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  • Jancis Robinson
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  • Jancis Robinson
23 Apr 2008

Linden Wilkie of The Fine Wine Experience is organizing a charity dinner with some pretty special wines on Tuesday 20 May (during the London Wine Trade Fair) at London's Institute of Directors. It's in aid of Oxfam and the Gurkha Welfare Trust, just like the efforts of his team – The Grand Crew – when they take part in Trailwalker in July, a 100-km walk over the South Downs. He says, "It's a tough physical challenge – especially if you saw the state of our team!"


Half the participants of the fundraising dinner have provided smart wine (multiple bottles or large formats) while the other half, the likes of you, are meant to provide the money. Tickets are £375 although see full details  of how to pay below.


The four-course dinner will be accompanied by:


1993 Vilmart, Coeur de Cuvée 1993 Champagne (magnum)

Dom Leflaive 2000 Chevalier-Montrachet

Sorrel, Le Gréal 1989 Hermitage

Chapoutier, Le Pavillon 1989 Hermitage (magnum)

Penfold's Grange 1991 South Australia

San Giusto a Rentennano, Percarlo 1997 (magnum)

Ridge, Monte Bello 1996 Santa Cruz Mountains (the wine famously served blind and taken by all as Old World at the Napa MW conference)

Ch Lafite-Rothschild 1995 Pauillac

Ch Gruaud Larose 1985 St-Julien (double magnum)

Ch d'Yquem 1983 Sauternes

De Sousa, Bual 1900 Madeira     


Tickets are £375 in total and places are very limited. Those interested are asked to pay The Fine Wine Experience £225 which will covers the dinner, IOD room and glass hire, etc for both the an attendee and a wine provider. (The Fine Wine Experience will donate any surplus and pay for any shortfall). Once your place is confirmed you are asked to visit The Grand Crew's fundraising page at and make a donation of at least £150 (making up the minimum total ticket price of £375).


On the night, David Elswood, International Head of Christie's Wine Department and a superb auctioneer, will conduct a charity auction. You will be able to bid on some fine wine lots!

If you would like to donate a fine wine lot (or anything we can auction on the night!) please contact Linden Wilkie at the address below.


Event: 'The Grand Crew' Charity Dinner for Oxfam and The Gurkha Welfare Trust

What: A fine wine dinner and charity auction evening

When: 19:00 – 22:30, Tuesday 20 May 2008

Where: The Institute of Directors, 116 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5ED

Tickets: £375 (see explanation above)


To book your place, contact Aiko at or on 020 7692 0602.



Linden Wilkie

The Fine Wine Experience Ltd

tel +44 (0)20 7692 0602

fax +44 (0)20 7692 0603