March report for the U3A Munch Bunch (Formerly Gastronomy Group)

Bodegas Bentomiz-Sayalong – Participants: 18

We did it!!  Another successful lunch outing and this one included delectable wine tasting and delicate canapes to accompany the various wines.  The Bodegas Bentomiz overlook the Mediterranean above Sayalonga; the panorama, spectacular even with hints of fog, added to the festive mood.

Our hostess, Clara personable and very knowledgeable, started by giving us an overview of their wine business:  Who, what, when, where such as years of operation, type of soil, why they chose the spot, types of grapes used, some they mix some not.  She gave us a guided tour of the two floor winery, very clean and modern, newly constructed by her husband and a Dutch architect friends of theirs. The new building follows traditional Bauhaus lines with maximum open space and views of the exterior giving a sense of the outdoors fusing with the indoors.  Quite attractive.  The wines are all around 13º; they run the gamet of red, rose, white and sweet and dry.  Did you know that the grape exclusive to those hills is called Rome (with an accent on the e)??.  Clara and Andre, her husband, pride themselves in producing wines that are elegant and light.  Quite clever and on the cutting edge of production and marketing (they offer sampling wines to fine eatery managements throughout Europe and exhibit their wines in classy food and wine fairs), they feature glass closures, with a silicone snapping inner rim; not corks (too ordinary).  In 2008, they started with 500 liters and are now at 5,500 with a total capacity of 10.000 liters in a few years down the line.  They export locally and internationally including Europe, Canada and the US.

Needless to say, the couple of hours provided us all with an opportunity to delight our senses while sharing lively conversations with other gourmands.

We spiced up the group meeting with the collection of written suggestions for the name change… No more GASTRONOMY.   Out of 18 participants, we had a selection of 34 names, some funnier than others such as: The Diet Starts Tomorrow; Tomato Stained Shirt; Boozy Lunch Club, The Foodies and The Tasty Tarts.  We narrowed it down to 5 finalists which were:  Gastro Gang; Saber Sabor; Munch Bunch; Sobremesa; and the Gourmet Club.  We picked one out from a salad bowl which was:  Munch Bunch.  And so we are!!

We briefly discussed:

1. Our starting time of 11am which sounds early for some.  We all agreed that the type of venue would eventually dictate our meeting time.  So  11am isn’t carved in stone.

2.  Our plans for the next 3 months.

So, stay tuned for next month: Friday April 18 in Periana’s Mayorales.  I will be sending further details next week and ask you to commit then.

Barry and Geoff invited 4 friends who now want to become U3A members;  We’ll coordinate the process with Helen.  We want to thank the group for following thru and sharing good humor and cheer.  It was truly a delightful occasion.  Happy Spring to all and we’ll see you on  April 18th.

Maggie and Norma

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