Christmas Message from the CEO: 2020 Annus Horribilis

The year 2020 was disastrous and it brought misfortune to all. Lives were lost, families are still grieving, and amidst this grief, typhoons came to this country, leaving many without a roof over their heads this Christmas.  While this annus horribilis will end in the coming days, we anticipate that it might just be the…

9 Beautiful Book and Wine Pairings You’ll Love

Missing the library and your favourite book store? It may be time to start reading again and maybe even revisit some of the classics you’ve already read. If you don’t know which book to read, we prepared a list of books and their wine pairings for you. Hopefully, they will be able to keep you…

Wine and Diplomacy: A Match Made for Difficult Situations

Wine has been served in diplomatic dinners and lunches for centuries and in its capacity as the liquid welcoming mat, it has broken barriers, relaxed tense atmospheres, and has turned dry dialogues into meaningful conversations. As a winemaker, I am inclined to say that very few deals have been sealed over fruit juice or a cup of tea although the latter likely works for the English.  

Basidina in Your Stew and More

Wine and food are like lovers separated only by the limiting rules we set for ourselves or limitations such as the lack of desire to cook with wine, the lack of inclination to be slaving in the kitchen and pairing what we made with a glass of wine, and possibly, diet restrictions per the order of our GPs.

No Wine for Ilocanos During Ramon, Sarah Onslaught

The office of Ilocos Norte Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc just released Executive Order No. 36-19, effectively prohibiting the “sale, giving, offering, purchase, consumption, and serving of intoxicating drinks during the onslaught of Typhoon Ramon and Tropical Depression Sarah”.

Virginia Blush on a Plate? We Say Yes To That!

This Christmas, customers who are fond of Basi del Diablo’s rosé Virginia Blush can finally put the wine on a plate instead of a wine glass. A generous amount of wine poured onto a sizzling skillet or any other dish will always elevate one’s cooking and in this article, we will talk about incorporating Virginia Blush to soups, stews, brine, marinades, reductions, and sauces.

Dinner Party? Forget All the Wine Rules

Getting the right wine for the meals you have prepared is considered an art form but we sometimes give too much focus on what experts say that we forget  one thing: when it comes to wine, it all boils down to what we truly like and enjoy.