How Do You Find the Right Wine For You?

The now-defunct Chocolate Kiss Cafe inside the University of the Philippines in Diliman used to serve calamansi juice, and the concoction came with its very own supply of honey. I put as much honey as I wanted while my friends did the same so we can all reach our personal Goldilocks zone. It was nice…

9 Films That Had Us Hankering For Virginia Blush

Almost two years ago, when the cities and towns of the world were on lockdown, the team here at Basi del Diablo had nothing else to do but to watch films at home. Okay, okay, I will only speak for myself. I had nothing else to do but to watch films at home and drink…

Bloody Basi Maria?

Inspired by the geniuses behind Cella Vie in Vienna, I started making cocktails. My first project is a glass of Bloody Basi Maria. This is a less potent version of the Bloody Mary and just like my first novel (what?), it is not traumatising. In fact, it is refreshing and tolerable for someone who does…

Ambaristo, Jokes, and Dinner Parties

I rarely give gifts because I am forgetful but when I do remember to get something, I always end up grabbing a bottle of Ambaristo. And the recipients are always my cousins. I could always choose the Basi Maria because my Lola Maria is also their grandma but my cousins are different. They are a…

My Mother and the Basi Named After Her

It is shortly after 11am and we just finished quality checks for the Basidina. This is among my favourites, not because it was named after mum, but because its chief ingredient Chardonnay is easy to work with. My dear mother Dina, rest her soul, was easy to work with, too. No fuss, no frills –…

Basi del Diablo Winemaker Talks Maria

I have finally lost the plot because I now keep sharing moments of my winemaking life with all of you and complete with almost narcissistic selfies, too! I am now back in the cellar to pick up a few more bottles of Basi Maria for the shop. I unfortunately do not look like my Lola…

Pancake Fiesta with Basi Maria

The pancake fiesta is not yet over! Pancakes are what their toppings make them. We actually added homemade chocolate syrup to some of our pancakes yesterday so we can try them with our cabernet sauvignon Basi Maria. Sadly, no photos were taken of that little venture because everyone seemed so hungry. Basi Maria went well…

Virginia Blush and Pancakes? Yes!

Pancakes with maple syrup can be tricky if you are looking to pair them with wine but if you don’t feel like drinking wine at the moment, you can try it with black tea or a liqueur muscat. Pairing these pancakes with a semi-sparkling rosé, preferably one with a touch of sweetness, is acceptable for…

Virginia Blush and Pam’s Fluffy White Cake

Since it’s the birthday of our not-so-little dogs Lucio, Mickey, and Hugger and the birthmonth of their baby sister Quib, we had to get cake from Pam’s. Dogs are family and they deserve the best. I had a hard time looking for someone who can make this classic. My oven already gave up on me…

Picking the Right Wine for Ham

e been getting a lot of ham-wine pairing questions lately and I thought I should share a few tips with you so you can prepare the right wine for specific types of ham.