#Mangkhut: A Message from Salucop Group

We can plant trees again and we can always rebuild. What we can never replace are the lives claimed by the storm and the landslides and flooding that came after. We know that this message will not bring them back. We also know that words of comfort have never comforted the bereaved but even if this is so, please know that we will do what we can to ensure that your children and ours will not experience a force this destructive once our generation leaves this world.

No Wine for Ilocanos as Filipinos Brace for Ompong Landfall

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos signed an Executive Order that prohibits the use of alcohol during typhoon Ompong. As the province and the rest of Luzon are bracing for what is described as a “super typhoon,” the Governor’s Office released a liquor ban advisory for Ilocos Norte residents. Basi del Diablo Wines and Salucop Group…

Virginia Blush Now Available at Saigon Corner PH

Vietnamese restaurant Saigon Corner PH now carries Basi del Diablo Wines’ Virginia Blush and the owners are pairing the wine with their signature rolls and other wonderful dishes. The two companies are now working together to promote authentic Vietnamese cuisine and Filipino wine, a pairing akin to the friendship between Filipinos and their Vietnamese neighbours….

Alcohol Improves Memory, Study Finds

Alcohol helps improve memory, according to researchers from the University of Exeter. While the cause is not fully understood, Professor Celia Morgan told the Telegraph that their “research not only showed that those who drank alcohol did better when repeating the word-learning task, but that this effect was stronger among those who drank more.” The study…

The Beginner’s Guide to Basi Wine

Marco Polo once said that sugarcane wine is “very good and it quickly makes you drunk” but this age-old wine is not very well known which led me to writing a quick guide on sugarcane wine, particularly basi, sugarcane wine produced in the Philippines. Basi is called sugarcane wine in the Philippines. There are various…

Couples Who Get Drunk Together Stay Married Longer, Study Finds

A research project spanning a decade found that married couples who drink together stay married longer while those who do not have the same drinking habits are not as happy. The study led by Dr. Kira Birditt of the University of Michigan compiled interviews of over 2,7000 married couples and the results were later published in…

The Wine Beginner’s Guide to White Wine

The first white wine dates back to 7,500 years ago, according to a book written by Philippe Testard-Vaillant. Today, this antique invention is still loved by many. In fact, over 30 million tonnes of white wine was produced in 2015 alone and this worldwide production has increased since. White wine is a clear wine made from…

It’s a Beautiful Night for De La Bodega

It’s only Wednesday. We know. But it’s such a beautiful night here in the province and I can’t help but drink a glass of sweet white wine. Sipping a glass of chilled De La Bodega is a great way to cap a nice dinner with family. In fact, it’s so good that I imagine it…

Thinking of buying wine for your Valentine or are you buying one for your broken heart? It doesn’t matter, we have wine. It’s never too early to be ready for Valentine’s Day and it doesn’t matter if you’re celebrating it with someone special or on your own. Either way, you need wine. Beautiful Dessert Wines…

It’s a Good Day to Drink Basidina

January is a good month to get your hands on a bottle of Basidina. This crisp white wine from Basi del Diablo was named after my late mother Dina. Her birthday is on the 28th of this month and to celebrate, all Basidina orders will get a discount. Pairing Notes This is the first in…