The Countryside Alliance held the 21st London Wine Auction Dinner on Tuesday 4 October in The Raphael Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Billed as London’s largest dinner party; it did not disappoint. More than £200,000 was raised for the Countryside Alliance through an auction, sponsored by Roxtons Field Sports.
The dinner was chaired by Simon Mackenzie Smith of Bank of America Merrill Lynch and was attended by more than 350 guests, including Mountford Communications founder Hugh Morrison and the fashion designer Amanda Wakeley OBE, Richard and Cindy Royds and Lord and Lady Gerald Fitzalan Howard.
Impressionist and comedian Rory Bremner delighted the audience, who sat down to a delicious dinner prepared by By Word of Mouth and sponsored by Fortnum & Mason, Boozy Udders ice cream, and Prestat Chocolates. Wines were supplied by Berry Bros & Rudd and Goedhuis & Co.
Top lots were a day’s shooting at Alnwick donated by His Grace The Duke of Northumberland and a classic handmade Yorkshire leather pig made by Omersa.