Newsletter and AGM Invite June 2021

CBWS June 2021 Newsletter


Dear Members,

Tim Fawle

Tim Fawle

Welcome to our June Newsletter as we are approaching halfway through 2021 – where does the time go?

Well –  in May we exceeded all records with our online bodega presentation from Finca Los Aljibes with 43 members attending an interesting and professional presentation from Manuel Morente, Director of the family owned bodega near Albacete. Not only was this the highest attendance of our online tastings but the enthusiastic members stocked up on their summer wines with a collective order of 117cases. We also welcomed new members James Grigor and David Miller who attended their first tasting.

This was a very professional presentation from Manuel who started the evening with a video on Finca Los Aljibes followed by a tasting of 4 of their wines. The tasting pack included a delicious embutido of venison, which he suggested we consume during the tasting together with some cheeses.  Also half way through the tasting, and included in the tasting pack, was a half-litre bottle of the Los Aljibes Olive Oil, and we were asked to pour a small quantity into a wine glass while he explained the characteristics of this olive oil. The general opinion was that it was delicious.

Click here to see tasting report on the webpage.

June Events

AGM – Via Zoom – Tuesday June 15th, 2021 at 18.00 CET

As we are still unable to meet as a group this month it is important that we formally present the CBWS financial position for 2020.  Earlier in the year everyone was provided with a financial summary from our Treasurer, Mike Granville. He will present the audited accounts at the meeting.

Those of you who are familiar with Zoom will be able to participate in the AGM.  Those of you who are not users of this technology we would ask you to send any comments you wish to make directly to our secretary, Paul Smithard before the meeting.

We need to formally present:

  1. The accounts for last year for approval
  2. Details of the dates for the CBWS tasting to year end 2021 and the provisional programme.

June 17th – Zoom meeting involving ‘Eco’ wines lead by Neville Richardson

September 16th – We should hopefully plan to have this ‘live’ at Puerto Blanco as it has a large open area.  This would be a get-together with wine, rather than a ‘Tasting’.

Wine Trip – October – Depending upon restrictions we will look at the possibility of organising a 2-day trip to local bodegas.

October 21st. –  John Davis will present his wines either in person or by Zoom on a large screen, with in-person attendance from members at one of the following venues Carrasco, Javea or Las Rotas, Denia.

November 18th – A Bodega presentation either in person or via Zoom in a restaurant with a large screen and Members physically present.

December 9th – Christmas Event at Javea Club Nautico restaurant

3. CBWS restructuring proposal.

Detailed below is a brief summary of the restructuring approval which has been unanimously agreed within your committee.

With the Covid pandemic we have taken the opportunity to re-evaluate our wine tasting programme and how we operate within that.  The current situation involves a high workload for the President and the fact that we have no Vice President and no current candidates for this role, means that some changes were necessary.  We have therefore initiated a restructuring proposal.

The proposal is to construct a Tasting Team comprising of 4 or 5 members who will work together with the President in developing an interesting programme throughout the year. Those in the tasting team will be responsible for a CBWS evening, including liaising with the Bodega and venues and menus team, sourcing the wine, pairing it with the menu etc. They will not be expected to make a presentation themselves, although they can if they would like to. The Tasting Team would actively participate in developing the programme for the year, in close collaboration with the President.

The simple principal of this proposal is to spread the workload amongst a number of people whilst at the same time developing a varied, interesting and enjoyable programme.

We have a very enthusiastic membership and working as part of the Tasting Team will be an enjoyable experience with fellow members.

This is a step-change in the way we operate and we do believe that this is a good, positive move to enrich our programme and ensure wider participation from our members.  We are looking for the endorsement and support of the membership.

Wine Tasting – June 17th, Via ZOOM

Eco, biodynamic, natural, organic, sustainable- do these titles mean anything? Clever marketing tools or the future of wine? A zoom session led by Neville Richardson’

I will be writing separately to all regular participants but if any other members would like to participate please contact me on

Developments in Rioja

Finally, the following link will be of interest to you as there seems to be a ground-swell for change in Rioja.  It may be worth tasting some of these wines in the near future.  Thanks to Neville for providing this.  Please click here

Finally, we hope to see as many of you as possible taking part in the AGM or participating with your written comments to the Secretary.

Best Regards,

Tim Fawle