November 2014 Newsletter

16th October 2014 – Restaurant Abiss – Calpe

The Society used the Restaurant Abiss for the first time in October of last year and it was found to be so good that we returned again this year to taste the wines of Celler Mas Roig.  The tasting was attended by 65 members who listened to Vicente Montfort, the Alicante agent for Celler Mas Roig, introducing the bodega and presenting the wines.   Founded in 1917, Celler Mas Roig is one of the most important wineries in the Priorat region.   It encompasses approximately 500 hectares of vineyards, all under the Montsant Denominación de Origen.  Five wines were tasted, a white, a rosado and three reds.   A full report on the tasting including costs of the wine and the points scored is on the Society’s web page

Recently deceased members

Those of you who attended the last 2 wine tastings will have heard me announce the recent deaths of three of our members and it is with great sadness that I have to inform all members of these events in this Newsletter.

Allan Law, a long standing  member who despite suffering the effects of a stroke some years ago, still managed to attend meetings and enjoyed away trips from time to time, finally succumbed to cancer and died in September.

JeanPierre de Nys, another long standing member of some 15 years also passed away in September. JP, as he was affectionately known, attended most of the away trips, loved good wine, good company and always had a twinkle in his eye. I represented the CBWS, along with many other members, at a memoriam lunch held at their home in Calpe on 17th of October.

Morley Holiday, a comparatively new member of about 6 years, but one who particularly enjoyed the good fellowship of the society, died on 24th September, only 5 weeks after having been diagnosed with a particularly virulent strain of leukaemia.  I will be representing the CBWS at a celebration of his life in Campello on November 3rd.

I am sure that you all will join me in sending our most sincere condolences to Jill Law, Annie de Nys, and Maureen Holiday, the surviving spouses.

Wine Trip to Bullas

32 members went on the two day (21/22 October) wine trip to Bullas.   Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the trip, the weather and the wines.   A full report on the trip is being produced by Rod Anderton and will be on the Society’s web page early/mid November.

Wine Trip 2015

The wine trip team are now making arrangements for the 2015 wine trip, which will take place next May.   It is hoped to publish details of the trip on the Society’s web page by the end of November.

Annual Subscriptions

IT’S NEARLY NEXT YEAR – Subscriptions are due

Our treasurer David will be happy to take your 2015 subscription from you at the

November and December tastings. If you cannot attend one of these meetings please arrange to transfer the money into the society’s bank account.- € 20.00 per person.

BBVA ES77 0182 3216 6302 08504414 by 31st. December

We currently have a waiting list of people who would like to become members. Several of our members have not attended for a very long time and others with changed circumstances may not wish to continue their membership. If you do not wish to remain a member please advise David at as soon as possible.

Your co-operation with this will be very much appreciated.

November tasting

The November tasting will be held on the 20th November at Ca La Iaia, in Moraira.   The wines to be tasted are from Bodegas Vegalfaro, DO Utiel Requena.

Price for Members is € 30 and for Guests € 35


Aperativo with  Cava


Jamón Ibérico de Bellota ………………………………………… Rosado

Ensalada Tíbia de Gambas y Calamar ……………………..Blanco

Salteado de Hongos y setas con ajos tiernos  …………..Roble


Plato Principal

Pluma de Cerdo Ibérico de Bellota con dos Salsas


Popietas de Lenguado rellenas de Gamba y Calabacin

. . ….  Merlot


Torrijas de Pan Brioche con Helado de Vainilla

Reservations and Choice of Main Course, please to: PENNY FLOODGATE Tel.  965794996 or email   

Reservations no later than the deadline 12.00 noon on Monday 17th November, 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: 965794996 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.

Finally I would like to remind you that the AGM. will be held at the Café del Mar in Moraira on February 19th. Should any member wish to table motions to be presented to the AGM, they should be emailed to James Blackwell-Landis, our Secretary, by December 19th.

I look forward to seeing you on the night but would recommend that reservations are made in good time, since the capacity has been reduced, on a trial basis, to 64 members and guests, in response to requests from various members.

Best regards,

Gordon Sellars