I like wine tasting. And I particularly like wine tasting in beautiful, spacious art galleries, surrounded by interesting people with vast amounts of delicious food to hand. And when it’s for charity I like it even more.

Which is why I am telling you about fine wine merchant Goedhuis & Co’s utterly spectacular The Summer Rosé Experience in aid of Starlight Children’s Foundation which takes place at London’s Saatchi Gallery on Thursday 23rd June from 6.30 to 9.00pm.

I have a pair of tickets to giveaway to this brilliant summer party to an LLG reader. To enter, just leave a comment below telling us what you like to drink.

(But if you would like to go anyway, tickets are an extremely reasonable £30 each.)

I was there last summer (& we will all be there again this time) to support my best friend Miss P, a wine & food expert oft spoken of in this parish, who organises this exceptional and extremely fun fundraiser each summer. Not only was there extraordinary wine to taste from ten outstanding rosé producers but, carefully positioning myself by the food table, I then ate my weight in esoteric and delicious cheeses from Maitre Phillipe Olivier. (Which I rather regretted when I saw how many good-looking men there were dotted around the galleries.)

Miss P tells me: “We hope we have found the perfect balance between a serious wine tasting (as all the wines and champagnes are outstanding) and a wonderful summer party with art, music, canapés, cupcakes and strawberries. I think some people forget it is a fund-raiser, but Starlight is a brilliant charity and our aim is to raise as much as possible for them.”

For those of you who really know your wine, the producers from across France participating in the event include Château d’Esclans (described by Jancis Robinson as producers of “the finest rosé I have ever tasted”) and Champagne houses Laurent Perrier and Billecart Salmon. *


And the food, one must not forget the food. There will be Parma ham and Parmesan from Manicomio, Loire Valley cheeses from Maitre Philippe Olivier and the quintessential ingredient for an English summer night – strawberries. With the odd cupcake or two.

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So to recap: For just £30 per person you get to taste twelve exceptional wines, meet interesting people, see a Saatchi exhibition (Shape of Things to Come: New Sculpture) and eat extraordinary food, all for charity…

Each year, 2500 children are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Starlight Children’s Foundation currently grants wishes for many of these children. Granting their wishes gives these children a chance to live their dreams and for their families, happy memories to share and cherish together whatever the future may hold.

Starlight will be collecting wish pledges during the evening with all donors being entered into a prize draw for a Summer Cellar of Wine donated by the ten wine producers.

*The full list of participants is as follows :
Ch St Baillon showing Réserve du Château Côtes de Provence Rosé 2010
Domaine Begude showing Pinot Rosé Vin de Pays d’Oc 2010
Domaines Ott showing Côtes de Provence Clos Mireille Rosé 2010
Ch d’Esclans showing Whispering Angel Côtes de Provence Rosé and Château d’Esclans Côtes de Provence Rosé 2010
Domaine Bernard Reverdy showing Sancerre Rosé 2009
Ch de Sours showing Ch de Sours Bordeaux Rosé 2010 & La Source Bordeaux Rosé 2009
Champagne de Bruyne showing Champagne de Bruyne Rosé NV
Laurent Perrier showing Champagne Laurent Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut NV
Billecart Salmon showing Champagne Billecart Salmon Brut Rosé NV
Taittinger showing Champagne Taittinger Brut Prestige Rosé NV

Tickets are priced at £30 per person and can be purchased from Catriona Ramsay at Goedhuis & Co via email at cr@goedhuis.com or 020 7793 7900.

The evening is generously sponsored by Savills and by Weatherbys Private Banking.

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I love to drink water everyday,(we call it council pop). Australian Chardonnay on a Wednesday(my date day with hubby). Fruit cider when the footballs on! Vodka and tonic when I’m out with my girl friends, Champagne on birthdays, anniversarys and Christmas day.Barley water and Pimms when Wimbledon is on. One pint of Guiness every St.Patricks day!! lLove a Disarano at the end of a meal. Cheers my dear!


I’d love to be healthy and say 2 litres of liquids a day. Sometimes I manage it. A bucket of coffee on weekdays, a bucket of tea at the weekend. A vodka martini (Snow Queen!) on Friday to say hello to the weekend – icy cold beer or (purely coincidentally) rosé on a hot summer day – big red wine in the autumn – a Calvados with my double espresso… May just add a puff for the rhubarb gin I made earlier this year, but not the raspberry vodka I made which tastes uncannily like Benylin. And Fanta for a hangover.


I love champagne for a special occasion. I’m a bit patriotic and love Australian wines particularly from the Margaret River region but I also love Pimms during a BBQ and cocktails on a girls night out.


Herbal tea is my favourite day drink, even better when it’s a whole leave/flower tea. Love Bailey’s at a party night out, but I’m a Rose gal in general.


I confess: I’m a total Diet Cokehead. Really, I’d love these tickets for my Dad. He’s very interested in wine and a real foodie. I know he’d adore getting suited up and attending the exhibition too. He’s always in a good mood when dressed up. Plus – and I know most girls say the same of their Dads – he really is the world’s best father and I don’t treat him often enough. Even if I’m not picked, you’ve given me a wonderful idea for a Father’s Day gift. Thanks, LLG!


Pimms! Have recently moved to London and even more recently have been introduced to Pimms; quite frankly the most perfect summer drink (perhaps second to a splendid rose). Have also been recently faced with the hard reality that whilst I thought I have may known a wee bit about ‘new world wines’, I am indeed terribly ignorant. And almost reminded daily when celebrating my first spring in London- have decided I need to humbly conceding when offered the opportunity to choose/pair wine…


When the sun is shining and the working day is done, I like nothing more than a chilled glass of bubbly. And I’m with Madame Bollinger, who once said:
“I only drink Champagne when I’m happy, and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I am not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.”


My current favourite drinking choices are Côtes du Rhône and English Rose ‘champagne’, like the Hush Heath Bafour Brut. Both different but excellent.


Ooh, at a gorgeous summer party like this, there’s only one option: A Hendrick’s gin and tonic with a think slice of cucumber. It sounds wrong to have anything other than lime in a G&T, but for Hendrick’s it has to be cucumber.

Of course, this is after several glasses of prosecco – how else to start a garden party?

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