South African Wine Tasting Kind-of-Night at Planet Grapes

Monday, November 30, 2015

As I grow older, the more I like different tasting wine, gone with the days that I only savor sweet-tasting red wine that we always had during Christmas and New Year’s eve. Now, that I’ve tasted different kinds of wines – from sparkling wines to different kind of wines that came from different countries that only Planet Grapes caters. Well, I must say, life is getting better this time around. With that said, let me share with you the South African Wine Tasting Kind-of-Night at PlanetGrapes that happened weeks ago.

Wine enthusiasts were whisked off to South Africa to savor some of the best known grape varieties, during the “South African Wine Tasting” event at Planet Grapes - Shangri-La Mall branch. Alex Dale, special guest-wine maker who founded The Winery of Good Hope, led the Planet Grapes wine and food pairing event. He is instrumental in the company’s ascent to the internationally recognized label it is today.

The Winery of Good Hope

South African wines are making a positive global impression. The wines have not escaped the attention of discerning wine drinkers in Manila, who find that the wines pair well with local cuisines. The aromatic, fresh and innovative wines are highly suitable to the Filipino palate. Surprisingly, taste so great! Radford Dale is a winery that aims to produce natural and balanced wines that reflect the originality of their own terroirs. Radford Dale wines, are grown, matured and blended on the The Winery of Good Hope property, one of the bigger wine farms in  Stellenbosch, and home to Land of Hope, Vinum Africa and The Winery of Good Hope labels. The Radford Dale takes pride in using traditional, natural viticulture and wine-making methods at their cellar on the Helderberg Mountain.

 Planet Grapes - the wine without the drama.


Radford Dale, the winery of good hope. 

 wine-tasting


... paired with Pinoy food. 


the sumptuous feast


cheers!

Planet Grapes’ wine tasting event served as confirmation that some of the most elegant and magnificent wines are produced in that part of the world.

During the wine-tasting occasion we were able to sip: The Renaissance of Chenin Blanc 2012, a wine that combines freshness, minerality, and pear & apple fruit flavors; The Winery of Good Hope Unoaked Chardonnay 2013, an easy-to-drink yet classy wine with nice citrus zest and mineral tang (my favorite!); The Winery of Good Hope Bush Vine Pinotage 2012, with red cherries, violets and juicy palate, that finishes with balance, length, minerality and some funky spice; The Winery of Good Hope Mountainside Shiraz 2012, which has bold flavor, varietal spiciness, balance, individuality, and freshness; and Vinum Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, with deep and dark aromas, earthy tones and spicy notes.

wines are best paired with these Filipino foods

The South African wines complemented the delicious Filipino foods served by Planet Grapes, including dimsum, tenderloin salpicao, squid balls, BBQ pork spare ribs with adobo rice. The sublime culinary concoctions are prepared in an open kitchen by Executive Chef Jonathan Bautista and his team.

Planet Grapes is a hip gathering place where wine enthusiasts as well as budding young drinkers gravitate to savor wine and great Pinoy comfort foods. Embark on an exciting journey to the world of wines, and try commendable South African options – at Planet Grapes.

Thank you for a great night, Planet Grapes!

This modern wine shop-cum-bar-and-restaurant offers wine without the drama.  Customers can find wines they love, one grape at a time, with flexible options for different serving sizes of wine. The state-of-the-art Italian enomatic machines allow guests to sample sip, half or full glass of different wines from the major wine regions of the world.

Planet Grapes utilizes temperature-controlled containers and stores each bottle at the perfect temperature and angle in its cellars and shops to retain freshness of the wines. Thus, I assure you guys that having a night spent at Planet Grapes is worthy enough for your time.

For more information, please email info@planetgrapes.com.ph and visit http://planetgrapes.com.ph.

Planet Grapes is located at the following location:

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Planet Grapes
Tuscany at McKinley Hill
Tel No.: (02) 551-3713

New Wing of Ayala Center Cebu
Tel. Nos.: 032-266-0526 or 032-262-0515

Shangri-La Mall
Tel Nos.: (02) 531-8207 or (02) 532-2950

River Park, Alabang
Tel Nos.: (02) 831-9438 or (02) 831-9439
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Meanwhile, plan your travels ahead and score big discounts!



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2 Comments

  1. This looks like so much fun. Is it too early in the day to start drinking wine?

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    1. Yes it is! As long as you had your breakfast, that will be fine. :)

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