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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Richard Hemming MW: beware inverse snobbery

Few things can bring communal pleasure so intimately as wine. Apart from a hot tub, perhaps. Sport can trigger mass jubilation, film gives us shared empathy, but wine has a nigh-unique ability to bestow conviviality among us through a shared bottle – which makes it especially galling that we spend so much time divided over it.

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