Frequency: Monthly: normally 2nd Thursday at 17:30 for 18:00
Group Leaders: Brian and Pat Clarke
The group normally meets on the second Thursday of the month, but we need to be flexible in order to accommodate the availability of the bodegas. We have previously enjoyed many evenings at the Bar Mediterráneo in Teulada but, after such a long break due to the Covid pandemic, we thought it would be a good opportunity to have a change and try different venues. Tastings start at 6:00 p.m., but we ask members to arrive from 5:30 p.m. in order to register and be seated. We generally finish around 8:00.
We are very fortunate to have several sponsoring bodegas who come along to present their wines. Some of these travel considerable distances to come to us and, if they find their visits are not worthwhile, they will stop supporting us. Without the bodegas, there would be no Wine Tasting group. If you enjoy the wines you taste, we would appreciate your support by making a purchase.
We also occasionally organise a coach trip to a bodega for a tour, tasting & lunch.
Dates for your Diaries:
Thursday, 2nd February. Hill Top Bar & Grill, Moraira. Bodegas Castaño.
Thursday, 9th March. Venue to be advised. Bodegas Bleda.
FORTHCOMING EVENTS – Click on the following calendar entries to read more about our forthcoming events:
Tastings will be notified to group members by email. We normally have a group meal in June and December.
The cost of each event will be notified to members by e-mail and this includes a raffle ticket.
Tables will be set out for no more than 8-10 people. It is free seating, so you can choose to sit with friends or take the opportunity to sit with others to make new friends. New members are made very welcome.
Our sponsoring bodegas offer wines to us at discounted prices and these are available to purchase on the night.
We will advise you by e-mail of the next meeting and, if you wish to book a place, you should e-mail us to make a reservation. We will confirm your reservation by e-mail. Should we be fully booked, then we will add you to the reserve list and let you know. If you give us a phone number it may help for last minute changes.
If you have made a firm booking and then find that you cannot join us, please let us know as soon as possible in order that we can offer your places to other members on the reserve list. Cancellations are taken up to 12 noon on the Tuesday before the tastings. If you cancel after this time or do not show at the tasting, then you will be liable to pay the entrance fee.
To be totally fair to everyone we do not take early booking requests – they are taken in the order that e-mails are received from the main invitation email. If you know that you might not be able to access your emails, then it is fine for you to ask someone else to make a reservation in your name.
Group Members must be fully paid up members of the Moraira-Teulada U3A.
Wine Tasting Group Christmas Meal at Satari’s – December 2022(12/21/2022)-As is usual for this Festive time of the year, invites to dinners, parties and drinks with nibbles, stack up like a pack of cards on the mantelpiece, with the invite to the U3A Wine Tasting Group Christmas 'Do' being the ACE in the pack. Unbelievably, it is 3 years since the last wine tasting Christmas get together, although many have, I expect, shared Covid and 'growing older' stories over the few wine tasting soirees in the meantime. That festive,… [...]
Wine Tasting – November 2022(11/24/2022)-60 members of the Wine Tasting Group gathered at the Hill Top Bar & Grill in Moraira for the last tasting of the season before Christmas. Six wines were presented by Domingo and Franco of the Corcovo bodega in Valdepeñas - two whites, one rosado and three reds which we all enjoyed with the delicious selection of cheese and cold meats provided by the restaurant. Judging by the length of the orderly queue that formed at the end of the… [...]
Wine Tasting – October 2022(10/26/2022)-Bodegas Bleda, one of the wineries in Jumilla, has enjoyed an amazing 2022, winning no less than 25 international awards and last Thursday they kindly brought some of the winners to the Moraira-Teulada U3A wine tasting group to sample. The vivacious Micaela, ably assisted by Pedro, brought five wines - a white, a rosado and three reds - to Sabores II where Lu and his team provided tasty nibbles to complement each wine. With prices ranging from just 4.25€ to 5.55€… [...]
Visit to Bodegas Castaño in Yecla – 15th September 2022 – A Review by a ‘Wine Tasting Trip Virgin’(9/18/2022)-I joined 51 U3A members for this trip to the Bodegas Castaño in Yecla, where several vineyards grow in around 500 hectares, in beautiful Spanish countryside. The Castaño family founded this Bodega in 1950, to develop and delight in the Art of the Monastrell, a unique grape variety that creates some beautiful wines with a special Mediterranean mineral character, which I learnt is derived from the dry farming process of the grape growing in the very stony limestone ground along… [...]
