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Seeing Red Part 2: LOVE

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It’s almost Valentine’s Day (or as some of my bitter single friends would put it, S.A.D., or Singles Awareness Day).

Speaking of the occasion, I was fortunate to co-host a food and wine pairing dinner in one of the ultimate Valentine’s Day date places, Le Jardin, about an equally romantic topic, Burgundy.

Okay, I admit: The main reason why I find Burgundy romantic is that (#throwback alert) Chad and I spent part of our honeymoon there. 😉

I know I’ve talked about Burgundy so many times before, so I’ll skip the part about the technical aspects of the region’s wines (but still give you the link for a detailed explanation) and focus on some of the phenomenal wines we had during the evening:

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Phenomenal Burgundy Wines for Burgundy Night in Le Jardin!

  • Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Foliatières – I love the story behind the Montrachet appellation… Incidentally, it involves a bit of love and lust that is quite timely for Valentine’s Day.
    Legend goes that there was a soldier/horseman (a chevalier in French) was serving in one of the great crusades. He was sent away by his father to fight in the crusades from the Montrachet castle. Afterwards, he met a woman and fathered a child with her.
    In ancient days, of course, this was scandalous.
    Since he wasn’t married to the child’s mother, the kid ended up being classified as illegitimate (a batard in French). Nevertheless, the child was welcomed (bienvenue) in their castle.
    Long after the castle has been destroyed, the appellations still remain, bearing names that chronicle these bits of legend: Montrachet, Chevalier Montrachet, Bienvenue-Batard Montrachet, and Batard Montrachet.
    Worth taking note of next time you pick up a bottle of Burgundy.
  • Mongeard-Mugneret Beaune 1er Cru Les Avaux – I admit to irrationally preferring wines from Beaune for personal reasons: The first winemaker I’ve ever met was born and raised in Beaune. He was marvellously kind, knowledgable, and managed to show us around his region like it’s his backyard (and forever spoil my palate for Chardonnays).
    Nonetheless, Beaune is legendary for producing stonking wines, and this bottle is the ultimate exhibition of everything Beaune wine is supposed to be… Luscious, multi-faceted, earthy, and elegant.
  • Mongeard-Mugneret Echezeaux Grand Cru – Excellent Pinot from one of the best (and most expensive) appellations in Burgundy? Check. Grand Cru, the highest classification of Burgundy wines? Check. Winemakers that have trained with the ultimate Burgundy winehouse, Romanée-Conti? Check. Extremely delicious, otherworldly, rich, masculine, complex, dark, sophisticated, and smoky expression of true blue Burgundian soil? CHECK, CHECK, CHECK.

 

My take on the evening is that it’s not work when you’re surrounded by gorgeous wines and enjoying a gastronomic feast courtesy of celebrity chef Jonas Ng.

My only complaint is that I wasn’t part of the audience to enjoy all of this against the Le Jardin’s famous backdrop of city lights. It would have been so romantic had it been a date with Chad (maybe that’s why a lot of our audience were couples…?).

Anyway, there’s always Valentine’s Day. 😉

Cheers!

For reservations in Le Jardin Manila, call or text +63917-8176584, or check out their website at http://lejardinmanila.net.

 

Bed Rest, Salabat, Cognac, Panic Attacks, and Panic Attacks (Chronicles of a Stir-Crazy Bedridden Wino)

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“Being sick is our body’s way of telling us we need to rest”, one of my best friends told me a few years ago.

Well… Constant traveling, weather changes, tons of work (around the house, for the blog, and my consulting) has certainly taken its toll on me.

The proverbial sh*t hit the fan Thursday night in the middle of a fantastic dinner (which involved a fabulous Pinoy food and wine pairing)… I had to bow out by the time we got to the seventh course (there were eleven!).

I felt terrible. I was looking forward to that dinner for ages (I will share some of the experiences in a later entry)… But I was out of it.

I was sitting next to one of the most esteemed winos in the country. He advised me (after I sneezed up a storm and started to complain about having difficulty breathing) to take a brown spirit (whiskey/whisky, brandy…).

I wasn’t able to take his advice until three nights after (what with consistent Dayquil/Nyquil treatments and my fear of mixing drugs with alcohol), but by the time I stopped taking medication, I had to raid our bar.

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File photos from old entries (too sick to do a photo session)

Cognac.

There is nothing more beautiful than having a brown liquid stream of warmth to ease your throat and lungs.

I felt instant relief from the constant wheezing and sore throat.

I woke up the following day breathing better, but as I had a speaking engagement later in the week, I always had with me a mug full of piping hot salabat (our local ginger tea) to make sure my voice is up to snuff.

Ginger tea is a godsend… While some locals prefer to actually boil ginger and drink an infusion of the stuff, my lazy a** would rather buy the Ludy’s version from the grocery (Cash & Carry and Landmark have it). The tingly spice works wonders for sore throat… Whoever invented the stuff should be canonised.

I’m missing wine, though, so I’m looking forward to my speaking engagement in Le Jardin featuring one of my favorite French wine regions, Burgundy.

After that, Chad and I will visit a part of Asia that’s, well… Truly Asia. 😉 The trip should be chronicled as well, so do let us know about beverages to look for in that part of the world!

Another announcement: The blog will undergo a bit of a facelift soon. 😀

Before all this happens though, I’m putting my feet up, sipping more salabat, and reading a Jane Austen while refusing to adult. 😉 Cheers!

 

Disclaimer: In no way, shape or form should any of the beverages mentioned in this entry be taken as the ultimate cure for coughs/colds/flu. These are not prescriptions. Please consult your doctor!