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10th Jul 2017
Jeremy Goss of the NNAB and wine expert Andy Newman toast the success of the charity wine tasting

A charity wine tasting hosted by an EDP and Evening News food and drink columnist raised over £1,300 for Norfolk’s sight loss charity – and saw 60 people poke their noses into aroma prompts including gooseberries, tinned peas, pencil shavings and even petrol.

Andy Newman presented ‘The Great Grape Challenge’ hosted by St Andrew’s House in Norwich, which saw teams challenged to identify wines made from ten different grapes, using a series of 55 ‘taste prompts’ – boxes containing a whole range of things to help identify exactly what the wine should smell of.

A total of £1,363 was raised for the Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind at the event, which saw a team of Norwich wine buffs calling themselves ‘The Monday Club’ take first prize, correctly identifying eight of the ten wines.

“The Great Grape Challenge was a fantastic evening, really educational and informative, as well as being tremendously enjoyable,” said NNAB head of fundraising Jeremy Goss.  “As well as being great fun, it demonstrated just how much we can tell about the world around us using senses other than our sight.

“The evening also raised lots of money which will go straight to funding the important work the NNAB does to helping people with sight loss in Norfolk enjoy active, independent and fulfilled lives.”

More details about the work that the NNAB does, as well as forthcoming fundraising events, can be found at www.nnab.org.uk