Twelve tantalising items in this category – and many more in Treats money can’t buy and Not on the high street
Lot B1: Luxury Christmas hamper
Packed with lots of glorious goodies and treats to make your festivities truly memorable – from the very best place to shop locally, our very own Graffham Village Shop.
Winning bid and bidder: £75, Brian Lanaghan
Lot B2: £50 voucher for Foresters
The Foresters Arms has been at the centre of Graffham life for 150 years or more and continues today to offer the warmest of welcomes, delicious food and a brilliant selection of drinks, for supping inside cozily by the log fires or in its spacious garden.
The team there is generously offering a voucher for £50 for the winning bidder to spend in the pub on food with drinks as they wish – more than enough for a main course for two with a bottle of wine, or to treat yourselves to one of its tapas, steak or other special nights.
Value: A Foresters’ fortune.
Winning bid and bidder: £60, Matthew Syed
Lot B3: Sunday lunch at Three Moles
Sunday lunch for two, complete with a bottle of wine, at the multi-award-winning Three Moles, which celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2022.
Here’s how one satisfied customers rated their Three Moles Sunday lunch on TripAdvisor recently: “Best roast dinner I’ve had. Proper cooked food. Great service.”
Value: A massive molehill.
Winning bid and bidder: £70, Matthew Syed
Lot B5: A bake a week for a month
A fresh bake – cake, cookies, muffins, loaf, you name it – every week for a month, cooked by Graffham star baker Angie Thornley.
Value: Raised £42 last time this lot was offered!
Winning bid and bidder: £42, Ardra
Lot B6: Six bottles of St Emilion
A half-dozen case of this highly-rated, delicious, 2018 vintage Montagne-St-Emilion, from the cellar of John and Karin Head.
Chateau Tour Bayard is a meticulously managed property that has be owned by the same family since 1956. Hand picking and sorting of the grapes is the norm and their intention is to always make the best quality wine that speaks of its fine terroir. Connoisseurs describe it as “a smooth and powerful wine with big flavours of blackcurrant, liquorice and sweet spices, ready for drinking beautifully now but could equally be aged for another five years”.
Winning bid and bidder: £70, Bill Barrett
Lot B7: A case of Malbec red wine
Six bottles of the multi-award-winning Luis Felipe Edwards Bin Series Malbec, from Chile’s Central Valley – selected for the auction by John Sutton.
This hearty red wine has rich flavours of damsons and plums with a hint of black pepper and chocolate.
Ideal with roast or grilled meats, especially pork and beef, and grilled fish steaks – or just for savouring on its own.
Winning bid and bidder: £60, Ann Brown
Lot B8: 25-year-old vintage port
A gorgeous bottle of Smith Woodhouse’s 1997 vintage port – so a quarter of a century old if you can resist the temptation to decant it before the year is out.
Master of Wine Michael Broadbent, writing in Vintage Wine, describes it as “top-class, interesting nose, touch of tar and liquorice, whiff of honeycomb; lean yet fleshy, very good flavour and finish”.
Cheers to the generous donor who prefers to remain anonymous.
Value: £60 – if you are lucky enough to track down a bottle.
Winning bid and bidder: £45, Rachel Jenner
Lot B9: 2005 Chateau Ferriere claret
The first of three classic, mature clarets offered in this year’s auction from the cellar of Adrian Lloyd – a bottle of 2005 Margaux from Chateau Ferriere.
Now in its optimum drinking window, according to vintagewineandport.co.uk, it comes from the smallest property of all the Cru Classes, described as a “little-known estate (that) has become one of the best kept secrets in the Medoc”
Winning bid and bidder: £25, Anon
Lot B10: Chateau Haut-Bages Liberal
The second of three classic, mature clarets offered in this year’s auction from the cellar of Adrian Lloyd – another 2005 vintage, but this time a Pauillac from Chateau Haut-Bages Liberale.
Robert Parker, of Wine Advocate, wrote of it: “This deep ruby/purple-coloured 2005 is a classic Pauillac. A big, sweet kiss of road tar aromas interwoven with cedarwood, smoke, spice box, herbs, and black currants emerges from the glass of this unexpectedly precocious, up-front Pauillac. Fleshy, with medium to full body as well as good acidity and structure.”
Winning bid and bidder: £50, Brian Lanaghan
Lot B11: Chateau Pontet-Canet 2006
Completing the trio of classic, mature clarets offered in this year’s auction from the cellar of Adrian Lloyd is this bottle of 2006 Pauillac from Chateau Pontet-Canet.
Berry Brothers and Rudd, wine merchants to The Queen and Prince of Wales, describes it as “an utterly complete wine, and a must-buy… one of the great wines of 2006 (with) a spicy, brambly fruit nose followed by a tight-knit palate packed full of blackcurrant and raspberry fruit with cedar and coffee hints. Its focus, purity and minerality acts as a perfect counterpoint to its harmonious richness.”
Winning bid and bidder: £60, Ollie Cudmore
Lot B12: Bottle of Martell brandy
With a heritage of savoir-faire spanning 300 years, Martell is alone among the great cognac houses to distil exclusively clear wines – and we have a lovely bottle of its “VS” quality spirit up for grabs, thanks to Ann Rowney.
The double distillation of exclusively clear wines lends Martell VS its smooth, elegant character and aromatic richness, which, according to people who know about this kind of thing, results in the generous, authentic fruit aromas of Martell VS.
Enjoy it on its own, or in cocktails. But its too good for lighting your Christmas pud!
Winning bid and bidder: £32, John Sutton