20  drink + wine pairings to ring in the New Year 2
Christmas Beer at Mitchell's, Jean Leon 3055 at Estate Wine, Domaine Testut Chablis Premier Cru at Terry's
Food & Drink

Manila’s top beverage purveyors share 20 drink + wine pairings to ring in the New Year

For your last-minute NYE needs
Cyrene de la Rosa | Dec 30 2021

To help you ring in the New Year, we asked 20 drinks purveyors to recommend the best beverage for the occasion and the perfect food to pair it with. Whether you are celebrating quietly at home or hosting a small, year-end shindig to usher in 2022, you will find something suitable and ultimately satisfying in the list below—a list that will also come in handy all year round.

The Curator Coffee & Cocktails' Holiday Eggnog
The Curator Coffee & Cocktails' Holiday Eggnog

1. The Curator Coffee & Cocktails

Recommended Drink: Holiday Eggnog

To order: https://delivery.thecuratorcoffeeandcocktails.com/; or @thecurator_ on IG

Suggested food match: Mini-Cinnamon Rolls from Betina’s Kitchen @bambabistro on IG

Get into the festive spirit with a well-made eggnog from one of Asia’s 50 Best Bars and the best bar in the Philippines. The Curator will be donating 100% of in-store and online sales of their holiday eggnog until December 30 (they are closed Dec. 31 and January 1) to victims of Typhoon Odette. 

Gran Hacienda Wines
Pandolfi Price Larkun Riesling 2018 at Gran Hacienda Wines

2. Gran Hacienda Wines

Recommended Drink: Pandolfi Price Larkun Riesling 2018 - Valle Del Itata, Chile

To order: Text 0917 632 3278 or granhaciendawines@gmail.com

Suggested food match: Salmon Galettes from @mise.ph on Instagram.

While Champagne might be the popular choice for a new year celebration, “white or red wine is still the personal and less costly choice, “ shares Butz Tenchavez of Gran Hacienda wines. Hence, he recommends a new world still white Riesling from Chile at P870 SRP.  It’s a grape that is “a favorite among Sommeliers but has never translated to the Filipino palate,” Tenchavez adds. A perfect match with a MISE.PH salmon galette when served as an aperitif.

Premium Wine Exchange
Champagne Piper Heidsieck Brut NV at Premium Wine Exchange

3) Premium Wine Exchange

Recommended Drink: Champagne Piper Heidsieck Brut NV

To order: Call 8840 5319

Suggested food match: Salmon chahan Onigiri or Salmon sushi from Kazunori (0917 836 2695)

The signature cuvée of the Piper Heidsieck Cuvée has always been a benchmark of fine quality non-vintage Champagne. A true classic that has consistently delivered through the years. A bubbly that will be great with your favorite tuna or salmon sushi or Kazunori’s Salmon Chahan onigiri.

Boca Juan Filipinas
Château d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rose 2020 at JC Wines

4) JC Wines

Recommended drink: Château d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rose 2020

To order: Text 0927 813 19 15 or DM IG @jc_wines

Suggested food match:  Crab Cakes by Café Fleur (0917 192 8343 Viber)

Touted to be the world’s most popular rosé, it is also the brand credited for putting rosé on the must-drink list globally. It helps that both Adele and George Clooney swear by it. And it doesn’t come as a surprise that it is currently the number one rosé brand in the US. JC Wines is currently exclusive retail distributor of Whispering Angel in the Philippines.

Boca Juan Filipinas
Lagarde Extra Brut Lungo at Boca Juan Filipinas

5) Boca Juan Filipinas

Recommended Drink: Lagarde Extra Brut Lungo

To order: Text Boca Juan Filipinas at +63 917 891 3080 or +63 918 999 0917

Suggested food match: Panqueque from La Cabrera (+63 905 290 0703) 

The Lungo is an Argentinian sparkling wine done in the charmat method (“a sparkling winemaking process that traps bubbles in wine via carbonation in large steel tanks,” says Masterclass.com). Made with Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Semillon grapes, it is the very first Argentinian bubbly sold in the Philippines. Currently being served at La Cabrera Steakhouse where one can enjoy it with any of the restaurant’s traditional Argentinian postres or desserts like the panqueque (dulce de leche crepes). But, you can also buy your own bottle from Boca Juan Filipinas, the exclusive distributor of Lagarde wines in the Philippines.

Les Amandiers Rouge at Origine

6. Origine (Sommelier Selections)

Recommended Drink: Les Amandiers Rouge, Chateau de la Liquiere, France

To Order: +63 917 885 1931, email; inquire@origine.phwww.origine.ph

Suggested food match: Grilled lamb at Mamou.

