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'Care to Taste'


8th Floor Boardroom, Investec Asset Management, 25 Basinghall Street EC2V 5HA

When Thursday May 15th 2014

This Starfish Spring wine tasting was a resounding success! Hosted by Investec Asset Management and Great Western Wine, the evening raised funds for vulnerable children in South Africa. Guests were greeted with a cool glass of bubbly on a gorgeous sunny evening with a view of London's skyline before beginning the senses based tasting.

Jean-Louis from The Cape Wine Academy captivated guests by talking them through the five taste sensations accompanied by an array of foods, and of course, a chilled glass of white. Lemon slices and olives brought out interesting flavours but the most tantalising of all ingredients was soy sauce, allowing the tasters to explore umami.

Guests tested their knowledge during the second part of the evening with a wine based quiz, many of whom were surprised to learn that a packet of wine gums represents six alcoholic drinks. And would you have known how long the productive life of a cork tree is?

A growing excitement surrounded the silent auction and tombola, which included two beautiful donated prints, a rare bottle of red and a gourmet riverside meal for two at High Timber. The generosity of those in attendance brought the grand total to £5,000, which will make a huge difference to the children supported by Starfish in South Africa.