January 2016 Newsletter


Dear Members,                                                                   I hope you have all enjoyed the festive season and of course tasted some excellent wines.

December Tasting

55 people attended our Christmas tasting at the La Senia restaurant in Denia. This restaurant has a nice cosy atmosphere and serves excellent food, setting the scene for members to enjoy the festive evening.   This tasting did not involve a lot of soul searching on scoring the wines because they were traditionally chosen by the President. However each table was asked to list the area the wine came from and the grape variety, with answers being arrived at by a consensus for that table.  The winning table received, drank and enjoyed a nice rosado cava to finish off the evening.   The full report on the evening can be read on the web site by clicking on: https://www.costablancawinesociety.com/CBWS/10th-december-2015-restaurant-la-senija-denia/

Congratulations also to joint winners Andrew Johnson and Gaby Ferenczy for the Wine Taster of the Year Award.

2016 Wine Trip

The Wine Trip will be held from 2nd to 5th May.   Bookings will run from 11–24 Jan, 2016 and are to be made with Sandy Fawle at sandyfawle@gmail.com Full details about the wine trip, costs and booking can be read by clicking on: https://www.costablancawinesociety.com/CBWS/next-wine-trip/

January 2016 Tasting

The next tasting is on Thursday January 21st at Punta Negra, MR Hotel, Les Rotes with the popular theme of Whose Wine is it anyway?   This has proven a fun event based on the TV series Call my Bluff, so for sure we will have a good attendance at Les Rotes.  

The Menu for the evening is:

Surtido de Panes Valencianos con Tomate Natural
Ensalada de Langostinos Crujientes, Guacamole, Higos secos y Vinagreta de Huevas de Salmon

Huevo trufado sobre Timbal de verduras asadas con Consomé de Setas

Vieira braseada acompañada de alcachofa sobre caldo de cigalas



Taco de Angus Black a la Brasa con Salsa de Pimienta Rosa y verduras – Angus Beef


Corvina al horno (White fish) con Mantequilla de lima y Guarnición de Patata y Zanahoria Glaseada

Desert: Bizcocho de pistachos con Espuma de Limón y Crema de Caramelo “Dulcey”

Cost 30€ Members; 35€ Guests

Our Venues and menus team have negotiated with the hotel a special discount for those members wishing to stay at the hotel. We have a 10% discount  when you reserve directly to the hotel by telephone or email.

The prices on their website, before the discount is applied, are: standard room: €101 superior room: €108 including breakfast.

Reservations and choice of main course please to: Penny Floodgate Tel 96 579 4996 or email pennyfloodgate@gmail.com.   Reservations no later than the deadline 12.00 noon on Monday 18th January.  Cancellations and no shows after the deadline are liable for payment. Penny will always confirm your booking. If you do not receive confirmation from Penny then you are not booked in.     

LATE CANCELLATIONS AFTER THE MONDAY DEADLINE TO PENNY FLOODGATE Tel: 96 579 4996 or Penny’s email address ONLY AND NOT DIRECTLY TO THE RESTAURANT. Places will be allocated by a draw from the bag. Therefore there is no need for early arrival to secure your places.

THE DOORS WILL OPEN AT 19.30.   This will allow the committee to arrange seating and tables.  Please do not arrive before this time as it makes it extremely difficult to set up the restaurant. We would rather you arrive late than early!

Membership Renewals

Our Membership Secretary Tony Cabban will be ready to receive your membership subscription. For those members who cannot attend we would ask you to pay by bank transfer. Details of the Society’s Account are on the website.

Your Committee look forward to welcoming you to our first tasting of 2016 and wish you a very Healthy Happy New Year!


Tim Fawle, President