An aromatic red from France’s wine-growing Languedoc-Roussillon area. Gets extra brownie points for being food friendly, particularly to Mediterranean meat dishes. One wino even says it pairs well with pinakbet too.

Artisan Cellars
Joselito Jamon vintage 2013 from Artisan Cellar Door

7. Artisan Cellars

Recommended Drink: Champagne Agrapart & Fils Terroirs Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Extra Brut

To order: contact (02) 8880 0619 or (0966) 766 9303 viber, @artisancellardoor on IG

Suggested food match: Joselito Jamon vintage 2013 from Artisan Cellar Door

This 100% estate grown Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs is a textbook example of what a good organic Grower Champagne should be, at an approachable price. Best enjoyed with some vintage Joselito Jamon iberico bellota that has been aged for at least 8 years that’s also available at Artisan Cellar Door.

Winedrop Greenhills
Les Fumees Blaches Sauvignon Blanc 2020 at Winedrop Greenhills

8. Winedrop Greenhills

Recommended Drink: Francois Lurton, Les Fumees Blaches Sauvignon Blanc 2020

To order: (02) 8671 9125 or 0956 188 7548, www.winedrop.life

Suggested food match: Pates en Croute available at Winedrop store

The Les Fumees is a single-estate Sauvignon Blanc white wine made by France’s Domaines Francis Lurton which is owned by Francois Lurton. I had the pleasure of meeting Francois when he visited the Philippines in 2019 when he confessed his undying love for the Sauvignon Blanc grape. Thus, I am not surprised that any of the bottles he’s produces with Sauvignon Blanc, which includes a craft gin called Sorgin, has been delicious. 

Estate Wine
2019 Jean Leon 3055 at Estate Wine

9. Estate Wine

Recommended Drink: 2019 Jean Leon 3055, Merlot & Petit Verdot, Spain

To Order: (02) 8804 5028, www.estatewine.com.ph, @estatewine on IG

Suggested food match: Pork Iberico from Gallery by Chele (0917 546 1673)

An organic red wine made largely from Merlot vines and a bit of Petit Verdot. Has consistently generated good buzz here and abroad. Being relatively affordable, it makes this one of your better options to try this season. Recommended by the Estate Wine sommeliers as a good wine to pair with white meat, like the “pork iberico” dish from Gallery by Chele.

Happy Living
Champagne Duval Leroy Femme De Champagne Grand Cru at Happy Living

10. Happy Living

Recommended Drink: Champagne Duval Leroy Femme De Champagne Grand Cru

To Order: call 0926 633 3763; www.shop.happylivingph.com; or @happylivingph on IG

Suggested food match: Polanco Oscietra Grand Reserve Caviar from @thetastefulselections on IG

Last 18 December, I attended a Champagne and virtual tasting event hosted by The Tasting Club (@the_tasting_club on IG). It featured a range of Duval-Leroy Champagne and Polanco Caviar and I truly enjoyed the Duval Leroy Femme De Champagne Grand Cru 37,5cl distributed by Happy Living, a champagne with great finesse and complexity. Loved that it was not super dry, which allowed the excellent taste of the premium Oscietra Grand Reserve Caviar from Uruguay based Polanco to pop out and shine along with it. A really good, complementary match! World renowned Polanco caviar is now available locally at The Tasteful Selections online gourmet store (www.thetastefulselections.com).

The Booze Shop
Clairin Communal at The Booze Shop

11. The Booze Shop

Recommended Drink: Daiquri using Clairin Communal 700 ml Rum, Haiti

To order: www.boozeshop.ph; The Booze Shop on Viber

Suggested food match: Crispy Sisig from Cirkulo Makati

The Booze Shop recommends making your own daiquiri at home. A classic one requires just three simple ingredients but to concoct a good daiquiri, it is important to use the best quality ingredients available, starting with premium quality white rum (the Booze Shop highly recommends Clairin Communal), freshly squeezed lime juice, and homemade simple syrup. This is a cocktail best enjoyed ice cold with some pica pica like the crispy sisig of Cirkulo.

Pocofino Espresso Tonic

12. Pocofino

Recommended Drink: Pocofino Espresso Tonic

To Order: DM via Instagram https://www.instagram.com/pocofino or order online https://pocofino.com/

Suggested food match: Busted Experimental Craft Creamery’s Basque Cheesecake Ice Cream (www.bustedcreamery.com).

