Wine Tasting in the Dark

11 October 2018 | 18:30 | Dans Le Noir?, London, EC1R 0DU

We are delighted to invite you to the launch of our new event, Wine Tasting in The Dark on 11 October 2018.

Hosted exclusively by specialist London restaurant, Dans Le Noir? and their sommelier Fabio Sutera, we hope that the evening will be exciting and informative in this unique immersive environment.

You will have the opportunity to meet Fight for Sight’s Paralympic #champions, Lora and Neil Fachie. Both are multiple gold medallists and fresh from their success at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

We are also thrilled to be joined by Fight for Sight researcher Dr Alice Davidson, Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Ophthalmology as well as Fight for Sight Chief Executive, Michèle Acton.

The evening will start with a canapé reception where we will be joined by our celebrity Paralympian guests, prior to a flight tasting of specialist new and old world wines.

There will also be an exclusive auction held on the night featuring bespoke experiences and items from high end brands such as Taylor Morris. All funds raised will support ongoing research into the prevention and treatment of blindness and eye disease.

If you would like to get involved with this fantastic experience then please do get in touch with Beth Joy on, 020 7264 3919 for any further information and to secure your place.

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Wine Tasting in the Dark is kindly supported by Vision Direct

We are delighted that Vision Direct to be supporting Wine Tasting in the Dark. Vision Direct have previously partnered with Fight for Sight through their #ThinkUV campaign. They are helping us raise awareness of the importance of looking after your eyes in the sunshine, protecting them from harmful UV rays and it is fantastic to have their continued support at this event.

Director of Marketing at Vision Direct, Ashley Mealor, says: "We are proud to support Fight for Sight and the important work they do in pioneering eye research across the UK. Sight is the sense people are most afraid of losing and through supporting charities like Fight for Sight we can help to fund new treatments to restore vision."

Lora and Neil Fachie

Neil Fachie
was born in Aberdeen with a congenital eye condition, retinitis Pigmentosa. Neil took up athletics at the age of 24 and ran for Great Britain in the 100 and 200-metre sprints at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing before deciding to make the switch to track cycling.

His first taste of gold was at a home Track World Championships in Manchester in 2009 where he won the tandem B sprint and kilo titles piloted by Barney Storey. At the 2012 Olympic Games Neil and Barney won gold in the tandem B kilo and came second in the tandem B sprint.

Most recently Neil won his second gold medal on the Gold Coast to equal the Scottish Commonwealth Games record of four golds.

“Can you imagine a world where you can no longer see the blue sky, your child’s face, or even where to aim the kettle when you’re pouring it? The work Fight for Sight do is changing lives for so many people.”

Lora Fachie
was born with a hereditary sight condition which also affects her two brothers and Mum – she lost her sight at the age of 5.

Lora joined the Great Britain Cycling Team in 2009 and showed early promise alongside pilot Rebecca Rimmington winning medals at world cups in 2009 and 2010.

Now an established member of the Great Britain Cycling Team, Lora bounced back from the disappointment of missing out on a medal in her home Paralympics in London in 2012, by winning gold alongside Corrine Hall at Rio 2016 - adding another title to her two world championships on the road.

Dans Le Noir ?

Since 2006, guests have gone through the fascinating experience of eating in pitch darkness at Dans Le Noir ? London. In our restaurant, our guests enjoy a surprise meal while they engage in conversations with people they have never seen before and gain knowledge of blindness and disability.

Dining in pitch darkness, being hosted and served by a visually impaired waiter may change your point of view about many preconceived ideas of the world.

Fabio Sutera

Fabio Sutera, 49, is a wine connoisseur at Dans Le Noir? London. Fabio lost his sight at only aged 5 after suffering a retinal detachment in both eyes. He enjoys his role as a sommelier, developing his wine skills and meeting people from different backgrounds. Born in Palermo, Italy, Fabio’s family owned a vineyard from where he developed his love and passion for wine. Fabio’s love for wine encouraged him to study oenology and he has recently received his level 3 WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust).