Many Filipinos drink wine only during special occasions, usually paired with food bought in upscale delis. We’ll toast a glass during a wedding or New Year’s Eve, but when the daily 5-thirsty rolls along, we usually reach for a bottle of beer or cocktail. Well, Planet Grapes aims to change how we perceive wine drinking, starting with your favorite pulutan.
Located at Tuscany, McKinley Hill
Chicharon paired with Sauvignon Blanc
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Bottles of Red
Pork Siomai and Naked Kikiam go best with Planet Grapes' selection of bold redsWhy street food? Well, because it’s fun and unfussy. Also, in many wine-producing countries like France or Italy, wine is often enjoyed with simple working-class food and not just with aged bistecca and foie gras. By making the food familiar and approachable, Planet Grapes hopes to help educate Filipinos more about wine and how to pair them with food. This means that while you can enjoy your plate of squid balls with a bottle of Pinot Grigio, you might find that a Moscato is a better complement. Oh, and one thing about Planet Grapes is that you won’t find your suka, toyo or patis. This is because your wine will serve as the “sauce”.
Wine without the drama served with fun and unfussy foodWhile wine can be enjoyed however way you like it, there are certain ways to deepen your understanding and appreciation for this age-old tipple. Ms. Lhady Dizon outlines the basics of proper wine drinking:
Step 1: Hold the glass at the stem instead of cupping the goblet. This helps keeps the wine at the correct temperature longer. Wine is sensitive to changes in temperature, affecting their taste.
Step 3: Breathe in. Yes, stick your nose in your glass and take a slow, deep breath. 90% of you think you’re tasting is actually what you smell, which is why wine reviews are rife with aromas and bouquets. You may not immediately discern the tropical fruits, chocolate, or other flavors, but if you like what you smell, you will most likely love how it tastes. This is also an important step to know if the wine is still good or is rancid.
Step 4: Slurp it in. Take a sharp and sizeable sip of the wine and let it coat your entire tongue. This gives you an immediate taste of the wine’s different flavors. Let it stay in your mouth to really get a feel of it. Again, if you’re unsure how to do it, let the servers show you.