! Great post!! xox

    • Debra Bow

      Yay!!!! Xx


    I have never heard of this company but they are someone who I will be looking into I feel like it would be a great experience with either some of my friends or my boyfriend. Seen as they have on in York I feel like I have no excuse to not try it this year.

    Charlotte x

    • Debra Bow

      You should definitely look into going with some friends. You’ll have a great time 🙂

  • I’m not a big wine drinker but it seems like you had a fab night! xx

    • Debra Bow

      I did! Thank you xx

  • Lisa

    I’m not a wine drinker but this looked like it was fun! Shame they’re all a little bit too far for me. I really love your pictures x

    • Debra Bow

      It was definitely fun 🙂 thank you xx

  • Ah amazing! I’m not much of a wine drinker either, but I’ve been many times with mum when someone has let her down. I find you start to appreciate the wines tastes and stuff when you do the tasting! I won’t sit there with a big glass of wine in my hands, but the experience of wine tasting is so fun!

    Katie –

    • Debra Bow

      Yeah I’m definitely the same! 🙂 xxxx

  • Amy

    I’ve never been to a wine tasting – I would love to although not sure if I would feel out of place as my wine knowledge is zero! It’s good that you learnt a lot about wine though!
    Amy xx

    • Debra Bow

      Haha I didn’t really know much about wine and I didn’t feel out of place! You can go with a group of friends so you wouldn’t be in a group of people you don’t know or anything as i would find that super awkward anyway! Xx

  • It sounds like you had an amazing experience 🙂 Deffo a good place to chill for a girls night out!

    Thanks for sharing
    Steph xx

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    • Debra Bow

      100%! Glad you agree 🙂 x

  • Libby

    Loved this post! I’ve never been wine tasting but it’s something I’ve always wanted to do! It looks like you had a great time!


    • Debra Bow

      You should definitely give it a go with a friend or two! You’d enjoy it 🙂 x

  • Seems like a lot of fun! Xoxo

    • Debra Bow

      It definitely was! X

  • Lauren

    Oh this sounds like so much fun especially since I LOVE wine! I’ve went on a wine and cheese tasting before when I was in Amsterdam and I really enjoyed it so I would love to do ti again. And I love your pictures!

    Lauren | Lauren the Daydreamer