July 2018

June Tasting                                                                                                               

74 Members and guests gathered at the Restaurant Puerto Blanco to listen to members Andrew and Kathy Johnson present their Monovarietal Evening.   In my absence, Vice President, Maureen Holliday, welcomed members and guests, introduced the speakers and conducted the evening’s proceedings. Andrew outlined the form of the tasting, by announcing that we would taste five very different grape varieties, albeit two were Tempranillo and coming from four different Denominación de Origen (DO).   Two of these were from Rioja, but neither typical of what we think of as Rioja wine.   Two of the grape varieties he surmised would be new to us and finally a desert wine made from a grape variety that we do not normally think of in that context. This introduction predicated what seemed to be an intriguing and interesting tasting.   A more detailed report on the tasting can be found on the web site under “Tastings – Recent Tastings” or by clicking on June Tasting.

September Tasting    

I am pleased to advise you that we have secured John Davis, a UK Wine Expert, to present the September tasting. You may remember John’s excellent presentation in Puerto Blanco in June 2017. This will be very informative and a good start to the autumn season.  More details will follow in the next Newsletter which will be circulated towards the end of August.

 Autumn Wine Trip

 The Wine Trip Team have just completed a recce for the Autumn Wine Trip which will leave Jávea on the morning of Thursday 4th October and return early evening on Friday 5th.   The trip will be in the DO Alicante in the Medio and Alto Vinalopó district around Pinoso.   During the 2 day visit we will be visiting 3 bodegas each one offering something different.   We will be staying in the interesting town of Biar which boasts a beautiful castle and twisting narrow streets.   The hotel is Villa de Biar a comfortable 4 Star hotel situated in the centre of the town with a pool and pleasant gardens. The website is: http://www.daniyabiar.com/en/.   For full details of the trip and how to book please go to the web site and under Wine trips go to Next Wine trip or click here on Autumn Wine Trip.


Some of you may know that our current Treasurer Shirley Sloggie will be giving up her role as Treasurer at the AGM in January after 4 years of outstanding work. During that time Shirley has worked to simplify this job to ensure that her successor will be able to easily take on the role. We are therefore asking all our members to consider helping us and stepping into this position. All that is required is a basic knowledge of using an Excel spreadsheet.  You will be working closely with the Committee as part of a team and Shirley will be on hand for any help and advice.

More detail of what is involved will be circulated after the summer break. Please give serious thought to becoming part of the lively CBWS team. If you want to chat to Shirley informally (and without any commitment!) please give her a call on +44 7866887159   Now is your chance to contribute to the Society from which you have benefitted over the years.

Venues and Menus Team

After several years dedicated work in this very important area of CBWS Colin and Sue will be giving up this post during next year. As we all know the location and quality of food at our tastings is key to a successful evening.   Sue and Colin have developed an efficient system with each restaurant providing clear guidelines for them to follow. Sue and Colin will be delighted to speak with any member or team who are interested in taking on this role. Once again the Committee will support and help in this important function. Please contact me paul.nicholls100@yahoo.com.     We ask all members to seriously give consideration to helping in this área.

It just remains for me to wish you a good summer break, whether spent in Spain or elsewhere and to say that I look forward to seeing you at the September tasting.

All good wishes, Paul Nicholls, President