Tres charmant ZEUS GRAGEDA jetted in from Cosmo-Manille for the Private Tasting Series at Henry’s Wines and Liquors in Plazuela de Iloilo. With “Liberate Your Senses” as the theme, the goodlooking sommelier gave the guests – connoisseurs and gourmands — tips and tricks on appreciating and pairing wines with panache and poise.
He used lemon, sugar, cayenne and salt as bases for pairing with Poggio del Sole Bianco (sauvignon blanc, malvasia), Soleil d’Octobre (colombard, gros manseng, petit manseng), Cheze Syrah (syrah) and Chateau Tire Pe (merlot), respectively.
Soleil d’Octobre is a good pair with sweet and spicy dishes. The white wine complements the sweetness in the food and wine, and balances the spicy and sweet flavor.
According to him, lemon pairs well with Poggio del Sole Bianco because it complements the acidity in the wine while the sweetness of sugar dominates the sourness in the wine and makes the taste flat.
Pairing Cheze Syrah with spicy dishes may be good or bad, depending on the person if he likes the burning sensation. Chateau Tire Pe goes well with salty food because salt lowers the tannins of the wine and make it more palatable.
The casual and al fresco affair was a meet and greet of friends amid pleasant conversations over artisanal selections. Indeed, we explored the grapes of France and Italy without leaving our tables!
Academician NIC de los REYES hosted an intimate despedida party for friends at a VIP Room of Annex in MO2! The bittersweet get-together was spiced by sing-along, lots of laughter and loads of hors d’eourves and booze!
He is moving to Bangkok, Thailand for a teaching job. He will surely miss the frenetic night life of Metro-Iloilo and his friends here (as we of him) but work is work. N’est ce pas?
Yours truly wishes him the best in everything in his new job away from home!