Auction to fund Starlight Fun Centres


At our Rosé Tasting next week (a few tickets are still available – click here for all the details) there will be a silent auction with some truly fantastic lots including two spectacular trips to France, a dinner in Manicomio’s private room, a tutored tasting of Laurent Perrier champagnes and some wonderful wines.

We are incredibly grateful to all the producers involved for donating such fantastic auction lots. Even if you can’t make it along to the tasting but would like to bid for any of the auction lots, we would be happy to bid on your behalf.

All the proceeds of the auction will be used to buy, we hope, at least two Starlight Fun Centres.


During 2010 Starlight will roll-out a new generation in distraction therapy with the new Starlight Fun Centre. The new Starlight Fun Centre has a completely redesigned body that incorporates the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Fit Board, four Nintendo DSi consoles, a Blu-ray/DVD player, internet and TV access and a 32-inch flat screen HD TV.

Starlight plans to place a new Starlight Fun Centre on every children’s ward and in every children’s hospice in the UK and it is estimated that each one will create non-stop entertainment and distraction for at least 5,000 children during its lifetime.

Here is the full list of auction lots and starting bids. Call us on 020 7793 7900 to let us know if you wuld like to bid on your behalf.

Lot 1: 3 magnums of L’Oppidum Ch St Baillon 2001
Made from 90 % Syrah and 10% Grenache from old vines, this 2001 L’Oppidum has good concentration with firm but fine tannins. Black fruit aromas with a touch of violets and a wonderful finish that persists in the mouth.

Starting Bid: £100


Lot 2: A magnum of Clos Mireille Côtes de Provence Rosé Domaines Ott 2009
50% Grenache, 40% Cinsault, 10% Syrah. This pale, salmon pink wine has a nose laden with strawberries and melons. Notes of summer fruits – peaches and apricots – follow through to a rounded, generous palate. Fragrant with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel this has plenty of substance.

Starting Bid: £50

Lot 3: A weekend at Ch d’Esclans
The successful bidder and a guest are invited to Château d’Esclans for two nights during the 2010 Harvest in September. The visitors will experience this idyllic setting in the heart of Provence, will go on vineyard tours and have wine makers lunches & dinners. Amenities at the château include a swimming pool and tennis court.

Johnny Goedhuis has just returned from a visit to Château d’Esclans and has reported that it is a truly magical and beautiful vineyard.

Starting bid: £1,500

Lot 4: 2 magnums of Sancerre Blanc Domaine Reverdy 2009
Pure and delicious with notes of ripe white peach, apricot and green apple. The palate is crisp and fresh with floral undertones, delicate yet mouth filling. A delightful archetypal Sancerre.

Starting Bid: £50

Lot 5: Dinner for 10 in the Conservatory at Manicomio with wines provided by Goedhuis & Co
Described by Matthew Norman as “a prince among restaurants” Manicomio has quickly become a firmly established Chelsea favourite. Their contemporary Italian cuisine is created with ingredients and produce specifically sourced and imported from Italy. For private dining they have a secluded glass conservatory in its own walled garden.
The wines for the dinner will be provided by Goedhuis & Co. Available from 1st September 2010 – 30th April 2011.

Starting bid: £500


Lot 6: A jeroboam, a magnum and six bottles of Champagne de Bruyne Blanc NV
We looked high and low for another house Champagne before we tasted this. A delicious multi-vintage wine, it displays notes of lemon zest, white peach and flowers. On the palate, it is creamy and mineral and wonderfully balanced.

Starting Bid: £200

Lot 7: A night in Paris and a day with Billecart Salmon in Champagne
Arrive in Paris in time for lunch at a 3 star Michelin restaurant. You are then left to your own devices for the evening. The following day will be spent in Champagne with Billecart Salmon, including a superb lunch, before returning to London by Eurostar. All travel arrangements and accommodation to be arranged by Billecart Salmon.

Starting Bid: £1,500

Lot 8: A private tutored tasting of five Laurent Perrier Champagnes
This wonderful tasting for up to 8 people can be held either at home or in your office. The tasting will be presented by Charles Ridler of Laurent Perrier Champagne and will include:

Laurent- Perrier Ultra Brut, Laurent-Perrier Brut NV, Laurent-Perrier Vintage 2000, Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle la Cuvee and Laurent-Perrier Rose

Starting Bid: £300