Monday, December 5, 2016

Beringer Wine Appreciation at M Cafe

The iconic American wine brand,  is much more than just a winery. It boasts of an authentic brand filled with the spirit of American optimism,  hope and dedication.  It is forward looking and extremely proud of its evolving wine legacy established by brothers Jacob and Frederick Beringer in 1876.

The Beringer Brothers  dreamed of making wines in Napa Valley that would rival Europe's finest. And they  turned this dream into something more meaningful with the time and hard work needed to achieve it.



Jacob’s great great-grandson and Chief Winemaker, Mark Beringer, guides  California’s longest continually operating winery today. Beringer Vineyards is one of Napa’s finest producers with over 1,600 acres farmed across Napa's best appellations, as well as Sonoma County and Paso Robles, Beringer is recognized as one of the region’s preeminent producers with a rich portfolio of wines to this day.

Guided by the same vision and legacy of his forebears, Mark Beringer comes to Manila to share the brand’s provenance by holding a series exciting wine events highlighting the excellence that has made Beringer a global brand.

Last November 29, 2016, Beringer in partnership with M Café, invited us to  an exclusive food and wine event showcasing Beringer wines and local culinary treats curations. M Café was a fitting venue to showcase Beringer's outstanding wines from its extensive portfolio.



The day’s activities began with an afternoon Master Class held especially for the metropolis’ growing number of wine enthusiasts as well as sommeliers, chefs and industry practitioners and conducted by 5th generation Chief Winemaker Mark Beringer.





With the night young and anticipation ramping up,the festivities continued as guests were treated to live music and al fresco cocktails featuring Beringer Sparkling White Zinfandel paired with Kesong Puti (carabao cheese) - Sea Urchin Aburi on Coconut Crispy Rice with Soy Kalamansi and a Plaza Ham Carving Station.

A short program hosted by Stephanie Zubiri-Crespi commenced with speakers Katherine Yao-Santos, President of Happy Living Wines welcoming the guests. Opening remarks by U.S. Agriculture Counselor, Ralph Bean followed by Beringer Chief Winemaker Mark Beringer as keynote speaker.




In the same event, Rey Johnino  was awarded a free Trip to the Beringer Napa Valley Winery in California for being  Beringer #BetterBeckons social media promo  Grand Winner.

Soon after the ceremonial toast, the doors were flung open ushering guests to a Beringer Wine and Food Pairing adventure.  It featured seven regional Filipino Haute’ Cuisine that included:



Beringer Founders’ Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2014 paired with Seafood Kilawin (Ceviche) Bar

Beringer Founders’ Estate Chardonnay 2014 & Beringer Napa Valley Chardonnay 2014 paired with Frog Sisig (hash) with sous vide Quail Egg; Grilled Bagaybay (Tuna Milt)

Beringer Founders’ Estate Pinot Noir 2014 paired with Duck Dinuguan (stew) with Puto (sticky rice cake)


Beringer Founders’ Estate Zinfandel 2014 paired with Grilled Alaminos, Lucban and Vigan Longganisa Skewers

 Beringer Founders’ Estate Merlot 2014 & Beringer Napa Valley Merlot 2014 paired with Bistek (Filipino Spice Marinated) Tenderloin

 Beringer Founders’ Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 paired with Kambing (Goat) Kaldereta Foie Gras Pot Pie



Beringer Quantum Red Blend 2013 paired with Spiced Davao-Style Lechon (Roast Pork) Belly

A toast and salute to Chef Kalel Chan’s exquisite food adventure with rousing cheers to “Beringer.” capped off the festivities that evening.  The crowd mingled, partied into the night and took selfies, hoping to win the next trip to Beringer’s Napa Valley Winery.

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