The final meeting of the Society is traditionally not a tasting, but a Christmas celebration during which good food and wine is enjoyed, but not marked. This year was no exception to this enjoyment and the event was held at the Jávea Parador, the first time the Society has met there since 2007. The meal was not a traditional Christmas Dinner, but reflected another Society tradition of a choice between fish and meat for the main course. The wines enjoyed with the meal were:
White – Paco y Lola 2012, Alvarinho, from the DO, Rias Baixas from the Rosalia de Castro Winery and is made from 100% Albariño.
Red – Vizcarra Senda del Oro 2012, a “Roble” from the Ribera del Duero, the region which the society will be visiting next year. It is a 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) from organic vineyards.
The above two wines were drunk with the selection of tapas starters. With the main course members were treated to:
Red – Vera De Estenas Magnum Reserva 2006 a blend of Cabernet Suvignon, Bobal, Merlot and Tempranillo from Utiel Requena
To accompany the dessert was Iberia Romate, a classic “cream” from Jerez.
It is also at this function at which the prizes for Wine Taster of the Year, based on the previous nine tastings held in the year, are presented. To be eligible for this award, members have to have attended at least five tastings and the more you attend the more difficult it is to maintain the quality of one’s scores. For more information on the scoring system go to the section on “Tasting” on this web site. This year’s prize winners were:
1st Andrew Johnson, our current President, who achieved an excellent score of 93% based on his 8 tastings.
2nd Keith Pacey last years President with 92% for 9 tastings
3rd was shared between Renate Pluis (90% for 9 tastings) and Per Ramvall (90% for 6 tastings)
Definitely a President’s Benefit! The prizes were presented by Gordon Sellars the Vice President.
After this presentation President Andrew Johnson then presented some of his own personal awards, again another tradition of the Society at this event. The recipients had all attended the 9 tastings throughout the year. They were, Pat and Keith Pacey, Hugh and Gillian Epsom and Penny Floodgate. In addition the President recognised and presented a prize to Sandy Fawle, who although not on the committee had worked tirelessly on the table arrangements and layout for each meeting.
Details of next Year’s wine trip to Ribera del Duero was given to members and can be found on this web site.
Finally the President closed the event by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year