Last Friday night I got roped into auctioneering duties at a Penfold’s wine tasting night at the Intercontinental. Sponsored by ABAC,ANZ and Infinity Insurance and with proceeds going to the Sunrise Orphanage I was a little nervous as I had never auctioneered before but I volunteered because I thought ” how hard can it be ??”. With 50 people in attendance and with tickets costing $80 for the super premium tasting session ( including an opportunity to swill the 2001 Grange Hermitage) our target was $1300. This would send one kid to a quality English school for a year. After a lovely dance performance by the kids from the orphanage, I milked $3500 out of the crowd and apart from the fact I had a ball and was in my element, I think the owner of the orphanage was overjoyed at the result.
As some guests did not turn up, I was invited to join in the tasting and I got to taste alot of wonderful wine. ..inlcuding the $400 per bottle Grange ! I had a great night and am now available for auctioneering duties should anyone need me.