We take off from a busy workday to discover (and uncork) new tastes during an intimate afternoon escape in the city.
Toast to an afternoon with the Preview Girls’ Club with bottles upon bottles of good vino.
the sun was definitely shining through the floor-to-ceiling windows as we stepped into the First Class Dining Lounge of the Ibiza Beach Club (6/F W City Center, 7th Ave. cor. 30th St., Bonifacio Global City; tel. no. 755 1777). While it has been quite the familiar venue for exciting evening events, it was refreshing to see the place early in the day, specifically at 3 p.m., which was when some of our favorite #Imapreviewgirls arrived for a little wine pairing sunset session. Indulging in a bottle (or two) between girlfriends comes easy when you’re up for some weekday fun. We asked Preview Best Dressed alum Meg Eteve to share her personal experiences and insights on a variety of wines from Manny O. (the vintner, Manny Osmeña, is her dad) with the day’s guests, many of whom have heard of the brand, but never had the opportunity to taste the wines until then.
“It’s so nice in here,” remarked former Preview Beauty Director Agoo Bengzon as she admired the wide open lounge, which was filled with stark white tables and high-back chairs. Event designer Cyndi Fernandez of Moss Manila was also taken by the area, with all the natural light filtering in that lets guests appreciate the BGC skyline even more. Meanwhile, Cura V partners and jewelry designers Emi Jorge and Nicole Whisenhunt, who both enjoy unwinding with a glass of wine, were looking forward to a little respite from their busy schedules. “I’ve never been to this side of Ibiza,” Nicole says, “and it looks so different from when I was here during the opening.”
“It’s really my dad who’s supposed to be here,” mentioned a slightly shy Meg when asked how she felt about discussing the stories behind their line of wines. Having met all the guests for the first time apart from May Bernad, who is her friend as they are both based in Cebu, Meg eased into our informal afternoon by starting with a quote from her dad: “If you’re drinking wine and you know little, if someone beside you knows a little more [and] makes you feel inadequate, don’t. Because it’s not [about] what you know, but what you like and enjoy. The intention of wine is to make you happy—an emotional connection. When intimidated, you don’t have fun anymore.” Meg went on to tell us that she “doesn’t want
to complicate the experience by going deep into the tasting notes,” instead making the experience more fun, laid-back and enjoyable, without being too scientific about the details.
Guests were given score cards to share their feedback, and each wine was served with a dish that Meg and the Ibiza staff knew would go perfectly with the bottle. The meal began with a cheese and charcuterie platter that was offered with the Agapitos Rosé (P1780), produced and bottled in Portugal. The follow-up was an instant standout: the Celebrus Brut (P1980) from Limoux, France, paired with a Grilled Beetroot Salad (P420), accompanied with a side of Chorizo and Egg Bruschetta (P360), which garnered an “excellent” from San Vicente Mayor Pie Alvarez and top marks (complete with stars!) from Agoo. Meg shared how she best enjoys this wine, professing, “I would always have the bubbly on a pump boat in Cebu, and pair it with lechon!”
The next course was a portion of Mini Grilled Lamb Skewers (P620) that came with a glass of the Bibulus (P2280), an intense one-year aged Bordeaux and a trophy winner at the 2013 Vinalies Internationales in Paris. