Wine trade supergroup to raise money for Comic Relief

10 December, 2014

OLN columnist Richard Hemming is joining forces with MWs Anne McHale and Alex Hunt, Bordeaux Cellar founder Matt James, Concha y Toro PR boss Ben Smith and PR Helen Chesshire to form a wine trade supergroup called Skin Contact.

The band will play a gig to raise money for Comic Relief on March 9 at Vinopolis.

The band will be fronted by a succession of wine trade insiders performing lead vocals, with the full line-up to be unveiled over the coming months.

Hemming said: “We’ll be playing cover versions of classic, well loved floor-fillers, then there’s a very special guest DJ spinning the wheels of stainless steel and an exclusive pre-gig tasting of Côtes du Rhône wines.

“We’re going to give the UK wine trade the best party of the year. All of the ticket price is going to Wine Relief, the trade’s fundraising initiative for Comic Relief, to tie in with Red Nose Day 2015.”

Agnès Heller from sponsor Inter-Rhône added: “We’re so pleased to have the opportunity to take part in this amazing charity event bringing the inimitable Skin Côntact to the UK wine trade for one amazing night.

“And of course, we will be holding the annual Côtes du Rhône tasting on this occasion: think Red Nose Day, think Côtes du Rhône.”

Tickets will go on sale in January. For more information visit

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