Costa Blanca Wine Society – Annual General Meeting
Agenda on Thursday 16th January 2020 18.30
Location: Sol y Mar Hotel, Calpe
- Approval of 2019 Minutes
- Matters Arising
- President’s Report
- Membership Secretary’s Report
- Treasurer’s Report
- Election of President
- Election of Vice President.
- Confirmation of remainder of 2020 Committee.
10. Proposed Budget 2020
11. Proposed Programme 2020
12. Proposals from Hugh Epsom and Gillian Ashworth
(See supporting note appended to this agenda. Appendix 1)
- Find smaller restaurants and limit attendance to 50.
- Try some tapas nights in place of the normal three course, omit dessert, wines at a cheaper cost.
- Replace the current annual wine tasting competition.
- Introduce more fun nights similar to “Whose Wine is it Anyway?”
- Subsidise expenses, or pay costs, more often to encourage better presenters tocome and talk to us about good wines.
13. Any Other Business notified in advance to the secretary
Appendix 1: Email from Hugh Epsom and Gillian Ashworth referred to in item 12
CBWS AGM Proposals
Point: It is felt that several of the restaurants used over the last few years have not been
really up to standard. Either the service has been poor, or the food has not been as good as
normal, or the seating arrangement has prevented clear line of sight for all to the presenter.
The choice of restaurants in the past has always been limited due to the need to
accommodate up to 80 people.
1. Find smaller restaurants and limit attendance to 50.
Rationale: Assume only half of the current membership will attend the tastings on average.
Much easier to find suitable venues for 40-50 people!
Point: The cost of tasting has increased to the point that many members may be reluctant
to attend on a regular basis. It is felt that we do not need to be a gourmet club, and that we
could budget for cheaper meals in future.
2. Try some tapas nights in place of the normal three course, omit dessert, wines at a
Rationale: Increases likelihood that members will attend more tastings.
Point: The format of the CBWS tastings has perhaps become a bit stale – it is felt that some
changes could be introduced to make the events more interesting.
3. Replace the current annual wine tasting competition with one that actually
rewards our members for judging the wines correctly (say closest score to the
Penin, or Parker? This could be a monthly competition with a simple bottle of wine
prize), or drop the competition completely?
4. Introduce more fun nights similar to “Whose Wine is it Anyway?”
5. Subsidise expenses, or pay costs, more often to encourage better presenters to
come and talk to us about good wines.
Rationale: Something new and fresh would be welcomed!
Please take these as constructive suggestions. The Committee does a great job, but we and
others feel there could be room for some changes.
Hugh Epsom & Gillian Ashworth
10th January 2020