Wine Tasting – It’s more fun in the Philippines

Wine Tasting in Camiguin (Philippines)

Are the Philippines known for their wine yards? Rather not!
Are the British known for their wine knowledge? It’s rather Guinness, they know, isn’t it?
And now, imagine a Wine Tasting evening in the Philippines organized by a British wine importer!

Yesterday evening we were invited exactly to such a Wine Tasting event with all of   components  mentioned  above. The restaurant of the Camiguin Action Geckos was crammed full with expatriates of nations all around the earth. It’s been hot, very hot and no breeze blew in from the sea.

Wine Tasting in Camiguin (Philippines)

The wines selected by our British connoisseur were in this order:
Hardis Stamp, Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon, Australia, 2010
Georges Deboeuf, Cuvée Blanc, France
Santa Rita 120 Carmenère, Carmenère, Chile, 2008
Hardis Stamp, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Australia, 2011
Los Cardos, Cabernet Sauvignon, Argentinia, 2009

The  Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon had the right temperature, but was to heavy to start with. But why not? We hoped that it would come better after this industrially produced Aussie.

But then …

Wine Tasting in Camiguin (Philippines)

Bacchus got angry! How can one offer such a wine during a wine tasting event? A common white from Saône-et-Loire you can buy at any Leclerc for 0.78 Euros. The 1 dl glass was sold here for 120 Pesos.  Tease

Georges Duboeuf, the inventor of the annual Beaujolais nouveau ceremony, has many better bottles in his caves. Why did our connoisseur select this kitchen-wine?

Fortunately the kitchen and the staff of the Camiguin Action Geckos did their best and offered permanently delicious “amuses gueule”.

Then followed the  Santa Rita 120 Carmenère. What a pleasure!
This old cépage had disappeared from European vineyards in the mid of the 19th century.

This wine had been the absolute discovery of yesterday evening.
Unfortunately it had been served too warm. 3 to 4 degrees less would have been fine.

The following  Hardis Stamp, Riesling-Gewürztraminer, was a nice sweet and fruitful white wine. I would have served this wine as the last one!

The last bottle to discover was a Los Cardos, Cabernet Sauvignon. A heavy and fruity wine. For me, it was a bit too acid, but this might have been amplified by the delicious snacks and the preceding  sweet  Gewürztraminer.

Overall appreciation: One real discovery. Two heavy reds. One nice Gewürztraminer and one white, that should not have been here.

It has been a funny come-together with friends in a very friendly atmosphere.
We made our jokes about our British connoisseur, but he hadn’t been that bad at all.

Post scriptum:

  • The glass of Tequilla offered at the end was not needed and recommended and had been too much for some of our friends. 
  • I never buy a bottle on the day of tasting, but usually the day after I do. Unfortunately they wine gentlemen had no business cards with him. If he reads this article, I’d like to order a carton of Santa Rita 120 Carmenère
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