PLAYING TO WIN IN THE WINE TASTING LEAGUE

SOME of the City’s young bucks like to sweat it out after work with a game of five-a-side football at the Old Street pitches. But those with more refined tastes might prefer a new “wine league” coming to the Square Mile, giving them a chance to channel some of that professional competitive spirit.

The mastermind is Mike Reynolds – an actor turned-restaurant reviewer-turned wine specialist, who heads up a corporate wine tasting firm called Taste of the Grapes.

He told The Capitalist: “We got this idea where you see corporates going for their five-aside football team in the evening. We thought what about rather than having to get changed and showered, they had a wine tasting league instead.”

We doubt the nuisance of showering will convince City folk to ditch their sporting endeavours, but an evening guzzling wine and competing against rival firms in aid of charity certainly might.

The gist of the tournament, which costs £4,000 to enter, is that twenty teams of five made up of City law firms, stockbrokers and accountants will get together once a fortnight at Chigwell St dining rooms for a champagne reception, followed by the wine tasting competition and lastly – a three course meal – much needed by then for those not spitting out the wine. That sounds like our kind of fun. For more information look at www.topgrape.tv