A cool option for the teetotalers is this espresso tonic drink sans alcohol by Pocofino that’s quite easy to make (Get recipe here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CXnJ0BQvVky/?utm_medium=copy_link). A festive and bubbly alternative to the usual iced coffee drink. Pair it with a scoop or  two of Busted Experimental Craft Creamery’s Basque Cheesecake Ice Cream for an added treat.

One World Deli
Frank Family Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley at One World Deli

13. One World Deli

Recommended Drink: Frank Family Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley

To order: Visit One World Deli at 11 Jupiter st., Makati or online at www.oneworlddeli.com

Suggested food match: Braveheart Prime Rib, also available at One World Deli

Although everyone enjoys drinking a glass of bubbly, most still yearn for a traditional glass of red wine, especially with steak. For this, Ian Santos of One World Deli highly recommends trying out their Braveheart Prime Rib coming from angus-verified majority black hides cattle. He says to pair it with a bottle of Frank Family Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley which his deli also sells. It’s a wine of great complexity, balance, and elegance.


Baccus Epicerie
Baccus Epicerie

14. Bacchus Epicerie

Recommended Drink: Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut NV

To order: www.bacchusepicerie.com; 0998 967 7305; 0998 967 7306;0998 588 7346

Suggested food pairing: Sushi and Sashimi Bento Box from Tsukiji. Text your order to 0966 634 5792 or call 8810 8735 and 8810 2763.

You don’t have to be a James Bond fan or Daniel Craig’s to like this. I think its being extremely food friendly is enough reason for you to welcome this bubbly into your homes this holiday season.

Chiva’s Regal at Boozy.ph

15. Boozy.ph

Recommended Drink: Chiva’s Regal 12yo

To order: www.boozy.ph

Suggested food pairing: Chef Tony’s Original Caramel Popcorn

This top online liquor delivery service in the country invites us to experience a unique pairing: a well-known Chivas Regal 12 yo Scotch Whisky blend and a popular local gourmet popcorn brand. This pair is a keeper.

Wine Depot
Brown Brothers Prosecco NV Rose at Wine Depot

16. Wine Depot

Recommended Drink: Brown Brothers Prosecco NV Rose

To order: www.winedepot.com.ph ; call/viber 0917 317 0872

Suggested food pairing: Abub’s Lechon (0917 863 2282 or 0917 836 2282)

Prosecco Rosè from Australia with your favorite lechon is a delicious match.

Doorly’s at Singlemalt.ph

17. Singlemalt.ph

Recommended Drink: Doorly’s 12 year old

To order: www.singlemalt.ph; 0917 834 9229

Suggested food pairing: Jerk Ribs from Mensie’s Jerk House (0917 318 1758)

Doorly’s 12 year old is a Barbados rum free from sweeteners, flavorings, and other adjuncts. Perfect for the rum enthusiast looking for a new rum to warm-up this holiday season.

Zen Asia Wines
Seresin Estate Sauvignon Blanc at Zen Asia Wines

18. Zen Asia Wines

Recommended Drink: Seresin Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2019, NZ

To order: https://zen-asia-inc.myshopify.com/; 0917 823 5568; www.zenasiainc.com

Suggested food pairing: Davao Tuna kinilaw

This top biodynamic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc perfect with kinilaw is from the premiere biodynamic estate owned by Cinematographer Michael Seresin. They also produce a stunning Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. This is an organic and biodynamic Sauvignon Blanc that’s both vegetarian and vegan friendly.

Domaine Testut Chablis Premier Cru at Terry's

19. Terry’s

Recommended Drink: 2019 Domaine Testut Chablis Premier Cru “Vaillons”

To order: call 8354 6997,0905 613 8290, 8889 3194, 8561 4900

Suggested food match: Chatka Russian King Crab from Terry’s

Fellow Chablis fans will love this fine wine, bursting with subtle floral and fruity notes made from 70+ years old grape vines. It’s the perfect sipper wine to enjoy with Chatka real Russian King Crab legs also available at Terry’s. These are crabs caught in the cold waters of the seas of Okhhotsk best eaten as is or with warm baked potatoes, slightly moisten with a smear of Pommery mustard as per the recommendation of Juan Carlos de Terry himself.

Mitchell's Backyard Brewery
Christmas Beer at Mitchell's Backyard Brewery

20. Mitchell’s Backyard Brewery

Recommended Drink: Christmas Beer

To order: https://mitchellsbackyardbrewery.com or contact Danna via Viber at 0995 8847648.

Suggested food match: Apple Pie from Tilde Bakery (09669467137)

Enjoy this limited edition Christmas Beer with hints of cinnamon with a slice of your favorite apple pie.