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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Overflowing BOOZE at the 15th Grand Wine Experience on November 13th at the Marriott Hotel Manila

I am very adventurous with food and even alcoholic drinks - cocktails, beer and wine. I have been trying different cocktail drinks since 2008 and I love anything with vodka and whisky. First time I had a beer when I was in Junior High and first to try a red wine when I was in college, however, I find the wine to be intimidating. Because of the rules of what not to do with wines and pretty much the basic Wine 101. I tried cooking with white wine with soups, but very rare to pair it while dining. But during the press launch of the 15th Wine Grand Experience at the Marriott Hotel Manila, I was able to dine and appreciate my meal while pairing it with red and white wines. It's my second time to experience a wine pairing event and that didn't disappoint me.

Press Release
A wine’s vintage speaks of more than just the year of harvest. It is, in essence, the headline of an article, the name of a painting, the title of a novel; one that alludes to a period of romance between the sun, rain, wind, earth and man; and tells the story of how a confluence of such disparate elements can, under just the right conditions, yield poetry in a bottle.

Since its inception at the turn of the century, the Grand Wine Experience has seen itself transform from a humble gathering of wine enthusiasts into a monumental Mecca to which bon vivants, celebrities, dignitaries, top executives and members of high society make their annual pilgrimage.
Founded by the four Joseph brothers of Philippine Wine Merchants, the Grand Wine Experience is widely regarded as the most spectacular, most lavish and most anticipated wine event of any kind in Southeast Asia.

As this year’s theme, the word ‘vintage’ carries more gravitas not just because we are hitting the 15th milestone year of the event, but also because we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the company behind it. This year also marks the move to a significantly more spacious venue, one that can cater to double the capacity of the previous Marriott grand ballroom, no easy feat, but a challenge worth taking on nonetheless.
This year’s edition of The Grand Wine Experience promises not only to up all the antes, but shatter and surpass all expectations. On November 13, 2015 at the new Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Hotel, it simply comes down to this --- you are going to have the best time of your life.

Presented by Philippine Wine Merchants and Ralphs Wines and Spirits.  Co-presented by:  Rustans Supermarket, Starbucks Coffee, Store Specialist Inc., Marriott Hotel Manila, Resorts World Manila, Future Trade International, Diageo Philippines, Moet-Hennessy Philippines, Premier Wine and Spirits, Barcino Corporation, Fly Ace Corporation, Bel Mondo Italia, Corp., Emperador Distillers, Aviver International, Best World Beverage Brands, Golden Wines, Grand Cru and Booze On Line.


  1. Wine? Booze? Yes please! I didn't even know there are wine festivals here!

  2. When it comes to pairing, wines are a bit confusing for me. But they are wonderful with steaks and fish though. Glad you had fun on this event!

  3. Could you share more details about the pairings? I'd love to about which wines go with which food. All I remember are the yummy reds Shiraz and Merlot which are good with salads or steak, then my favorite dessert wine muscato, then white wine chardonnay is perfect with seafood.

  4. I do not like alcoholic drinks so this event is not for me. I never really get the fascination of people with alcohol at all.

  5. Wow! this is a great event for wine drinkers. Sayang, I am now staying away from liquors and wines.

  6. I love wines on a moderate basis. This would be something I would really enjoy.

  7. Were you able to find your way home? LOL! Wines could be deceiving. They are cunningly sweet yet a traitor. haha you'll go tipsy if you're not used to. hehe

  8. I think that what makes sommeliers good at what they do. Knowing the best pairing takes experience. it is nice that you are able to have that wonderful experience.

  9. I am sure you would have enjoyed the free flow of wine and has a gala time at this party.

  10. Not really a fan of wine. But that steak made me crave for one. :)

  11. I really would love to experience a wine tasting someday! Big fan of cool drinks! :D

  12. I would like to know how you paired wine with different cuisines.

  13. Wow, so did you write this article when you are drunk? Hahahah...I haven't learn wine appreciation yet, so this will be interesting once I've learn how to do so.

  14. I love wine and cheese. I am interested to know more about these pairings. I hear they make the experience better. I would love to understand this more. Hmmm and wine and cheese is always a good idea.

  15. I kind of like such night event but I have to watch my drinks because I am driving.

  16. Talk about relaxation at its finest! Take me with you! :)

  17. This sounds like a great event! Awesome photos. I'd like to be there!


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