The Drinks Interval: Cricket and fine wine with David Gower OBE

Vins Extraordinaires is delighted to be working with David Gower OBE, one of England’s greatest cricketers and a renowned enthusiast of fine wine.

Join David and enjoy some of the best fine wines you've ever had while listening to him talk about his life and career. 

“I’m delighted to be hosting Vins Extraordinaires’s fine wine and cricket evenings. Years of experience watching the champagne corks fly at Lord’s and the many friendships I have built up with wine makers and consumers alike have proved that cricket and wine mix exceedingly well, so I hope that guests will indeed enjoy the combination of some fine and well-honed cricket stories alongside some fine and beautifully aged wines.”

David Gower OBE

The format is...

David will entertain guests with stories from his outstanding cricket career,  as well as talking about his passion for fine wine

We will try five spectacular fine wines with David, including a “blind tasting” of something very special – can you guess what it is?

The event lasts approximately three hours

What’s included?

Our visitors get a great fine wine experience:

  • A famous expert host and speaker – David Gower is one of England’s greatest cricketers and captained England to an Ashes win in 1985
  • Moderated and co-hosted by Stuart George – former Young Wine Writer of the Year, Wine & Spirit Education Trust Diploma holder, and “wine detective” of fine wine fakes and forgeries 
  • Access to outstanding venues 
  • Plenty of fine wine, served in beautiful Zalto glassware 
  • Delicious cheeses from our friends at Cows and Co

We can offer this fantastic experience at three venues, depending on the number of guests.

BROOK STREET

  • Eight seated guests or up to 40 for a standing reception at our intimate private Mayfair venue 

116 PALL MALL (IOD)

  • For larger parties of up to 120 guests

LORD’S CRICKET GROUND

  • For larger parties of up to 200 guests
  • The ultimate fine wine and cricket experience in the historic Lord's Pavilion
  • The world’s most prestigious cricket club

Dinner packages are available at Lord’s – please enquire.

All packages are subject to availability.

These dates are not available:

  • Wednesday August 1st 2018 – Sunday August 5th 2018 inclusive
  • Thursday August 9th 2018 – Monday August 13th 2018 inclusive
  • Saturday August 18th 2018 – Wednesday August 22nd 2018 inclusive
  • Thursday August 30th 2018 – Monday September 3rd 2018 inclusive
  • Friday September 7th 2018 – Tuesday September 11th 2018 inclusive

Please contact us for prices and availability.

Who's David Gower?

David Gower is one of England’s greatest cricketers.

Matthew Engel described how “Gower always seemed to play the same – beautifully, until the moment he made a mistake. Sometimes, the mistake was put off long enough for him to play an innings of unforgettable brilliance. A left-hander with a strong top hand, Gower's strokes had a liquid, graceful feel: in an era of biffers, he was a caresser.”

David played 117 Test matches and scored 8,231 runs. He has an impressive record in First-Class cricket, accumulating 26,339 runs at an average of 40.08, with 53 centuries. He once held the record of 119 consecutive innings without registering a duck in Test cricket.

A highlight of his career was when he captained England to victory against Australia during the 1985 Ashes.

In July 2009, he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

Following his retirement from cricket in 1993, David became a successful broadcaster. He is a cricket commentator with Sky Sports and he was one of the team captains on the popular BBC comedy sports quiz They Think It's All Over from 1995 to 2003.

David is a Patron of the David Shepherd Foundation, World Land Trust, Save the Rhino (WA), and Tusk. He is a Vice-President of the Nature in Art Trust.