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‘We have wine almost every day’–how Etienne and Kaoru Hugels are keeping their love alive

ETIENNE and Kaoru Hugel

The veranda at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila slowly filled up with guests for a wine dinner last week. While wine from Hugel & Fils has been available here for years now, the dinner was held to reacquaint wine lovers with its range consisting mainly of white wine.

Posted: February 14th, 2014 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »

Leave room for the wine


New Year fo the family involves appetizers or tapas, delectable hams and classic cheeses more than big dishes, because we have to leave room for wine. Many times the recommendations are from my tastings throughout the year, or those that have become favorites from past wine events.

Posted: December 26th, 2013 in Columns,Food | Read More »

Wines from Rioja in Spain, food by Mikel Arriet–what a pairing to savor

BLACK shrimp spheres with aioli sauce, grilled scallops in cauliflower
cream with hints of truffle

More a food lover than a wine enthusiast, I was delighted to have been invited to “Sip and Savor,” the intimate wine-pairing event hosted by Club Punta Fuego in partnership with Wine Depot.

Posted: June 20th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Food,Headlines | Read More »

The world’s best wines can be found in a Filipino-owned vineyard

EDOUARD Miailhe brings new blood to the estate.

In Southwest France, there’s a Filipino-owned vineyard which carries some of the world’s best wines. With a Philippine banner hoisted outside, this estate has been visited by the likes of former President Gloria Arroyo, former Cabinet member Vince Perez and banker Aurelio Montinola III.

Posted: May 19th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Strictly Italian: Traditional wine paired with 4 pastas

PIO Cesare wines paired with pastas by Quartana

I consider myself fortunate to have welcomed to my home Pio Boffa—a fourth-generation winemaker of Italian descent whose family’s wine heritage dates back to the 1800s.

Posted: April 25th, 2013 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Food | Read More »

Perfect for Holy Week–three ways to cook authentic Portuguese ‘bacalao’


In the season of Lent, bacalao is the ultimate indulgence. So, when I received a text message from Chingling Tanco saying that she finally had slightly salted bacalao (Atlantic cod premium loins, the type that needs no overnight soaking and behaves more like a meaty, juicy fish steak when left whole and soft and supple when flaked), I was overly excited. More so when I found out how much they were being sold for.

Posted: March 7th, 2013 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Food | Read More »

‘Porchetta,’ dim sum, chicken wings, ‘bagnet’ in coco shrimp sauce, sushi, sausages–and Marvin Agustin cooking


Six Filipino celebrity chefs will be pitted against each other in the first ever Food Truck War, a kick-off event of the first Manila Food and Wine Festival (MFWF) to be held Feb. 22-25 at the SM Mall of Asia complex.

Posted: February 14th, 2013 in Food,Headlines | Read More »

Australian hopes for wine with more health benefits


The health properties of red wine have long been debated but an Australian biochemist believes he has created a drop so loaded with antioxidants that it could treat a range of ills.

Posted: January 22nd, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Natural wine? Serve it to the tooth fairy, say sceptics


Natural wine? Who could possibly object? But according to some experts, the unregulated use of the term ‘natural’ is misleading gullible consumers as well as polarizing the wine trade.

Posted: December 2nd, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

How to enjoy your whisky–especially if it’s the Scottish kind

HOSIE says mixing whisky with other liquors should complement and not hide the flavors that were aged to perfection.

In the highlands of Scotland, one region has been known to produce the best whisky in the world since the early 1800s. The Glenlivet region has been home to the whisky and distillery of the same name.

Posted: November 26th, 2012 in Headlines,Health and Wellness | Read More »

Chocolate perfection–and the wines to match–from Padova, Italy


I recently had the privilege of hosting a chocolatier whose esteemed lineage in the art of creating edible masterpieces spans three generations. Ciocollato connoisseur Enrico Cattapan inherited his skills from his grandfather Nazzareno and his father Orfeo Celestino. For 75 years now, the family has been supplying the quaint little stores in the Veneto region of Italy with its artisanal chocolates.

Posted: September 27th, 2012 in Columns,Food | Read More »

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  5. Almost mugged on Chino Roces Avenue
  6. How healing waters accompanied my journey of faith
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