Newsletter December 2021

Dear Members

Welcome to our December Newsletter. We had a total of 53 people who attended the November tasting in a new venue Los Amigos, in Javea. This evening was hosted by Andrew Johnson who presented wines from Bodegas Volver from Pinoso, Alicante .

Also present was the Distributor Javier Valero the exclusive Distributor for Bodegas Volver in the Communidad de Valencia. We visited this bodega on an autumn wine trip in 2018 and were impressed by the quality wines they produced.

Andrew introduced the evening with an interesting commentary on the development of the Monastrell grape variety in the Alicante region as in recent years DO Alicante has made great strides in producing top quality wines.

Before presenting these wines Neville discussed the new Wine Assessment form which was introduced at the November tasting. It was felt that we should revaluate how we assess each wine, enabling every taster to judge the characteristics and qualities of the wine in a more structured way. The taster award had been used for many years and we felt a new approach should be introduced. The wine that achieves the best rating each month will be listed and at the end of the year, the Bodega who produced that wine will receive  be invited to present their wines and receive the CBWS award.

Wines Tasted were:

  1. Tarima Blanco, Chardonnay & Merseguera
  2. Tarima Hill Blanco, Chardonnay & Merseguera
  3. Tarima al Natural 100% Monastrell
  4. Tarima Hill 100% Monastrell
  5. Alicante Bouschet, Alicante Bouschet & Monastrell

A full report of the tasting can be accessed from the website by clicking here.

CHRISTMAS TASTING

Our next tasting is on December 9 (please note this is earlier than our normal tasting date as many people are away later in December) at Restuarante A Bordo, Club Nautica Javea.

This is our Christmas event when the President selects his “Christmas Selection”

Detailed below is the Menu. Starters are to share and I would ask you to confirm your choice of Main Course to Penny Floodgate

 

MENÚ

PICADA EN MESA (A COMPARTIR):

 TARTAR DE SALMÓN

 CREMA DE CALABAZA

 MEJILLONES AL VAPOR

 GAMBÓN PLANCHA

 

PLATO PRINCIPAL (A ESCOGER):

 LUBINA AL CAVA

 GALLO SAM PEDRO A LA ESPALDA

 PATO A LA NARANJA CON COMPOTA DE MANZANA

 CARRILLERA DE TERNERA EN SU SALSA

*GUARNICION CENTRO DE MESA: VERDURAS SALTEADAS

POSTRE

Cost 35€

This is a members only evening

Bookings will close as usual the Friday before the tasting which, for this month, is 12.00 noon on FRIDAY December 3

Any cancellations after the deadline will still require payment. to   Reservations and choice of main course please to: Penny Floodgate Tel: 965794996 or email:  pennyfloodgate@gmail.com  Penny will always confirm receipt of your booking.  If you have made a reservation and do not receive a confirmation from Penny you are not booked, so in that case please check with her.

Dress code for the Christmas tasting is Black tie or lounge suits for the gentlemen and the usual attire for the ladies.

 

CBWS TASTING TEAM

On November 2 CBWS Tasting team had their first meeting with the objective to develop and implement an interesting and varied programme for next year.

With his recent email Paul included a brief survey and I would be grateful if you would complete and return it to Paul. PaulSmithard22@gmail.com.  I have  added a copy of the survey to the website for reference. Please click  here

Upcoming Events

The AGM will take place on January 20th, 2022 followed by a Wine Tasting. This will be at Hotel Nou Roma, Denia in their delightful restaurant La Senia. The Agenda for the AGM will be issued in the January Newsletter.

Wine Trip wc May 2 2022

We plan to organise a Wine Trip in May next year. Providing the Covid situation does not deteriorate this will go ahead.

As many members are now obligated by Schengen rules to plan their time in Spain those who would like to participate in the wine trip can at least plan this trip into their travel plans.We will confirm definately this trip in February 2022

We hope to see as many members as possible at the December tasting but if you cannot attend on behalf of the Committee have a very enjoyable Christmas and enjoy your wines!

Best regards,

Tim Fawle

President

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