Wine lovers will be raising their glasses in a good cause next week at a unique function in Government House. The Hans Andersen Club, which runs aid programmes in low-income housing estates and temporary housing areas, will stage a fund-raising wine-tasting in the former governor's residence. A formidable range of 22 wines will be presented by four importers, featuring vintages from Spain, South Africa, France, Italy, Chile and Argentina. The club hopes to raise about $160,000 from the September 18 event; tickets will be $400 a head. Wine has been donated by Spanish Fine Wines, Force 8 Cellars, Saveurs International and Fine Wines International. It promises to be an evening to remember. About 400 tickets will be sold. The tasting runs from 6pm to 8.30pm, or until the wines run out. There will be snacks and music. Apart from helping a worthy cause, the tasting will be value for money for wine lovers. Some excellent wines will be on show. The rules governing events at Government House forbid any sales, but if people like what they taste, there is nothing to prevent them contacting the wine merchant later. The four merchants will set up stalls in the Government House ballroom. Spanish Fine Wines will be opening eight different vintages including the Campilo Crianza made from what could be termed the national grape, tempranillo. Regions represented will include Rioja, Penedes, Rias Baixas and Ribera del Duero, giving a glimpse of the breadth of the country's climates. Force 8 Cellars is offering some exciting vintages from exotic regions. The 93 Trapiche malbec from Argentina ($160) is a super-wine, aged in oak casks and packed with rich ripe flavours. The same company will present a delicate white made of the comparatively rare cortese grape by Michele Chiarlo of the Piedmont region of Italy. South African wines will come from Fine Wines International. The Neethlingshof estate chardonnay is typical of the Cape's great whites - rather silky and with a full flavour. There is another chardonnay from Kleinbosch winery of Paarl, along with a sauvignon blanc. These sell for $68 and $66, both top value. Saveurs specialises in Bordeaux. It will be showing an interesting white, the 95 Comtes de Jonqueyres cuvee alpha, which is made of sauvignon blanc and semillon, with a touch of muscadelle for flavour. A red from the same stable is 70 per cent merlot and 30 per cent cabernet franc, a pleasing medium-bodied wine. Both retail for $98. The Hans Andersen Club has been quietly active in Hong Kong for more than 30 years. It runs three centres in Kowloon and has a new pilot project under trial at Tai O on Lantau. Independent of all religious and other organisations, it depends on public donations and grants to meet its $7 million budget. To raise money, over the years members have held balls, golf tournaments and bazaars. Funds help support practical programmes which directly benefit 2,500 children. The club runs afterschool care classes in its three Kowloon centres, providing places where children can do their homework and relax in safety. Many of the young students are from single-parent homes, where there is often nobody at home to look after them after school. Club staff offer homework help, counselling and other educational services and provide a shoulder for under-privileged children to lean on. Staff give tutorials in Chinese, English and mathematics, and there are also classes in calligraphy, painting, computing, piano, drama, singing, cooking, handicrafts, table tennis, and volleyball. Named after the famous children's author, the Hans Andersen movement is a low-profile organisation that gets most of its budget from the Community Chest. But there is always a shortfall in funds, and staging a wine-tasting in an elegant setting is a new tactic to raise money. Bookings for the wine-tasting can be made on 2143 8766.