Wine Dinner at Smoke

Smoke Bar and Restaurant, one of the newest and hippest places to dine in Paoay, Ilocos Norte is partnering with Basi del Diablo Wines for a wine dinner on December the 8th, 2017. We’d be rocking the quaint town with beautiful and incredibly delicious dishes prepared by Chef Chris Stolk and they will be paired…

Why We Make Wine

We love the Philippines and it has always been our aim to contribute to rural development because that is where most Filipinos come from -not the busy streets of Manila.

We love Manila, the Philippine capital, just the same but for us to contribute to the country’s heart, we must supply lifeblood into its many veins.

Are You Drinking Too Much Wine?

For someone like me who has to taste wine on a regular basis, my kind of moderation could be another person’s bacchanal.


“No matter how much falls on us, we keep plowing ahead. That’s the only way to keep the roads clear.” – Greg Kincaid

Basi Puro, Pinakbet, And Bagnet

The Ilocano summers I remember are a combination of heat, humidity, long baths, and an-often-forced daily siesta. But amidst this unbearable weather, my sister and I would still manage to enjoy the day. Mangoes in large woven baskets would arrive in the morning, and they would be left to stew in the heat until they…

10 Things That Would Happen Each Christmas If Santa Claus Exists

Santa Claus is known around the world by children as old as 90 but unfortunately, this endearing fellow with his white beard and flaming red clothes has never been seen in any available chimney in places where those things are built. While St. Nicholas existed, he is long gone but the toy dispenser extraordinaire based on…

For The Love Of Pie! Make Some This Christmas

I have come to learn that making pie crust is a total pain when you’re in a tropical country. It gets too hot here to make it work unless you do it fast enough or so says me – the amateur baker. I did it anyway because I LOVE PIE! Who doesn’t love pie?