SPRING IN JANUARY + U3A TORREVIEJA JAN 2014 016I was delighted to be the Guest Speaker at the first of the 2014 Meetings of the Torrevieja U3A at the end of January when approximately 300 people turned up to hear a discourse on wines from the Denominaciones de Origen that ‘surround’ the coastal town of Torrevieja in the South East of Spain.

Though not as universally well-known as other wine zones in Spain, the Denominaciones de Origen: Bullas; Jumilla; Yecla; Alicante; Valencia; and Utiel-Requena all have a rich history of wine making. Modern techniques linked with traditional methods and indigenous varieties, along with increased investment and exciting innovation have made wines from these DOs well worth seeking out!

A 45 minute PowerPoint presentation was followed by a keen Question and Answer session where it became clear that there’s a lot of wine interest and knowledge within the membership.

It was also my first opportunity to wear my new IWSC apron – promoting the oldest and SPRING IN JANUARY + U3A TORREVIEJA JAN 2014 024one of the most prestigious wine competitions in the world, the International Wines and Spirits Competition.

Torrevieja U3A Members will now be looking out for the coveted IWSC Medal Stickers that winning bodegas will be placing on their wines – retail outlets please note!