Wine Tasting – June 2022(6/8/2022)-Who knew? White wine and blue cheese. Perfecto! I like to learn something new each time I attend the Moraira-Teulada U3A wine tasting group and I did. It looks like I've been getting it wrong for well over half a century. The lesson came at the final tasting of the season, held at the Hill Top in Moraira with six Corcovo wines brought from Valdepeñas by Domingo on his 15th visit to the tasting group down the years. Domingo's ebullient wingman,… [...]
Wine Tasting – March 2022(3/18/2022)-There was a new face present when the Moraira Teulada U3A wine tasting group met up recently for their latest exploration of the joys of the grape. Bodegas Bleba in Jumilla sent along their newest recruit, the effervescent and knowledgeable Micaela, who has been with the bodega just four weeks but has 12 years of experience in the wine industry. She brought with her two whites, one rosado - all new 2021 vintage - plus two more aged reds for the 60… [...]
Wine Tasting – February 2022(2/22/2022)-Sixty members of the Moraira-Teulada Wine Group enjoyed a very well attended meeting at a new venue, The Hill Top bar and restaurant in Moraira. They were welcomed by Pat & Brian Clarke, the leaders of the wine group. On this occasion, the wines were supplied by the Corcovo wine Company which was established in 1994 by Juan Antonio Megia and his family when they founded Bodega Megia e Hijos following their acquisition of one of the century old wineries… [...]
Wine Tasting at Sabores II – November 2021(11/17/2021)-The wine tasting group was treated to a presentation from Domingo and Franco of Bodegas Corcovo from Valdepeñas. Domingo gave us facts about grape varieties, colour, aroma and flavours, Franco extolled each wine´s virtues , bursting with enthusiasm. He so clearly loves his wines! We tasted two whites and three reds, (the Rosado had sold out unfortunately for us) and there was lively discussion around each table on preferences. It was a very enjoyable evening, held this time at Sabores… [...]
Wine Tasting Group go ‘on tour’ – October 2021(10/20/2021)-It's been a long, long time but finally the Moraira-Teulada U3A wine tasting group had something to celebrate last Thursday, 14th October 2021. For the first time since the pandemic hit, way back in the early spring of last year, members were able to gather for a tasting and for a change the group has gone 'on tour'. Instead of gathering in Bar Mediterráneo in Teulada as in past years, organisers Pat and Brian Clarke chose as a first stop… [...]
Wine Tastings Recommence(9/9/2021)-We are pleased to let you know that we will be resuming our regular wine tasting events in October. We have previously enjoyed many evenings at the Bar Mediterráneo in Teulada but, after such a long break, we thought it would be a good opportunity to try different venues. Our first evening will be on Thursday, 14th October at the BeniAsia restaurant in Benitachell and the restaurant will be providing a selection of mixed starters for every table. You must… [...]
Private Wine Tastings Recommence – May 2021(6/2/2021)-As we are now allowed to meet in groups of up to 10, the Moraira-Teulada U3A Wine Group Leaders, Brian and Pat Clarke, invited four couples from the group to join them for a private wine tasting at their home in Moraira on 27th May. The ladies provided some delicious ‘nibbles’ and Franco from the Corcovo bodega in Valdepeñas presented 7 wines – 3 whites, 3 reds and 1 rosado. It was the first opportunity we have had to taste… [...]
Wine Tastings Return – October 2020(10/10/2020)- A delightful return to wine tasting has finally been achieved by the Moraira-Teulada U3A wine group, albeit not as we have known it. Coronavirus forced the halting of the regular monthly meetings in the spring and there are no signs of the regulations being changed any time soon. But wine group favourite Franco Valori, who twice a year presents the very best of Corcovo wines from Valdepeñas, showed that where there is the will, he will find… [...]
Bodegas Castaño makes 3rd visit to group – February 2020(2/23/2020)-Eighty members of the Teulada-Moraira U3A Wine Tasting Group attended the February meeting at Bar Mediterráneo in Teulada. Group leader Brian Clarke introduced Raquel, from Bodegas Castaño, who was making her third visit to the group. The bodega is situated in Yecla, a small town in the north of the province of Murcia, which has a clear different microclimate compared with the rest of the province of Murcia, with minimum temperatures around -4/6C in normal winters and over 40C in… [...]
The first Wine Tasting of 2020(1/20/2020)-The Wine Tasting group held its first meeting of 2020 on the 16th January. As there was no meeting in December, it was an excellent opportunity for members to refill depleted cellars after the Christmas and New Year festivities. Vicent Monfort, a regular contributor to the group, brought a total of 8 wines from his bodegas to taste, most from the MontSant region. His first offering was a cava, unusual in that it had no labelling on the bottle. Why?… [...]
