Just in time for the holidays, on December 7, the 3rd annual Manila Uncorked gathers together more than 25 of the country’s top wine suppliers to showcase over 300 wines, including premium bottles, from around the world. Open to the public, guests simply register online to get their pick of the more than 300 wines to sample to their heart’s content. But 300-plus wines are a daunting amount to try, and you’ll likely get lost among the labels unless you’re equipped with sommelier-level wine knowledge.
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While there is an overwhelming amount of wines to choose from, the best part about this event is that the sommelier members of the Philippine Sommelier Association (PSA) are on hand to help guide guests through the wine tastings.
Befitting the PSA’s objectives in wine education and support, Manila Uncorked 2019 will hold wine flights or tastings guided by their sommelier members. Guests will also get the chance to taste and learn about sake, the Japanese rice wine that has been gaining in popularity in the Philippines. Other wine-related activities include a Chef Throwdown where two chefs have a friendly battle to create the best dish to match a wine, as well as a Blind Tasting Challenge moderated by special guest Luis de Santos, the first Filipino Master Sommelier.
With wine, there has to be food, and Manila Uncorked will be offering Japanese, Indian, Spanish, American, and French bites provided by Chuck’s Deli, Dusit Hospitality Management College, dusitD2 The Fort, Raintree Restaurants, Ricksha Streetside Tandoor, Terry’s, and Txanton.
Those interested can choose between two types of tickets. A regular ticket priced at P1,200 lets you taste over 300 wines as well as sign up for any of the wine sessions happening simultaneously with the tasting. A VIP ticket priced at P1,800 offers the same inclusions as a regular ticket, plus a VIP tasting of more premium wine selections, a chance to join a Masterclass conducted by Luis de Santos, and a chance to participate as a food taster in the Chef Throwdown. Note that the wine suppliers at Manila Uncorked will be offering special discounts on wine bottles exclusive to the event.
Participating wine suppliers include AWC, Artisan Cellars, Brankinho Trading, Boca Juan Filipinas, Brumms, Don Revy, Estate Wine, Forth & Tay, Gurkka.com, Handclaar Corp., Happy Living, Le Cellier, Liquid Gold, Moët Hennessy, Philippine Wine Merchants, Planet Grapes, Premium Wine Exchange, Sommelier Selection, Terry’s, Titania Wine Cellar, The Wine Club, Wine Depot, Wine Story Academy, Winery Philippines, Zen Asia.
Major sponsors for Manila Uncorked 2019 include dusitD2 The Fort Manila as the official residence partner, Vintec and Cellar Solutions as the official wine preservation partners, Schott Zwiesel distributed by Garden Barn Inc. as the official glass sponsor, Evian Water, Badoit Water, Santa Vittoria Water, Vittorio Coffee, and media partners ABS-CBN, ANCX, Metro Channel, Metro.Style, and WhenInManila.com.
Manila Uncorked 2019 will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019, 4pm to 9pm, at dusitD2 The Fort, 6 McKinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City. Tickets are available online at http://bit.ly/ManilaUncorked2019
Artisan Cellars and Terry’s photos by Chris Clemente