What is Wine Relief?

Internationally respected Master of Wine Jancis Robinson, and her husband Nick Lander, founded Wine Relief in 1999. Since then Wine Relief has raised an outstanding £4 million+ (and counting) for Comic Relief, and this year promises to be the best yet! Some of the biggest and most well-known UK wine retailers have got behind this fantastic charity and will be donating at least 10% from the sale of selected wines.

The confirmed retailers to date are: Majestic, Laithwaites, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose, Farr Vintners, Naked Wines, Odd Bins, Selfridges and Virgin Wines. Click here for the full wine list for Wine Relief 2013 (make a note of the ones you want to buy too, we have!) It is hoped that by 2015 all the major retailers will wish to be involved. The ones that are currently involved are doing such a tremendous job with no efforts spared. Farr Vintners are donating £20 to Wine Relief for every case sold. Now if that isn’t an incentive… 

By buying one bottle of wine or a case of wine you will be helping a great cause.


The history of Comic Relief

This year in particular marks Comic Relief’s 25th anniversary; Friday 15th March 2013. Since the first ever Red Nose Day in 1988 the charity has raised over £600 million, which has been donated to truly great causes and helped those in need. Every two years people come together to do something funny for money; whether it’s at home, in the workplace or with celebrities.

We can continue to raise such funds in different ways, so whether you are undertaking a sponsored run, having your hair completely shaved off or perhaps (like us) buying wines from the Wine Relief selection, we can all do ‘our bit’. Comic Relief is ultimately about having fun and raising money for people in the UK and Africa. We can definitely raise a glass to that!

Here are Olly Smith’s top wine recommendations from the Wine Relief wines:


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