City Fine Wine At Home programme

Your guide to City Fine Wine At Home: hear from our host and partners, and find out what's in store for our fun-filled event on 18 March.

Bid at our auction
Bid at our auction

The evening ahead

Event starts at 6:30 pm

Introduction from Henrietta Baldock, Chair of City Fine Wine Event

Mathew Jukes introduces the first wine of the evening:
Riesling, 2019 Eden Valley, Tim Smith Wines

Hear about our work and why it helps from a Childline counsellor

Mathew Jukes introduces the second wine of the evening:
Mercurey, 2018 Vieilles Vignes, Domaine François Raquillet

Hear from Andy Briggs MBE, NSPCC Trustee and long-term supporter

Mathew Jukes introduces the third wine of the evening:
Chianti Classico, 2017 Castagnoli

Close from Henrietta Baldock, Chair of City Fine Wine Event

Event closes at 8 pm

Please click on the link emailed to you on 17 March to access the event. If you have not received the link, please email

Welcome from Henrietta Baldock

Thank you for joining us for City Fine Wine at Home 2021. Now in its 25th year, the event has been adapted to bring you the spirit of City Fine Wine in the comfort of your own home.

Last year the City Fine Wine Challenge raised over £200,000 for the NSPCC. This year, the NSPCC needs your help more than ever to raise funds. The NSPCC’s Childline service is receiving an overwhelming response from children and young people to whom Childline is a lifeline during these difficult times. City Fine Wine At Home 2021 hopes to raise enough money for “One Unforgettable Day”, funding Childline for 24 hours.

I’d also like to thank Lea & Sandman for your generous patronage, and for once again supplying the incredible wines for this event, which is the trio of wines that we have the privilege of sampling this evening. Your support for this event contributes enormously to its success, and for that we are very grateful. 

Thank you to the event committee for dedicating their time, energy and imagination to create such a unique event and adapting to this year’s difficult and unprecedented circumstances. Your continued commitment is much appreciated. A special thank you tonight also goes to our wonderful host, Matthew Jukes.

We hope to welcome you in 2022 to the City Fine Wine Challenge in its usual format! Thank you for helping us in our fight for every childhood.

Henrietta Baldock
City Fine Wine Challenge Committee Chair


Win amazing prizes at the City Fine Wine auction

Thank you to the whole of the City Fine Wine Committee

  • Henrietta Baldock            
  • Duncan Barber
  • Davide Ferrara
  • Michael Lamb
  • Charles Lea
  • William Nourse
  • Steve Shore


A word from Lea & Sandeman 

All of us at Lea & Sandeman are happy to provide the wine for the NSPCC City Fine Wine at Home. We thank all who have attended in the past, and who are here this year, for their generosity which makes our contribution so worthwhile. We look forward to seeing you next year!

For us like everyone else, 2020 has been challenging. In 2019 40% of our sales were to restaurants. Thankfully, we found ourselves in a position to cater for increased demand through our shops and online, and our restaurant team are now looking forward to the re-opening later this year, even if for many this cannot come fast enough.

More than ever, your support for L&S over the last year is greatly appreciated. Whether you are popping into your local shop to pick up a bottle, sending a gift (at any time of the year), buying a mixed case or two to give you some varied weekday drinking, or a single special bottle of something fine and rare, or cases of fine Claret, Burgundy, Rhone or Italian wines to give generous dinner parties to your friends, or buying en primeur to lay down a cellar, we very much look forward to seeing you or hearing from you over the course of the year.

Lea & Sandeman


Our host Matthew Jukes

Matthew has worked in the wine business for well over three decades.  He is an expert on Australian wine and in 2012 he was made Honorary Australian of the Year by the Australia Day Foundation. He joins an eminent list of Honorary Australians, including Lord Carrington, Baroness Greenfield and Sir David Attenborough.

Matthew has written a weekly article for MoneyWeek since 2006 and a weekly column for the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine for twenty years. With over 9 million readers a week, Matthew has the most keenly followed wine column in the UK. He has been writing about wine for two decades and has penned fourteen wine books. He now concentrates on four annual Reports, covering Bordeaux, Burgundy, Piemonte & Australia, which are published on his website.  Matthew is the founder and CEO of Jukes Cordialities, a series of non-alcoholic, adult, sophisticated drinks for those palates who want to maintain their high standards of taste even when they are not drinking fine wine.


One day makes a big diference



This year, we need your help more than ever to raise funds. Our Childline service is receiving an overwhelming response from children and young people to whom Childline is a lifeline during these difficult times. City Fine Wine At Home 2021 hopes to raise enough money for one unforgettable day, funding Childline for 24 hours.

This event is part of a  campaign we're running in partnership with the Financial Times, aiming to fund 100 unforgettable days for Childline.

  • A little ‘hello’ every 25 seconds. It takes a lot of courage to contact Childline, but every 25 seconds a child takes that vital first step.

  • 800 life-changing chats. Our trained counsellors are here to listen and help children find a way through their problems, they carry out an average of 800 sessions each day.

  • Always here. A child could be desperate to speak to someone after school, or in the middle of the night. So we make sure we’re here to answer- 24 hours a day.

  • Easier online? That’s fine. Sometimes it can be hard to find the words. So we hold 538 of our counselling sessions through our interactive chat feature each day, and we can be reached by email too.

  • 61 children brought back from the brink. On average, our counsellors speak to 61 children experiencing suicidal thoughts and feelings each day.

  • Thank you for helping us to fund Childline for one unforgettable day.

We're working hard to be here for every child, but we need your help.

Acknowledgments and thanks

We'd like to thank the following individuals and companies for making tonight possible:

  • Henrietta Baldock for her dedicated support of the NSPCC and being a fantastic committee chair
  • Charles Lea for his continued expertise, support and generosity, without which tonight would not be possible
  • Duncan Barber, Davide Ferrara, Michael Lamb, Steve Shore, William Nourse for their dedication and support in organising tonight’s event
  • Andy Briggs for his passion and ongoing commitment to this event
  • Lea & Sandeman for their ongoing and integral support of this evening, for supplying the wines, delivering them to your doorsteps and their staff for giving up their time to help us this evening
  • Matthew Jukes for being a brilliant and charismatic host
  • TapSimple for ensuring the smooth running of our virtual event this evening
  • to Lindt for providing the delicious chocolate included in guests’ wine boxes 
  • Simon Edwardes at Activate Events for their continued support with this event
  • to those who couldn’t attend this evening’s event, but who made a generous donation to the NSPCC and Childline
  • to our Childline counsellor for sharing their experience
  • to everyone that has kindly donated a prize to tonight’s fundraising activity and helping us to raise much needed funds for Childline.

Thank you to our corporate supporters 

Thank you to all our corporate supporters who helped make tonight possible: Linklaters, Debevoise and Plimpton LLP, Barclays, Fenchurch Advisory, FNZ, Heidrick and Struggles, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Rothesay, Milliman & Lintstock.