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Manila’s wine connoisseurs flock to Loire Valley wine dinner

By: - Columnist
/ 12:00 AM July 02, 2014

LE Cellier French Wine Selection’s Bernard Flour; Sofitel Philippine Plaza resident manager Alfredo Denage and general manager Adam Laker; Fournier Pere et Fils wine maker Claude Fournier; Spiral food and beverage director Damien Marchenay, and operations manager Tanguy Gras

FOOD magazine’s Troy Barrios, INQUIRER food columnist Micky Fenix

Manille’s wine connoisseurs flocked to La Veranda of Sofitel Philippine Plaza when Le Cellier’s Bernard Flour hosted an affair in honor of world-renowned French wine-maker, Monsieur Claude Fournier, from La Maison Fournier Père et Fils of the Loire Valley.

The dinner was an epicurean journey, featuring 10 different Fournier wines with remarkable heritage paired with dishes prepared by  Spiral’s 21 chefs.


Anjou Domaine des Forges 2010 was paired with roasted Peking duck and rib-eye Angus teppanyaki; Domaine Dozon Chinon Clos du Saut au Loup 2010 with beef in black pepper sauce from the Chinese wok and pork adobo; Coteaux du Giennois-Baum Mattheiu Coste 2005 with duck confit, orange marmalade and pork satay; and Chateau de Beauregard Saumur Cuvee Nathalie 2006 paired with lamb’s leg from churrasco.

The exclusive selection included the finest red and white wines, in fab selections of Côteaux du Layon; Sancerre; Pouilly Fumé; Muscadet Sur Lie; Anjou; Chinon; Côteaux du Giennois Agriculture Biologique and Suamur.


Trés charmant Claude Fournier discussed the wine-maker’s state-of-the-art facilities and dedication to producing only top quality wines of elegance and finesse.

LIFESTYLE Asia managing editor Paul Cana, manila-wine.com’s Romain Charpentier and Matthieu Gaillard, Sofitel Philippine Plaza PR director Yasmine Hidalgo, Maneu managing director Sebastien Marchand

CLAUDE Fournier, F&B World editor in chief Marilen, Bernard Fontanilla

“The colorful wine region of Loire Valley,” said Fournier, “is known for producing fruity and crisp wines that suit a wide array of tastes that can fit any gourmand palate from dry to sweet wines, including still whites, reds, rosés and sparkling.”

“The Loire Valley is in the heart of France and is famous for its natural beauty, magnificent châteaux and gardens, and producing only exemplary wines in every style,” Fournier added.

“It is from these harmonious combinations, enriched by a temperate climate and rich terroirs, that a highly vibrant diversity of wines is born. Known for its valued characteristics that make them perfect for contemporary taste, the region contributes to French and global culture and is listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site.”

Call Sofitel Philippine Plaza’s Yasmine Hidalgo at tel. 5515555 loc. 1935 or 0917-3092111; e-mail H6308-SM2@sofitel.com; visit www.sofitelmanila.com.

‘Wonderful World’

GLOBE senior advisor for consumer business Daniel Horan, and chief strategy officer and chief operating officer for business and intenational markets Gil Genio

Globe Telecom and Spotify teamed up to give everyone a great night of music during the “Wonderful World” gig at Globe Tower in Bonifacio Global City. The event was to coincide with a report of Globe’s first-quarter sales performance.


Music rolled along at the powerhouse happening, dahlings, attended by distinguished guests and Globe executives.

Globe’s newest offering is a consumable mobile Internet plan that offers bulk megabytes of data for browsing.

Globe president and CEO Ernest Cu noted the company’s robust performance, citing “the strong contributions of its consumer and business segments, and updates on Project Wonderful’s nation-building and culture-building pillars, where the company focused on programs to rebuild schools, homes, and livelihood, as well as enabling a service-oriented, customer-centric workforce to deliver a differentiated customer experience.”

TATTOO endorser Bamboo, Globe CEO Ernest Cu, Globe senior vice president for broadband business Gilbert Simpao

Guests had a blast as DJs Andi9 and RikiFlo took turns spinning the music, alongside the band Daddy’s Home’s mash-up performance of current hits.

“Music makes life wonderful,” said Daniel Horan, Globe senior advisor for consumer business. “With this inspiration, we celebrated the second installment of the Wonderful World with the Globe Press Round-up… And with music as backdrop, we offered our guests a wonderful experience through musically inclined brand booths, and learning sessions from the country’s top artists.”

At the end of the fun event, Globe raffled off spectacular prizes such as Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones, deluxe party packages at Red Box, Sony and Bose speakers, patron tickets to “Priscilla: Queen of the Desert” at Resorts World, VIP patron tickets to Jessie J Live in Manila, and, for the grand giveaway, a brand-new Samsung Galaxy S5.

Globe’s “Go, surf and spotify” was certainly a smashing success.

Remembering Closeup’s ‘Forever Summer’ fest

LISSA Kahayon, Patricia Prieto, Nicole Andersson, Camille Co

ENRIQUE Gil, Coleen Garcia

This year’s Closeup “Forever Summer” music festival, recently held  at the Globe Circuit grounds, was the result of months of highly publicized planning—with over 500,000 people participating on social media, mostly through Facebook and Twitter.

“After several polls and asking for everyone’s opinion on things like the theme, venue, genre  and artists, Closeup’s Forever Summer featured a hot beach-theme, electronic dance music (EDM) party set in outdoorsy Circuit Makati,” Closeup brand manager Gem Laforteza noted in a statement.

SISTERS Carla and Sam Humphries

Headlining the gig were three foreign acts led by Swedish DJ Alesso, whose sets are among the most popular at the world’s largest music festivals including Ultra Music Festival and the Electric Daisy Carnival; Turkish DJ Deniz Koyu, who specializes in progressive house and electro house, has received worldwide support from acclaimed DJs such as Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, Tiësto, Dada Life and Fedde le Grand and was named an EDM artist to watch in 2012 by MTV; and DJ Helena, the London-born, Los Angeles-based Australian artist who has just signed a worldwide deal with Sony.

Also on the bill were Pinoy DJs Ace Ramos, Mars Miranda, Martin Pulgar and Marc Naval.

Closeup Forever Summer was sponsored by Republiq, Circuit Makati, Havaianas, Greenwich, Folded & Hung, Sunnies by Charlie, MYX, Yellow Brick Media and Manila Concert Scene.

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