Newsletter November 2021

 

 

Dear Members

Welcome to our November Newsletter a total of 64 people attended the October tasting enjoying the beautiful setting of Hotel MR Les Rotes, Denia.

Before the pandemic we had planned a tasting of wines in March 2020 with our guest speaker from London John Davies, a wine importer and regular contributor to CBWS with a presentation of “Bordeaux Blends produced in Spain”. It was not until now that we were able to present these wines, but unfortunately without the presence of John who could not travel due to a family illness. This evening was jointly hosted by Neville Richardson and Tim Fawle.

Before presenting these wines Neville introduced a new Wine Assessment form which will replace the existing one. 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. Previously, at the end of each year a Wine Taster of the Year award was made to the member who consistently scored the wines as close to the overall average.

This 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 an award and be invited to present their wines and receive the CBWS award.

Wines Tasted were:

Vega de Ribes Blanc Seleccio ECO  2017 – Penedes – Sauv Blanc + MALVASIA de SITGES  €6.92

Castell D’ Encus Taleia Brisat 2017 2018– Costers del Segre – Sauv Blanc , Semillon  €21

Carlos Valero Trashumante Crianza 2015 – Somontano –Merlot y Cab Sauvignon €8.19

Paras Bata Mas Elena 2015 – Penedes – Cab Sauv 71%, Merlot 20%, Cab Franc 9%  €9.98

Cellar Petit Duran Mercès Criança 2016 – Costers del Segre – Merlot, Cab Sauv  €13.95

 

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

Following the tasting Tim presented to Ron Watson, our previous Membership Secretary who has relocated back to Oslo, a classic bottle of Fondellón in recognition of his help with CBWS.

.Our next Wine Tasting which will take place at Restaurante Los Amigos, Av. De la Llibertat, 03738, Platja de l’Arenal on Thursday November 18, at 7.30 pm.  This will be a very interesting tasting of a selection of wines presented by Bodegas Volver from Pinoso, Alicante. We visited this bodega on an Autumn Wine Trip in 2018 and were impressed by the quality and professionalism of this bodega. In my absence you will be in the capable hands of Andrew Johnson who will be hosting this evening.

Restaurante Los Amigos in Javea is a new venue and we have received good reports of their offering. We hope to see as many of you as possible at this new location which will enable us to enjoy the wines and company of fellow members..

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

 

Starters to Share

 

JAMON IBÉRICO CON PAN DE CRISTAL

CROQUETAS DE BACALAO

CARPACCIO DE TOMATE ROSA CON SALMON AHUMADO

CHOPOS FRITOS

Main Course to Choose

CONFIT DE PATO CON SALSA DE VINO

BACALAO CONFITADO CON CREMOSO DE PATATAS

 

Dessert

TARTITA DE MANZANA CON HELADO DE VANILLA

Price: €35 Members  €40 Guests

 

If you are bringing guests Penny will confirm guest places prior to the tasting as members have priority. Bookings will close as usual the Friday before the tasting which, for this month, is 12.00 noon on FRIDAY 12TH November.  Guest places will be confirmed by Friday 6th.

Any cancellations after the deadline will still require payment to be made for you and/or your guests.   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 as always is smart casual. Jackets for the men, with optional ties,

Upcoming Events

The December Christmas Tasting will take place on the second Thursday of the month, December 9th at Restaurant Al Bordo, Club Nautico Javea.  This will be the President’s choice of wines.

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 December.

We are anticipating the February tasting to take place at Hotel Sol y Mar, Calpe but this has yet to be confirmed as they will be undergoing a refurbishment.

I hope you have an enjoyable tasting at Los Amigos and we will raise a glass to you all from the USA!

Best regards,

Tim Fawle

President