Beefy toasts fine wine & cricket

England legend Sir Ian Botham hosts a special evening at Hotel du Vin

Sir Ian Botham took time out from the Ashes test match at Edgbaston Stadium to host an evening of fine wine, food and cricketing tales at Hotel du Vin. Among the bottles consumed by guests were those bearing labels carrying Sir Ian’s own name, together with that of fellow England cricketing great Bob Willis and Australian wine producer Geoff Merrill. A mutual passion for their respective professions, cricket and wine, drew them together during the English tour of Australia in 1978. They have since collaborated to produce a range of Botham Merrill Willis wines.


  1. Matt Kinnes, Sir Ian Botham
  2. Conrad Bruton and guests
  3. Terry Dickson, Richard Smith
  4. Colin Rodreguez, Yasmin Patel, Chris Cook
  5. Bill Dixon, Ian Cross, Jonny Gray
  6. Yasmin Patel, Jitesh Patel, Ian Fairclough, Ewan Maclean
  7. Matt Rose, Gary Newbon
  8. Angie Hopson, Isabel Haden, Debbie Cosnett