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Wines of Rioja partners with Global Gift Foundation charity

Published:  03 December, 2015

Wines from Rioja has sponsored the Sixth Annual Global Gift Gala, which took place at the Four Seasons, Park Lane in London on Monday evening.

The event is one of a series around the world in support of the Global Gift Foundation, which raises money to provide shelter, food, clothing, education and medical care to vulnerable groups around the world, and in particular, women and children.

Wines from Rioja was the exclusive wine supplier to the gala, which was attended by over 200 people.

Guests were served a selection of top-scoring wines from the recent Rioja 10 x 10 Trade Tasting.

Wines from Rioja also contributed a rare collection of six bottles of Rioja from notable vintages - including 1951, 1964 and 1970 - to the live auction.

The case was won by Arsenal shareholder Farhad Moshiri with a bid of £50,000.

Other items being auctioned included drawings by Picasso and Dali.

A total of £330,000 was raised for the foundation.

Eva Longoria, honorary chair of the awards ceremony, was joined for the evening by Victoria Beckham.

Beckham awarded The Global Gift Humanitarian award to Katie Piper.

Piper established The Katie Piper Foundation in 2009 to help people with burns and scars to reconnect with their lives and their communities.

The former model was the victim of an acid attack from a former partner in 2008.

Entertainment for the evening was provided by Ronan Keating and Anastacia.

Charities set to benefit from the gala this year include The Eva Longoria Foundation, which focuses on women's education and entrepreneurship, and The Diana Award, established in honour of Diana, Princess of Wales.