November 2015

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October Tasting

Restaurant Abiss in Calpe was the venue for the October tasting which, on this occasion, was a Past Presidents Selection.   The Abiss is becoming one of the Society’s favoured venues, despite its restriction on numbers which makes it a member’s only occasion, because of the excellent food and this time was no exception. 

Previously Past Presidents have selected whatever wine they wished.   This time however I set the challenge to those presenting the reds to choose a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, that year being an excellent harvest. Little did I know that as 2010 was so good it was very difficult to obtain these wines as they had quickly sold out!   However our Past Presidents, through their experience and initiative, sourced their wines.  

First came the whites and in the spirit of my ruling for the reds, Andrew Johnson decided to select Sauvignon Blanc, the grape of Sancerre, Bordeaux Blancs and New Zealand Marlborough’s.   He presented two wines from the same age, same region and same alcohol content with the aim of drawing a comparison between them.   Gordon Sellars then gave a short dissertation on Cabernet Sauvignon and the link between this grape and Sauvignon Blanc before presenting his wine.   The other two reds were presented by Gaby Ferenczy and Keith Pacey.

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


Wines tasted October 2015 Prices Average
1 Montespina Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Avelino Vegas, DO Rueda €7.70 86.9
2 Finca La Colina 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Vinos Sanz, D.O Rueda €14.80 88.8
3 Finca Antigua Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, D.O La Mancha  €5.95 86.9
4 Castell de Raimat Cabernet Sauvignon 2010,  D.O. Costers del Segre                                                                                                €11.21 89
5 Marques de Griñon CS 2010 , Pagos de Familia, Pago Dominio de Valdepusa            €22.45            93  €22.45 92.2

A full report on the 15th October tasting can be found on the Society’s Web Site by clicking on:

Autumn Wine Trip

39 members participated in our Autumn wine trip where we visited 3 bodegas including a Vino de Pago in Requeña which is a bodega with special characteristics which causes it to “stand alone” from other wineries within a DO.  There are only 17 bodegas in Spain within this category. We also visited a Cooperative in DO Manchuela who supply Marks & Spencer in the UK, and Bodegas Iniesta founded by the Barcelona footballer and captain of the Spanish National Team Andres Iniesta. Please read the full report on the website.   We enjoyed some excellent wines reflected by a group spend of €4200!

For those of you who are UK based Bodegas Iniesta has contacted us to facilitate the purchase of their wine through their UK distributor TWAITES & JONES. They have offered Society members a 20% discount on their wines delivered in the UK only. This is extremely generous as they are very keen to promote Spanish wines in the UK. Those of you who did not come on the wine trip will find their wines excellent value on a price quality basis.    Visit and if you wish to order please contact Gaby or myself for the Promotional code.


Members are rquested to pay their 2016 subscritions (20€) as soon as possible, either by cash at the November tasting, or by bank transfer see for bank details.

November tasting

The November Tasting will take place at Ca La Iaia on the 19th November when wines from Bodega Viñaelena from DO Jumilla will be presented.

This bodega has been selected for it’s innovation in producing some interesting wines cultivated across the DO from a number of growers who formed this company.

As Jumilla is a red wine DO the emphasis in this tasting is focused on reds, however some members only prefer white wines so we will be offering a good white from another DO as the welcome drink and during the tasting. 



Empanadilla de Patata


Ensalada Murciana

Zarangollo ( Revuelto de Calabazin )

Pelota de Puchero



Choto al Ajillo – Baby Kid


Bacalao Huertano – Cod.


Pan de Calatrava

The cost per member is 30€ and for guests 35€

Dress Code.   Members are reminded that the dress code for tastings in the autumn is jacket and optional tie or smart casual

Reservations and Choice of Main Course, please to: PENNY FLOODGATE Tel.  96 579 4996 or email Reservations no later than the deadline 12.00 noon on Monday 16th 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: 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 Ca La Iaia, and for sure enjoying some interesting wines.

Best regards,

Tim Fawle, President