STEPHANIE ZUBIRI-CRESPI AND JUANA MANAHAN-YUPANGCO
“Sometimes I think that some of the older, more experienced men think that it’s ‘cute’ that we write about wine,” shares Juana Manahan-Yupangco, half of the very “cute” and charming duo behind the blog Wine-Lips.com, which she pens with friend and fellow wine enthusiast Stephanie Zubiri Crespi. “We have received so much interest in our blog since we launched it late last year and we realize it’s because there is nothing like it out there. Our female edge has turned ‘cute’ into something that is extremely approachable and our feminine take on wine is our biggest asset.”
While its voice may be decidedly female, the blog speaks to an audience of both men and women alike—from the serious aficionado to those who are just beginning to discover the pleasures of the bottle. “Our approach is very different. We don’t come in trying to analyze the wine, we come in to experience it, often doing research after we’ve tasted it so as not to have any preconceived notions about it,” adds Stephanie. “We like being a blank slate and allowing all that beautiful liquid to color our mind and emotions—good or bad!” Honest, funny, sexy, and intimate, and without taking itself too seriously, Wine Lips gives each wine personality and context, and discusses nose, terroir, fruit, structure, acidity, complexity, age ability, and finish without confounding its readership.
Making the most of Stephanie’s penchant for French wine and Juana’s knowledge about California’s top makers, together they are learning from one another and expanding their individual appreciation while happily sharing their experiences on the blog. “Having Wine Lips has made me a little bit more adventurous in general, pushing me to try unfamiliar things on a menu like Indian wine, just for the novelty and experience,” continues Stephanie. “I also have a newfound love for tempranillo, particularly from the Ribera del Duero region.” Juana chimes in, “Before we started working together, my knowledge of French wines was very limited. I found it all incredibly intimidating. I’ve since discovered the regions in France that I enjoy. I think between the two of us, our posts are balanced between New World wines and French, Spanish, and Italian wines, and definitely something everyone can relate to.” «
Juana Manahanyupangco (left) and Stephanie Zubiri-crespi.