Wine Group Christmas Celebration – November 2019(12/4/2019)-An amazing 78 people squeezed into Premium Plus for the wine tasting group's Christmas celebration. There was even a small space for singer, Barry Peters, to entertain us. After a welcome glass of cava on arrival, we all found seats and the staff efficiently worked miracles getting such a large number supplied with tasters, three delicious courses, sorbet, and of course wine........ but no spitting out on this occasion! The most popular menu choices were garlic prawns, succulent roast turkey… [...]
Wine Group tastes wine from Valdepeñas – November 2019(11/17/2019)-Heavy snow and sub zero temperatures en route from Valdepeñas did not prevent the Moraira-Teulada U3A wine group enjoying a brilliant November tasting. Domingo, from the ever popular Corcovo Bodega in Valdepeñas, feared he might not complete the 430 km journey when the weather closed in around him. However, he made it through with his precious cargo to join locally based Franco Valori in presenting six wines on what was his 12th visit. The two whites, one Rosado and three… [...]
From Jumilla with Love – October 2019(10/13/2019)-It was a case of 'From Jumilla with Love' when the Moraira-Teulada U3A wine group gathered for their October tasting. Six wines - two whites, a rosado and three reds - were presented for our approval by Bodegas Bleda in Jumilla. The delightful Maria Ríos, assisted by colleague Juan Fran, made yet another return to Bar Mediterráneo with some of the bodega's most popular wines , which she assured club members were from vines "grown with our love". The reds and… [...]
Wine Group visits Bodegas Castaño – September 2019(9/17/2019)-Torrential rain as we motored down the AP7 did not bode well for a day out which included a tour of a vineyard during the harvesting season. However, the Rain Gods were kind and the Moraira-Teulada U3A Wine Group suffered nothing more than a slight dampening on their season opening day trip to Bodegas Castaño in Yecla some two hours away. A brilliant, highly informative and enjoyable day was had by all and the coach was loaded with a goodly… [...]
Wine Group Dinner at BeniAsia – June 2019(6/16/2019)-The Moraira-Teulada U3A Wine Tasting group has celebrated another successful season of tastings with an end of term dinner. Some 80 members met up at the popular BeniAsia in Benitachell where Fan Fan and her team surpassed themselves with a great spread of delicious food and brilliant service. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and the chatter went on late into the night. Heartfelt thanks and a round of applause were given to Pat and Brian Clarke for all their hard work… [...]
Corcovo – April 2019(4/13/2019)-“Down the Hatch” with members of Moraira U3A Wine Group Eighty members of the Moraira-Teulada wine group enjoyed an evening’s wine tasting with six wonderful wines offered by Bodegas J.A. Megia y Hijos who produce the very popular Corcovo range of wines. The first wine offered was a Verdejo white which gained universal approval from all those tasting. This was followed by another excellent white Moscatel, a Rosado and three very enjoyable reds which included a lovely 2014 Reserva. The… [...]
Bodegas Bleda from Jumilla – March 2019(3/16/2019)-On Thursday, 14th March 80 members of the Wine Tasting group were treated to a visit from representatives from the Bodegas Bleda winery in Jumilla, Murcia. This family run company was begun in 1915 and their emblematic Oro Viejo won the Gold Medal at the Barcelona Universal Exposition in 1929. During the 40's they were already exporting most of their production, mainly throughout Europe. Currently, Bodegas Bleda is well known for producing young wines and high quality vintage wines. The… [...]
Bodegas Castaño present their wines in February 2019(2/24/2019)-On 15th February 79 dedicated wine drinkers tasted some of the fine wines of Bodega Castaño of Yecla, a small town in the north of the province of Murcia. Bodegas Castaño is one of the most important wine producers in south-east Spain thanks to its tradition, its achievements with native varieties and its adaptation of foreign grapes to the climate and soil of the area. The Castaño family has been producing their wines for at least three generations, concentrating on the… [...]
“Cheers” to the Wine Tasting Group – November 2018(12/4/2018)-The Wine Tasting Group held their Christmas dinner at Satari's restaurant in Moraira, on Wednesday, 28th November. Pat and Brian Clarke, group leaders, hosted and organised a super evening of excellent food, wine and entertainment. There were several choices on the delicious three course menu, including the traditional Christmas fare. The friendly and attentive service from the staff complemented the festive atmosphere. Part of the evening's entertainment was the free draw for various raffle prizes. John Hopwood proposed the vote… [...]
Moraira-Teulada U3A Wine Group members enjoy yet more wonderful wines!(9/16/2018)- Following a very successful and enjoyable day's visit of members of the Moraira-Teulada U3A Wine Group to the Bodegas Castaño winery at Yecla in the north of Murcia in June, the leaders of the Wine Group, Brian and Pat Clarke, invited the winery to make a presentation at their monthly wine appreciation meeting in September 2018. Raquel Ortuño, assisted by her colleague Noelia, from Bodegas Castaño gave a very informative presentation of the different wines to the 80 members of… [...]
