Charity dinner

01 June, 2007

Drinks trade charity The Benevolent raised more than £40,000 from its dinner on May 17, of which around £27,000 came from an auction of prizes donated by the drinks trade. This year, places at the event - held at Claridges - were restricted to 200, and tickets were sold out.

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Looking back to look forward

Wine is a liquid time capsule. Drinking older vintages not only recalls the weather conditions and winemaking styles of the past, it encourages us to reflect upon our own histories. Such reminiscence often inclines towards romanticised nostalgia. Especially after the second bottle. But looking back is a great way of learning about the future.

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