Charity wine tasting raises £565 for CHAC

A charity wine tasting event held at Whitstable Castle on 6 December raised £565 for CHAC. The event was organised by CHAC trustee Peter Ash and was hosted by Henry Rymill, formerly of Tankerton Wine Room and now of ‘Wine Underground’.


Tasters tried 8 different wines from around the world, including a sparkling wine from Haywards Heath, a Chablis and a New Zealand pinot noir. The generous tasters also bought up raffle tickets, prizes for which included £150 of high street vouchers, kindly donated by Martin Blackley; a beautiful print of Whitstable beach huts from Light & Imagination, specialists in photography; a voucher from Annie’s Bistro, a new bistro in Whitstable; a back massage from Pure; cocktails from Rock Lodge; bottled cider from Biddendens; and donations from trustees of CHAC.

The evening also included a ‘mystery wine’ round where tasters were invited to ‘pay to play’ a game of blind tasting, which CHAC chair Nick Piška won by identifying the Australian Shiraz from South Australia. This was the second wine tasting hosted by Henry for the benefit of CHAC, following a great event in May 2018.

Organiser Peter Ash said:

Christmas is a busy and expensive time for most people so it was really good of everyone who turned up to support the event. We also had great support for the raffle from individuals and local businesses. Henry hosted an evening that everyone really enjoyed with some great wines and fabulous English cheeses and even more important than the fun we had was that we raised £565 for CHAC, thanks again for all those who supported the event.

CHAC would like to thank all those who attended and those who donated prizes to the raffle, and especially Henry for hosting another great night. The money raised contributes to CHAC’s work preventing homelessness.

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