SWC & Saracens At London Stadium

We are delighted to be supplying Schalk Burger & Sons wines for the Arnold Hills – Heroes Saracens v Harlequins match at London Stadium on 23 March.  You can view the full menu here: The Arnold Hills – Tulip Club A4 landscape folded – Saracens.

Guests will be enjoying the following wines, please click on the links to view more and to buy!

Meerkat Sauvignon Blanc





Schalk Burger & Sons Meerkat Sauvignon Blanc

Meerkat Pinotage Rose





Schalk Burger & Sons Meerkat Pinotage Rose





Schalk Burger & Sons Welbedacht Hat Trick

Welbedacht Bohenian Syrah




Schalk Burger & Sons Welbedacht Bohemian Syrah

St James Place Wealth Management & SWC

Once again the Chinese Cricket Club Restaurant was the venue for our second winetasting with FTSE 100 giant St James Place.

Our relationship with SJP  came about through a charity auction and it has developed from there.  Supported by Andy Topping and Shaun Sandiford there was a cricketing and golfing feel to the evening.

Graham Gooch’s excellent trio (named 333!) of Viognier, Rosé and Syrah made their first appearance. Also the high quality Pouilly Fuissé from Vergisson and the vineyard part owned by Bob Reeves, former President of the RFU.  There is limited supply of this so do not delay as we are selling out fast!

It was a real privilege to have this on the night and it sparked off a battle Royale between this and the very excellent Chardonnay from the Sumaridge Estate by owner Simon Turner, who was himself in attendance offering up his considerable exercise for a number of his wines which were present on the night.

As the Open was almost upon us, some Faldo Sauvignon proved to be in great demand before the weekend.  It’s one of his best.

Beefy Botham and Bob Willis had their BMW  hat trick of wine on display and Jimmy Anderson completed the cricket set with his excellent ’81 red’.

St James Place guests seemed to enjoy themselves and we know that this will  be the start of a special relationship between the two organisations.

Cheers all and thanks again to the CCC.

A Magical Italian Evening

Sometimes you have a magical evening which you know will live in the memory.

Sporting Wine Club enjoyed exactly one of these down in Wimbledon very recently at the home of Table Vallebona, who specialise in Artisan Italian Food. What a treat for some SWC guests who sampled some of the best and most authentic culinary delicacies that Italy has to offer courtesy of our hosts.

Also in attendance was Francesco Cosulich who told us all about the beautiful Collalbrigo wines which, of course, are made on his Estate and supplied by him to SWC.The historic Prosecco and original Bellini provided a great platform and then the recently bottled Cabernet Sauvignon was feted by all who were there, along with my secret favourite the Pinot Grigio. The label featuring the Theatre of Venice told its own wonderful story.  Thanks to Francesco for adding a beautiful narrative to the evening for his wines and for his support of Sporting Wine Club.

As the British Open golf is around the corner, we also managed to show some of Sir Nick Faldo’s Valpolicella Ripasso and his amazing Barolo which added to the evening’s appeal. More about Sir Nick’s wonderful wines very soon.We were truly privileged to savour this little corner of Italy in South West London and highly recommend a visit there as well as to their website store.  Stefano will welcome you warmly, either personally or online, and their priceless ability to put on special, intimate evenings was clear to all of us.

We look forward to our next event with Table Vallebona which is not too far away. Watch this space.Ciao!

SWC & Guildford Cricket Club Event

We had a fantastic evening last week with members of Guildford Cricket Club at the opening of their new pavilion, tasting our cricketing wines & meeting some great guests.

Such a shame the weather wasn’t better for that last pic, a great excuse to come back though to take another!


SWC & CSM – Corporate Christmas Wine Tasting

SWC had the great privilege to host a pre Christmas Wine Tasting evening at CSM, one of the top global Sports and Entertainment Agencies.
Holly Millward, a CSM executive, had won the occasion at an RPA rugby charity auction event for which we were all grateful.
We intertwined a blind tasting of some top rugby wines with CSM’s People Awards 2017 which was very entertaining, topped off with a fond farewell message to Holly who is taking on a senior role in Asia soon.
We sent everyone home with a bottle of the unique, original Bellini which was mixed by Guiseppe Cipriani himself at Harry’s Bar in Venice and supplied to SWC by Francesco Cosulich, ex Treviso rugby player, who owns the Collalbrigo Estate.
Other much enjoyed rugby wines were Schalk Burger’s Chenin Blanc, Jacky Lorenzetti’s Moulin D’Issan and Sumaridge Estates Sparkling Wayfarer and Pinot Noir.
We hope to work again with CSM during 2018 for more sporting wine occasions.
If you would like to discuss a corporate wine tasting event please contact michelle@sportingwineclub.com.

Mike Brown & Jaguar Land Rover Event

Sporting Wine Club came to Thames Ditton recently to conduct a wine tasting with our friends from Jaguar Land Rover.

Other than seeing their new Jaguar release – top quality just like our wines! – we were privileged to spend the evening with Harlequins and England Fullback, Mike Brown.