Wine Group visit Bodegas Castaño in Yecla – June 2018(7/2/2018)-Many members of Moraira-Teulada U3A wine tasting group went to bed last week dreaming of just what 3,000,000 bottles of wine would look like. That is the impressive annual production of Bodegas Castaño, a two hour drive away at Yecla in the Murcia region, which was chosen for a group visit. Quite how long it would take the 53 tasters on the trip to get through even a day's production was a mind-boggling question, but 3,000,000 bottles! Thankfully with 90%… [...]
First Wine Tasting of 2018(2/11/2018)-by Rosemary Sheppard On what was probably the coldest day of the year so far, 77 stalwart members of the Moraira-Teulada U3A Wine Tasting Group gathered at the Bar Mediterráneo in Teulada on Thursday, February 8th, for the first tasting evening of 2018. Once again, we were pleased to welcome our good friends Jaime and Laura from Bodegas Bleda, based in Jumilla, Murcia, who had brought along for our delectation a selection of their fine wines - two blancos, a… [...]
A Christmas Meal for Wine Tasters – 5th December 2017(12/7/2017)-by Rosemary Sheppard On the bar of Satari's Restaurant in Moraira sits a little Santa Claus with a flashing nose. He leans against the warmth of the coffee machine and watches everything about him. Last Tuesday afternoon he realised that something special was happening. The staff were moving tables together and then were laying them, complete with festive candles, pretty crackers and party poppers. Suddenly, two strangers arrived who, Santa discovered, were called Pat and Brian Clarke and these two speedily… [...]
A Wine Tasting Weekend in La Mancha – September 2017(10/21/2017)-It's not often that one gets up at 6 a.m. to go wine tasting but when the tasting is to be in Valdepeñas in La Mancha that was exactly what twenty eight members of the Moraira-Teulada U3A Wine Tasting Group found themselves doing at the end of September. Dawn was breaking as we boarded our coach in Moraira and began the journey to our destination in the expert hands of our driver, Pepe. After a couple of stops for coffee… [...]
First Wine Tasting of the new Season – September 2017(9/19/2017)-by Rosemary Sheppard The first meeting of the Wine Tasting Group after the summer break took place on Thursday, 14th September at the Bar Mediterráneo in Teulada. 79 members, including 13 people new to the Group, gathered to taste seven different wines offered by our old friend Vicent Monfort who was presenting wines from different bodegas in the Montsant region (Montsant DO) in Catalonia: two whites, a rosado and four reds. Judging by the number of people queuing up to place orders… [...]
Final Wine Tasting of the Season – June 2017(6/10/2017)-There was a wonderful climax to end the season of the U3A Moraira Teulada wine tasting group on Thursday 8 June, when 78 members gathered at Satari's Restaurant in Moraira for a 'Pairings Evening'. 6 Wines from Bodegas Leopoldo in Ondara were selected for us to sample, and Abi Satari in his usual innovative style created 6 tapa style tastings to complement each wine. Steve from Bodegas Leopoldo gave us interesting information about each wine as we paired the wine… [...]
Wine Tasting Group – May 2017(5/21/2017)-Wine Tasting can give you a bit of an appetite. Not only that, it’s probably advisable to have a few little savoury snacks on hand when you are trying different wines – it adds to your enjoyment of the wines themselves and it stops you getting quite so tiddly as you might otherwise do. Usually, those who attend the monthly meeting of the Moraira-Teulada Wine Tasting Group held in the Bar Mediterráneo in Teulada, bring along their own ‘nibbles’ but… [...]
Wine Tasting Group’s Christmas Celebration(12/12/2016)-Seventy eight wine tasters assembled at Satari´s restaurant in Moraira on the evening of Tuesday 6th December. This time, however, it was not to 'taste' wine but to enjoy the first dinner dance under the auspices of Pat and Brian Clarke, the new leaders of the Wine Tasting Group. Having been welcomed with a glass of cava, members were invited to pull Christmas crackers and pop party poppers and everyone was soon well and truly into the Christmas spirit. The… [...]
Wine Tasting(11/7/2010)-Brian and Pat Clarke Frequency: Monthly: normally 2nd Thursday at 17:30 for 18:00 Venue: Various Group Leaders: Brian and Pat Clarke The group normally meets on the second Thursday of the month, but we need to be flexible in order to accommodate the availability of the bodegas. We have previously enjoyed many evenings at the Bar Mediterráneo in Teulada but, after such a long break due to the Covid pandemic, we thought it would be a good opportunity to have a… [...]