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Time-limited luxuries

A fundraising evening of food and wine, bluffing and buffery

Time-limited luxuries

November 12 2010
John Stimpfig

International charity Action Aid is hosting a high-profile fundraising wine dinner on Thursday, November 18 at Lincoln’s Inn in London. In addition to a three-course dinner and numerous wines, guests will also be amused and entertained by several celebrities trying to guess the identity of the wines they are “blind” tasting.

This is the third year that Action Aid has organised a “Call My Wine Bluff” dinner, based on the classic TV panel show. This year, the panel of buffs and bluffers includes writer-comedienne Lucy Porter, actor Brian Cox, as well as broadcaster Michael Buerk and stand-up comic Andy Parsons. Clive Anderson plays host.

Last year’s event, which featured among others Lee Mack and Emma Thompson (pictured), raised £160,000 on the night thanks to a combination of ticket sales and both a live and silent auction. Exclusive prizes this year include a week’s holiday for two in St Lucia, with two BA business-class tickets. For oenophiles, a dinner for 10 in Christie’s dining room with its international wine department head, David Elswood, is up for grabs, as well as an opportunity to make your own wine in the Dordogne.

See a clip of last year’s event here: