Newsletter December 2015

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November Tasting

A full house of 69 Members assembled at Ca La Iaia for the last tasting of the year, December being the Christmas function.  Four red wines from their Bruma range were being presented by Elena and Loles from Bodegas Viñaelena which is located in DO Jumilla.   The word Bruma means mist and reflects the early morning mists which they have in the valley where their winery is situated.   This family run bodega, one of the oldest in the region has initiated a project with the idea of making and marketing 100% Monastrell wines but combining the qualities of this variety with diversity of climates and soils that exist within Jumilla.   Three of the four red wines were 100% Monastrell; the fourth was a Cabernet Sauvignon.  A full report on the tasting can be found on the Society’s Web site by clicking on  Most of those present thought the meal was excellent and Ca La Iaia, being a favourite venue, did not disappoint.

Detailed below are the scores awarded to the wines by those members present: 

Wines tasted November 2015 Price Average
1 Bruma Marin        €5.75 83.0
2 Bruma Viñas Viejas        €8.50 84.7
3 Bruma el Calvario      €12.75 89.0
4 Bruma Finca Mandriles      €12.75 88.0

Wine Trip 2016 

Next year’s wine trip will take place from the 2nd to the 5th May staying in Toledo and visiting three Vino de Pago bodegas and two in DO Méntrida.   Full details about the trip, booking and payment arrangements can be found on the Society’s Web site by clicking on:

Hot News, January Tasting

The January tasting will be held in Restaurant Punta Negra, Hotel Rotes in Denia, on 21st January 2016 and the hotel has just announced that if you book a room today (Black Friday) or the 28th and 29th November you will obtain a discount of 50% on their normal room price during the months of December, January and February. 

Christmas Function

The Christmas function will be held on 10th December at Restaurant La Senia, The Hotel Nou Roma, Denia.    Note this is the second Thursday of the month and is a members only function.   Dress for the occasion is black tie or dark lounge suit for gentlemen and the appropriate glamorous dresses for the ladies.  For our Christmas tasting I have selected some wines we have tasted over the year and also some other wines so prepare your palates!

We are also presenting prizes to the CBWS Wine Taster of the Year. The restaurant can accommodate 62 members so please book early to ensure your place.

The menu is:

Pan casero con tomate

Coca crujiente con cremoso de aguacate y sardina ahumada

Ensalada de perdiz en escabeche

con frutos rojos y vinagreta de cítricos

Degustación de puchero con su pelota

Alcachofas confitadas con setas y crujiente de jamón

Plato principal to choose

Pescado de lonja con verduritas de temporada y salsa espalda trabada


Solomillo ibérico con cremoso de chirivías y reducción de Oporto


Piña asada a la canela con helado de coco

The cost is 30€

Reservations and choice of main course please to: Penny Floodgate Tel 96 574 4966 or email   Reservations no later than the deadline 12.00 noon on Monday 7th December.  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!

I look forward to seeing you at this event, and for sure enjoying some excellent wines  in a Christmas spirit!

Best regards,

Tim Fawle, President