Connolly's event stumps up for charity
Published:  13 June, 2008

Birmingham wine merchant Connolly's is organising an Australian-themed cricket event to raise funds for a local charity.

The event will allow paying visitors

to taste Australian wines, enjoy a barbecue meal and even take part in a cricket tournament.

Taking place at Kings Heath Cricket Club on the afternoon and evening of July 3, it will feature four tables with more than 30 Australian wines, including examples from Grant Burge, Tamar Ridge and Tallarook.

The cricket tournament will feature four six-man teams batting it out. Tickets are priced at £40 for players and £30 for spectators, with £5 from each ticket being donated to Solihull Action Through Advocacy, which helps adults with learning difficulties.

Continuing the cricket theme, Eastbourne's Cooden Cellars has devised a case offer featuring Australian wines with links to the sport.

New south east Australian producer One Chain Vineyards (which is named after the old official measure for the length of a cricket pitch) provides a selection of The Googly Chardonnay, The Wrong 'Un Shiraz/Cabernet, Howzat sparkling Chardonnay and The Golden Duck Shiraz.

Brokenwood in the Hunter Valley supplies Cricket Pitch red and white wines, while Jim Barry Wines from the Clare Valley provides Silly Mid On Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon and The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon.

The cricket-themed case is being offered for £85 - £11 less than the normal retail value of the wines.




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