Raising a glass to Comic Relief

18 February, 2011

Retailers will raise money for disadvant­aged people in the UK and Africa with the seventh Wine Relief project.?This year’s campaign began on February 3 and will culminate with Red Nose Day on March 18. Participants include Marks & Spencer, Waitrose, Majestic, Laithwaites, Booths, Wine Rack and Virgin Wines.?“The concept is very simple,” said Wine Relief spokesperson Gino D’Acampo. “Every time you buy a bottle of wine from the Wine Relief range 10% goes straight to Comic Relief, which helps people in the UK and Africa.”

Jancis Robinson MW, who started the initiative with husband and restaurant critic Nick Lander, said: “Wine Relief provides wine lovers with a delicious excuse to treat their tastebuds, all in the name of charity.”?The selected wines include reds, whites and rosés “to suit every palate and purse”, the organisers say. Marks & Spencer’s Wine Relief selection includes Rockridge Chardonnay at £6.99, Charles Back Barbera at £9.99 and Villiera Barrel Aged Chenin at £10.49. Majestic has included Barbera d’Alba Sucule 2007 Villa Lanata at £9.99, Morgon 2009 Château de Pizay at £8.99 and some vegetarian wines including Pinot Gris 2008 Cave de Turckheim at £8.99.

Since its launch in 1999, Wine Relief has helped to raise £3.8 million for Comic Relief.

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