• Newsletters 2024

    Newsletter Summer 2024

    Dear Members On June 20 in the beautiful setting of Puerto Blanco, Calpe, 54 members and guests enjoyed the last of our Tastings for the first half of the year. Gonzalo Lainez of Grupo Principe de Viana presented five very different Rioja wines, which were supplied by Bodegas Blasco in Teulada. More details on the wines tasted can be found here. I have already written to all members offering the opportunity to purchase the wines tasted at substantial discounts. The experience at Puerto Blanco was enhanced by using our new microphone/speaker system for the first time. Our very grateful thanks go to John Sloggie for researching and sourcing the system…

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    Newsletter June 2024

    Dear members The May Tasting dinner attended by 46 members, including 3 new members and 8 guests, represented all change for Costa Blanca Wine Society; new presenters, new Bodega and new venue. Fergus and Joan Fitzpatrick who are new members of our Tasting Team hosted the event at Real Club Nautico Denia, a really impressive new venue which we are likely to go back to in future years. The wines were presented by Julian Bodin and Antonio Lopez from Bodegas San Isidro in Jumilla. The wines tasted (described in more detail {here}) demonstrated the flexibility of the Monastrell grape, including a crisp delicate rosado, two full flavoured, fruit-forward reds, through to…

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    Newsletter May 2024

    Dear members Our April Tasting, hosted by Tim and Sandy Fawle, saw us return to Ca La Iaia restaurant in Moraira for the first time in several years. A total of 52 of us (including 3 new members and 5 guests) enjoyed a great evening. Tim and Sandy presented a really interesting selection of wines from Castilla y Leon sourced from A Catarlo Todo in Teulada. (See the Tasting Report for more details.) Our May Tasting will be hosted by Fergus and Joan Fitzpatrick at Real Club Nautico in Denia on 16 May.¬†¬†This is a new venue for us, with impressive views over the Marina and located on Denia seafront…

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    Newsletter April 2024

    Dear Members Our March Tasting at Los Amigos in Javea was enjoyed by over 50 members and guests. Led by Tony and Gro Salter and assisted by Tim Fawle, the three amigos each gave a plausible explanation of each of five wines, but only one of them was telling the truth. Each table group had to analyse their descriptions (guess) which was the correct wine, with prizes to the winning table. A great evening, enjoyed by attendees at what is now becoming one of our favourite venues. A full report can be found here. I am delighted to announce that Helen Granville has agreed to become our Acting Vice President.…

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    Newsletter March 2024

    Dear Members Our February Tasting was held at Javea Golf Club and was attended by 48 members and guests. We had an excellent presentation from Eduard Morell, owner of Vinyes del Terrer winery in Catalunya. His wines are an excellent reflection of the terroir on which his winery is based, 2 kilometres from the Mediterranean with calcareous soils from the ancient fragments of sea shells and limestone rock. We have separately written to all members to offer the opportunity to buy the wines tasted at excellent discounted rates. A full report on the tasting can be found here During the month we launched our new public Facebook page with the…

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    Newsletter February 2024

    Happy New Year to all of our members. I am delighted to be issuing my first newsletter as your new President. I am grateful to have been elected at the AGM on 18 January and I am looking forward with great enthusiasm to my new role.  In this newsletter I will summarise the AGM, cover in brief the Tasting Dinner which followed and give you a preview of the next two tastings. The AGM was held at the Nou Roma hotel in Denia, a great venue for this meeting and the following dinner. The main business covered at the AGM was as follows;      Tim Fawle in his last duty as…

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    Newsletter January 2024

    You are reminded that the AGM will be held on Thursday 18th January 2023. The original notice issued with the December newsletter is copied below. There is one amendment to the notice which is that nominations for the vacant positions can be made until 11th January (previously 4th January. Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Costa Blanca Wine Society will be held on Thursday, 18th January, 2024 in Restaurant La Senia, Hotel Nou Roma, Denia.  The first call will be at 6pm with the meeting starting at 6.30pm (this is the time for members to arrive and be seated). The meeting is for members only. Guests are welcome to attend the tasting which…