To say there may be a few sore heads in the world of property today might be an understatement – but boy, they sure are worth it! We celebrated our 20th Anniversary of Independence in style at the beautiful Searcys Knightsbridge, with around 60 friends & colleagues last night. The evening began with champagne, canapes & chats in full flow, with the addition of a fun competition whereby guests had to decide which of our Directors may or may have not sold a property to Will.I.AM or signed the Official Secrets Act and so on. It turned out that Chris Gotla knew us the best and was the lucky winner of 6 bottles of top notch red.
After a brief welcome by our very own Tony How, we were ready to tantalise our taste buds, so Tom Gilby – the highly skilled connoisseur from The Vintner, took the reins and led us into the fascinating world of wine with his sharp wit & superb knowledge. We had six tables of guests, all lead by a Davis Brown director – The Rose Rebels was led by David Green, Champagne Charlies was Tony How’s (arguably the biggest cheat of the night!) team, Emma How (aptly) headed up the Sozzled Sauvignons, Tony Guerguis and his school of Chardonnay Sharks, David Moon and his Beaujolais Boozers and last but not least Susan Battson was the matriarch of the Merlot Mavericks, and so the competition to identify the grape, vintage, country of production & price of each wine began. Rose Rebels displayed a pretty consistent knowledge most of the way through, leaving the rest way behind them, but were cruelly pipped at the post at the last minute by the Sozzled Sauvignons when they identified the mystery magnum. Fluke? We’ll never know. I must say, David Moon (who is partial to imparting his knowledge of the grown-up grape juice) disappointed, by pricing a magnum of pretty special wine at only £50 (actual price £100.). Must try harder.
And that was far from the end of the evening, there were plenty more bottles of Chateauneuf du Pape, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and a whole host of other fabulous wines quaffed, suffice to say it was a thoroughly enjoyable night. I won’t tell you who were the last to leave, but I will say that the more mature of our guests win in the stamina stakes!
A huge thank you to all who attended and helped to make it such a memorable evening. Special mention to Susan Battson and Emma How.