We enjoyed a fascinating insight into what makes England tick, and how under Eddie Jones the squad has emerged as Rugby World Cup contenders. With a few stories from the past from our very own Hallers, it was a lovely evening with our 4 rugby winemakers in evidence – from Italy, South Africa (x2) and France.

Francesco Cosulich, Jacky Lorenzetti, Schalk Burger and Simon and Holly Turner would have loved Mike to sample their vintages but he is in full training and was able only to admire from a distance and appreciate the bouquet. Next time!
Many thanks to David Edwards and Richard Varney from JLR who organised the evening.

SWC & The World’s Finest Rugby Trophies

SWC had the great privilege to be invited to Thomas Lyte’s World’s Finest Rugby Trophies display at Killik and Co’s offices in London.

The (original!) William Webb Ellis Cup and European Rugby Trophies were in evidence among invitees from many top sporting organisations.

All four of our rugby winemakers had wines on show and two of the Meerkat wines, the Pinotage and Sauvignon Blanc, form part of a charity sales initiative to benefit Doddie Weirs Foundation to establish the causes of Motor Neurone disease.

Sumaridge Estates, Chateau Pédésclaux, Welbedacht and Collalbrigo wines were all tasted and admired. We really are lucky to have such quality vintages from the world of Rugby.

We hope to work closely with Thomas Lyte over the coming years.


SWC and M Restaurants have teamed up for an amazing Autumn Internationals package at M Restaurant’s latest venue – M TWICKENHAM

The ‘Match Days with Shawsey ’ package is just £295pp plus VAT & service charge and includes:

  • Guest host Simon Shaw MBE + special guests
  • 10:30am – champagne & drinks reception
  • 11:30am – 3 course lunch
  • Pre-match insight with Simon Shaw MBE and a panel of guests
  • Post-match party and welcome back drinks
  • The event will continue into the evening with The Ultimate Wagyu Pie!

Full details can be found here: http://mrestaurants.co.uk/twickenham/match-days/

For each booking which mentions Sporting Wine Club M Restaurant will donate £29.50pp to Sporting Charities.  Any SWC members who also become M DEN Members (offered at a special SWC 50% discount) will also enjoy an additional 15% discount off this package.

Please note that numbers are restricted to ensure that the post match experience is as epic as lunch.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Meet The Winemaker Event – Emmanuelle Cruse

The Sporting Wine Club was truly privileged to greet Emmanuel Cruse, the Chief Winemaker for Jacky Lorenzetti’s very special Bordeaux Vintages.  The club evening was held at M Victoria who hosted us in their very own mezzanine winetasting room.

Apart from being the owner of Racing 92, who won the French Championship in 2016, Jacky Lorenzetti owns the Chateau’s Lilian Ladouys, Pédésclaux and D’Issan. These are three of the highest quality vineyards in the Haut-Médoc and it is said that wines from Chateau D’Issan were served to Henry of England and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine in the 14th Century.

 Emmanuel took us skillfully through the Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot predominant blends, various vintages of each, and the highest quality truly shone through.  The “Indian Summer” of 2014 gave the perfect conditions to create some truly outstanding wines, although the older vintages were remarkable and we all learnt the true reason for decanting wines a few hours ahead of drinking.

Sporting Wine Club look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with these top wineries of Bordeaux where Emmanuel and Jacky create such wonderful vintages.  Please do consider the opportunity to go and visit the area where, I can guarantee, you will be made very welcome.  Please contact us for more detail.

We were also lucky to have the great Serge Betsen, rugby legend and recently awarded the Légion D’Honneur for services to Rugby and Charity, join us for the evening and there was a lively discussion around recent, and future, rugby matters.

We are already looking forward to our next event!

SWC & Oxford University Rio Olympians Event

On Thursday 15 June Oxford University celebrated their Olympic talent and invited SWC to provide the wines for the evening.

The first part of the evening was a reception for 160 people, including 7 of their Rio Olympians and 16 former Olympians including Sir Roger Bannister and David Hemery, in the Blackwell Hall of the Weston Library.  In all, 283 Oxford graduates have taken part in the Olympics over the years, winning 167 medals – 84 of which were gold.

A sporting panel discussion was chaired by Dr David Hemery, an alumnus of St Catherine’s College and a past Olympic and Commonwealth champion in the 400 metre hurdles.  The panel featured Grace Clough, a current Master’s student in Sociology at Kellogg College and a 2016 Paralympic gold medallist in rowing; and Dan Fox, who studied a BA and PGCE at St Edmund Hall and represented Team GB in hockey in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.

Other panelists included Peter Reed, who studied Engineering Science at Oriel College and won Olympic gold medals in the rowing four and eight; and Sophia Saller, a current student in Mathematics who was world under-23 triathlon champion in 2014.

The second part was a dinner for 60 people in the Divinity School, hosted by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson.

The event was also attended by other Olympians, past and present, including Barbara Slater, Allan Jay, Zoe de Toledo, Paul Bennett, Olivier Siegelaar, Dr Zoe Lee, Michael Ralph, Pauline Janson, Annabel Eyres, Dr Nick Howarth, Justin Frishberg, Colin Smith, Dr Paul Mattick, Jonny Searle, Richard Fishlock, John Chester, Graham Cooper and Alexander Lindsay.