STEPHANIE ZUBIRI-CRESPI AND JUANA MANAHAN-YUPANGCO

WINE BLOGGERS

Town & Country (Philippines) - - OUT & ABOUT -

“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.

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