HONESTY was in short supply at a "Call my Bluff" wine tasting evening organised and hosted by the Rotary Club of Northallerton.

The large function suite at Allerton Court Hotel in Northallerton was packed with a lively gathering of wanabee wine experts, who were faced with difficult decisions after each of six wines was described by three convincing and humorous "sommeliers", two of whom were lying.

After all three had described each wine, the teams in the audience had to decide, after tasting, which description was most accurate, in terms of type of grape, country of origin, and retail price.

Points were awarded for each of the categories, and the winning team comprised Nicola Proud, Tracy Townsend, Lisa Lynch and Rowena Wallace. Team leader Nicola said: "We are so pleased to come to something different like this, and to support two charities, the Rotary Club and the Friends of the Friarage. It has been great fun, and wonderful to know that we are helping the Friarage Hospital which is so dear to our families."

Real sommelier Rotarian David Ison, who led the event, thanked the local sponsors who had provided wine and other support. More than £1,100 was raised for the Friends of the Friarage, the charity selected to benefit from fundraising during the Northallerton Rotary Club's 75th anniversary this year.