Newsletter October 2013


Costa Blanca Wine Society Newsletter October 2013


CBWS Meeting and Tasting Thursday 19th September – Restaurante La Senia – Denia

79 members and guests assembled in the ever popular venue of the courtyard of the Restaurant La Senia for the first wine tasting after the summer break, at which three Past Presidents, Keith Pacey, Tim Fawle and Gaby Ferenczy presented ‘paired’ wines. Pairing wines implied anything that linked the wines together.

Keith Pacey’s two white wines came from Terres del Alforins situated in the most south westerly area of the province of Valencia, around the Serra Grossa approximately 500 to 700 metres above sea level. The first wine came from Bodegas Los Frailes a family business founded in 1771 which is now in the 14th generation of the family. In 1999 they undertook the ambitious project of reorganising all the vineyards converting to organic methods. The wine was a Blanc de Triologia 2012 comprising 70% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Muscat and 10% Verdil. The wine was fermented in French oak barrels for 4 months. It has an alcohol by volume (ABV) of 13.5%, received 90 points in the Guía Peñín and can be purchased at Catarla Todo in Teulada for 7.95€. His second wine was Cullerot 2011 from Bodegas Celler Del Roure, a blend of 30% Verdil, 30% Pedro Ximenez, 20% Macabeo and 20% Chardonnay it has an ABV of 13.5% and was grown in vineyards at 600 metres above sea level. In 2009 the bodega recovered an ancient winery, ‘bodega fonda’ which was an underground gallery with 97 clay amphorae with capacities of between 600 and 2,800 litres where wine was produced since the 17th century to as late as the 1930s. They have recommenced this technique and the Cullerot had been aged for 6 months in the clay amphorae. The wine retails at 7.90€ and is obtainable at Vinivars in Denia. It received 88 points in the Guía Peñín.

Tim Fawle’s two choices of red wine came from Ribera del Duero, with its solid record of producing fine quality wines, and a tradition of winemaking stretching back generations where small family bodegas exist alongside state of the art, corporate-owned wineries. Both the wines, offered as a blind tasting, were 2010 Tempranillo Crianzas. The first wine spent 16 months in French and American barrels and was revealed as an Arzuaga Crianza 2010 costing 15.95€ and gaining 91 points from the Guía Peñín. It had a fruity nose with a round elegant palate. His second wine, produced according to a practice known as Biodynamic Viticulture had been aged for 12 months but only in French oak barrels was a Valdehermoso Crianza 2010 to which the Guía Peñín awarded 90 points. Both wines had an ABV of 14.5% and could be purchased at A Catarla Todo in Teulada.

Gaby Ferenczy’s, two red wines were 100% Petit Verdot. There are relatively few Petit Verdot varietals in the world, but they are increasing, particularly in Spain. The name comes from reference to the smallness of the grape and verdot meaning green due to the grape’s propensity for under ripeness. The wines came from the same Enriques Mendoza vineyard at Villena in the DO of Alicante and were virtually identical, but separated by 5 years. One was a 2006 Crianza Petit Verdot retailing at 13.50€ from A Catarla Todo in Teulada and gaining 91 points in the Guía Peñín and the other was a 2011 Crianza Petit Verdot which has not yet been rated and costs 11.35€ from Casa del Vino In Jávea. Both wines had 12 months in barrel first in new Oregon American oak and then in one year old Allier French oak. The weather in both years was very, very similar over the months June through October and so hopefully the major difference for comparison was age. Both wines had an ABV of 14.5%

Frank Bentley proposed a very eloquent vote of thanks to the three presenters.

Wines tasted – Average Prices and Points awarded by members

Blanc de Trilogia 2012, a blend, Bod Los Frailes € 7.95 83.0 points

Cullerot Blanc 2011, a blend, Bod. Celler del Roure. € 7.90 82.3 points

Arzuaga Crianza 2010, Tempranillo, Ribero del Duero € 15.95 87.6 points

Valdehermoso Crianza 2010, Tempranillo, Ribera del Duero € 11.25 87.3 points

Petit Verdot 2011, Enrique Mendoza (Alicante) € 11.35 87.9 points

Petit Verdot 2006, Enrique Mendoza (Alicante) € 13.50 88.6 points

October Meeting – Thursday October 17th at Restaurante Abiss, Calpe

We have another exciting venue. See their website for location and directions – Vice President Gordon Sellars will host this evening, as Kathy & I are attending a family celebration in the UK.

Our presenters are from Bodegas Bleda in Jumilla. This is one of the excellent bodegas included in the September wine trip. Members on the trip will have tasted one part of their super selection and at the October tasting we are being presented with a different and exceptional range. The wines that are being tasted include the most recent winner of the GRAN BACO DE ORO. This is an award presented by the UNIÓN ESPAÑOLA DE CATADORES. As you may know this is one of the more prestigious wine challenges of Spain. I have had the good fortune to taste all the wines that will be presented.

The bodega will bring with them a stock of wines for you to purchase on the night – both those that they will present at the tasting and a selection tasted on the wine trip. PLEASE NOTE THAT PAYMENTS MUST BE MADE IN CASH ON THE NIGHT.

The restaurant is a part of the Sol y Mar hotel, although it has a separate entrance. There is plenty of parking in the underground (pay) car park or in the blue (pay) zone in the streets nearby. The hotel is offering free parking for the duration of the dinner (and for those staying overnight) in the underground car park. There are also free parking areas within a five or ten minute walk.

The cava reception will be served in the hotel’s champagne bar, La Champagneria – or “Le Champ” where the treasurer will be ready at 19.30 to collect your money and the place names and table draw will also be found. La Champagneria is located close to the restaurant entrance, on the other side of the flight of steps to the beach. See the website

The hotel is offering a 20% discount on room rate for CBWS diners on night of 17 Oct only.

Please note that due to capacity limitations this is a member only event.



Berenjena Asada con Tomate y Salazón y Mejillones al Vapor con Apio (centre table)


Pieza de Buey con Patata Revolcona y setas de Temporada


Pescado Blanco de la Bahía con sus verduritas


Coca De Llanda Con Helado y Salsa de Chocolate

Price – Members only €32.50 a head. Please bring the correct cash on the night.

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

Reservations no later than the deadline 12.00 noon on Friday 11th October, 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.


With good wishes,

Places will be allocated by a draw from the bag

Therefore there is no need for early arrival to secure your places.


This will allow the committee to arrange seating and tables.


Andrew Johnson – President Tel: 96 583 2111