I Was There!

It is not often you can say ‘I was there’ when talking about English sport – Rugby World Cup 2003, Sir Nick Faldo’s Major wins, Mo Farah’s Olympic Gold Medals……  there are more but not many . We think of Botham’s 1981 Ashes heroics, or the final day at Kia Oval when the Ashes were won some eight years ago, and you can now add the moment when Alistair Cook scored his final century on his final day in Test cricket having opened his account the same way all those years ago.

I arrived at the Kia Oval midday on the Monday with perfect timing to see the great event, and the boardroom was resplendent with cricketing and sporting heroes. Also sitting comfortably on the lunch table were Schalk Burger’s Hat Trick and Cricket Pitch wines, beautiful red blends with a hint of history and plenty of class. Somehow it seemed appropriate that two of Sporting Wine Club’s best were being enjoyed in the Kia Oval Boardroom by The Surrey Committee and their guests at the same time as all Cook’s on-field heroics, a proud moment.  

Graham Gooch, a noble precedent to Alistair Cook both at county and National level, had regaled Sporting Wine Club members with his three wines the Shiraz, Viognier and Rosé only the week before. He  delivered some special insights to Cook’s retirement and his character as a human being and as one of our best ever cricketers.  One legend doffing his cap to another.

Let us not forget Jimmy Anderson’s superlative performance as a result of which we raised another glass to one of our sporting heroes who also supplies our wine club.

Meantime in the commentary box our third winemaking couple,’Beefy’ Botham and Bob Willis were acknowledging the greatness of the day.

To celebrate this incredible performance please do make use of our SWC gift boxes which can be one, two or three bottles – in this case any cricketing mix will attract a 15% discount. As will any cricket wine orders which are two cases or more. I am sure we are all in celebratory and giving mood!  Please contact Alex@sportingwineclub.com to place your orders.

The Rugby season has started but it will certainly struggle to match the drama of this Test series and the cricketing summer as a whole!!


SWC and Chinese Cricket Club Restaurant Partnership

We are delighted to announce our partnership with Chinese Cricket Club Restaurant

Chinese Cricket Club Restaurant was founded in London in 2009  and is named in honour of the original Chinese National Cricket team, who played their first international match in that year.  It has since become one of the The City of London’s most distinguished Chinese restaurants, with Head Chef Ken Wang’s dedication to Chinese cuisine the restaurant has achieved it’s first AA Rosette.

The restaurant is stocking our cricketing portfolio, which complements their classic Chinese dishes, contemporised with neo-oriental flair, and their delicious dim-sum perfectly.  We highly advise booking a table soon!  Chinese Cricket Club Restaurant can be found within Crowne Plaza London – The City, 19 New Bridge Street, London EC4V 6DB.

The SWC wines on sale are:

Welbedacht Cricket Pitch
Welbedacht Hat Trick
BMW Shiraz
BMW Chardonnay
Sumaridge Wayfarer
Sumaridge Chardonnay
Schalk Burger & Sons No. 6

Jacques Kallis and Simon Turner of Sumaridge at a recent CCC lunch



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.