Are Filipinos wine drinkers? What do Filipinos normally drink during special occasions?
I have observed that Filipinos still prefer to drink “hard drinks” like cognac, scotch, gin and vodka during celebrations. However, there is a growing number of wine drinkers in the country.
Matching food with wine is both an art and a science. I begin with the food selection and an understanding of its components and flavors, then I “marry” the food with a specific wine to bring out the taste of the dish. I consider the flavor of both the wine and food in order to create a specific taste experience.
The fundamental rule when matching food with wine is “light food go with light wines, and heavy food with heavy wine.” For example, I would pair a Filet of Sole in butter sauce with a Sauvignon Blanc. The crisp acidic wine balances the buttery flavor.
A Merlot wine pairs best with steak, pasta, red meat, duck or grilled food. A Chardonnay with grilled chicken or fish or any dish with cream sauce.
When you pair your meal with the right wine, it creates a combination that celebrates and enhances your dining experience.
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