Bottled Poetry

Making wine is an art form and my canvas is the hilly region of the northern Philippines. My medium -sugar cane. I’m a fourth generation winemaker but I didn’t go to school for this. I went to university with dreams of becoming a lawyer. Then life happened and I realised that I was set to…

Why There Is A Diablo In Basi Del Diablo

In the year 1786, the Spanish conquistadors expropriated Basi production and sales in the northern part of the Philippines because it was a big competitor against their own wines. The expropriation effectively banned private manufacture of sugar cane wine in the Ilocos region. By 1807, more than two decades later, the angry northerners marched to…