After taking a wine certification, the best way to keep on learning is to experience wine. So I have been attending wine events to further explore this new found passion. I’m not going to discuss my tasting notes because I believe drinking wine is a very personal and subjective experience. I’m also not an expert in this area, I just ENJOY drinking vino. Anyway here’s my take on some of Manila’s recent food and wine events:
ANGELS’ SHARE THE 14TH GRAND WINE EXPERIENCE – held at the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Hotel Resorts World Manila. This event is huge and overwhelming! The Joseph’s brought in over 500 “supernal” wines and spirits, and the interactive buffet selection was really amazing. In an event with so many choices it is best to target the premium wines, rare or hard to find, and your grand favorites. If you even attempt to try everything you might end the night extremely intoxicated. It was a well-attended “star-studded” event with a mix of trade, serious wine enthusiasts and lots of young newbies. I just had to leave when it got extremely crowded and my feet hurt from too much standing.
(photo: Sharmaine Marasigan and Chef Marko Rankel)
IPHOR’s ITALIAN COLLAVINI WINES EVENT was held at Bar Rouge of New World Hotel last November 7. Fourth generation Italian wine maker Luigi Collavini introduced his award winning wines to a more sophisticated group of wine enthusiasts. Here we drank in sequence starting with a sparkling prosecco, followed by a fruity white and then the full-bodied reds. New World Hotel’s Italian executive chef Ivan Chieregatti prepared authentic prosciutto and antipasti, cheeses and regional dishes that made me nostalgic. Diplomat Adraino Steffanuti and Gale Atienza were the perfect hosts and turned the evening into a nice and intimate gathering. After all, the best way to enjoy good wine is in good company. http://www.collavini.it (photo: Luigi Collavini and French Baker’s Jonhlu Koa)
THE STRAITS WINE COMPANY PHILIPPINE WINE FIESTA 2014 – The Straits Wine Company brought in an interesting collection last October 28 at the Green Sun Hotel in Makati. We were able to experience 30 wineries from old world France, Italy, Spain and Portugal; and new world wines from Australia, New Zealand, Chile, South Africa, Argentina and the USA . Proudly our Vatel International Hospitality Management (IHM) Benilde students assisted with the booths. Like a trade event, it was quite fun going around with our little tasting notes booklet. The culminating activity was a sumptuous food and wine pairing sit-down dinner. www.straitswine.com.ph