Monday, October 24, 2016

“Noble Grape” @ The 16th Grand Wine Experience

Did you know that there are more than 5,000 known grape varieties in the world today?

Though only a few is chosen and considered to the class of “Noble Grape” based on its reputation, source, and quality. They are the hallmarks of the upcoming 16th Grand Wine Experience!

Come November 4, 2016, at The Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Hotel Resorts World Manila, Philippines the Grand Wine Experience once again prevails as the unforgettable night for
wine enthusiasts, experts and novice, alike.

With over 500 eminent wines and spirits to choose from and a buffet as lavish as it is endless, wine connoisseurs and epicureans will bask in the majesty of the country’s most prestigious and most extravagant wine and spirits event.

I'm not going to miss this year's biggest event and so do you! For 15 years, and counting, the Philippine Wine Merchants have proved that there is a growing market for wines and spirits in the country as many of their guests in the past have also been growing in exponential with particular interest in wine and beverage pairings. Now on their 16th year, they have invited more merchants, expecting new guests, and of course, new wines and spirits to try, in overflow!

The Philippine Wine Merchants (PWM) was founded in 1975 by Ralph Lim Joseph. Together
with his three brothers- Robert, Ronnie, and Raymond, the Joseph brothers had successfully run the business becoming one of the biggest wine importers and distributors in the country with strong market presence in both on-premise and off-premise sales.

As a prelude to the Grand Wine Experience, together with select members of the media, I was able to get a gist of what's about to transpire in the event, but I'm sure it's nothing compared to The 16th Grand Wine Experience.

Great wine paired with Wine Museum's food and of course good company, just some factors why I enjoyed the Bloggers' Wine Wednesday.  It was held at the cozy Wine Museum in Pasay City.

Among the 'Wine Wednesdays' featured wines and spirits were Camus VSOP, Hennessy XO, Glenmorangie 10YO, Patron Tequila Silver, Alfonso Light, Johnnie Walker Red and Johnnie Walker Black, Montes Cab Sauv, Montes Chardonnay, Montgras Reserva Carmenere, Yalumba Y Series Chardonnay, Gossips Moscato Sweet Lips, Guntrum Riesling, Stolichnaya Red, and more.

Can't wait to experience the GREAT WINE EXPERIENCE?

It will be beyond the usual wine dinner as the grand scale of overflowing wines and spirits
will be matched with a sumptuous buffet of food for your wine-pairing fantasy that can only
be fulfilled in this one-of-a-kind affair. The value-for-money tickets are available at the price
of Php 5,000 per person.

You can register here:

Moreover, ticket holders have access to the prestigious masterclasses that will be held at MGB Executive Rooms 1, 2, 3, also at Marriott Grand Ballroom, Resorts World Manila. 

Notable speakers include Adam Knox (The Dalmore Resident Whisky Expert), Maurizio Bertacchini (Gruppo Italiano Vini Brand Ambassador), Mark Ramm (Export Manager), Christian Correa (Winemaker: Montgras Intriga), Sofia Kitouni (Asia Marketing Manager QUINTA DE MAIPO BRANDS), and Eduardo Stark (Export Manager, Montes). For advanced registration and ticket inquiries, please contact:

Philippine Wine Merchants Compound
2253 Aurora Blvd. Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines 1300
Telephone Number: (02) 853 7423

We invite you to come and celebrate with the Philippine Wine Merchants at the greatest year of The Grand Wine Experience. With the theme "Noble Grape," over 500 of the world's most notable wines and spirits will be fully ripe for drinking matched with a buffet and red carpet treatment befitting royalty.


The 15th Grand Wine Experience

The Wine Museum's Top Notched Food

Not many know that there exists in Pasay a homegrown establishment that caters specifically to wine connoisseurs who doesn't only spend time drinking with buddies but with savoring one of Manila's best kept secret.

I'm talking about The Wine Musuem.

I used to get intimidated with the resto's concept before, well, probably, then I haven't developed the appreciation for wines and spirits.  I do drop by from time to time at Ralph's, it's sister company, only the biggest wine collector and merchant in the country.

One thing I could also be proud of, being a humble citizen of Pasay is their menu.  They used to serve Mediterranean dishes but now I think they concentrated in Spanish and Filipino cuisines.

Above the cozy and romantic resto, are some rooms for bed and breakfast theme, where you can stay for the night in as low as P1,500.  Best for back-packers and those that gotten laid over by their flights, since it's 15 minutes away from the airport, both local and international.

Going back to their menu, make sure to try their Paella.  Their food is the best, probably in the whole of Pasay. They have two varieties, just go ahead and ask the staff about them.

Another must-try is their Callos a la Casa, as it is slow-cooked and traditionally prepared with it's thick tomato-based sauce and the meat, and tripes were soft to the bite.  You might want to order extra rice for this too.

These Crispy Toro, one of their best-sellers gives of that punch with it's tender meat that literally melt in your mouth as yo chew, somehow disguises itself with it's blackened outer core. One bite takes you to beefy heaven, with a savory and creamy mouthfeel when chewed.  You might want to order hot tea after, cause it's going to be hard to eat just a few.  I'm not into beef or meat, but I almost forgotten...There's always detox though and red wine to go with it.

Service is very efficient, but the wait-servers seem to lack the welcoming and gracious attitude. Hospitality-wise, they were quick to consider you and highly trained in the field.

Best also to reserve in advance, parking is ample too.

The Wine Museum Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

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