THE Grand Wine Experience, the country’s biggest, longest running, and undisputed leading wine extravaganza of the year takes place anew on Nov. 15 — its 19th year! The Marriott Grand Ballroom in Newport City will again be the host venue, its 9th consecutive year to do so. While the Grand Wine Experience had evolved over the years, including welcome additions of other inebriating beverages, from spirits and craft beers, to even sakés, wines will obviously still be the main draw. This year, there will be 700+ wine choices. Some wines from lesser known wine countries will also make their Philippine debut on Nov. 15. These include Domaine Sigalas and Kir-Yianni from Greece, and Golan Heights from Israel, among others.
LAST FRIDAY I was among the large contingent of oenophiles that trooped to the Marriott Grand Ballroom in Newport City amidst the usual insane pay-day weekend traffic mayhem, to take part in the Philippines’ only annual large-scale wine gathering, also popularly known as the Grand Wine Experience. It is by far the country’s most prestigious annual wine event, and already ranks as one of Asia’s most important wine spectacles as well.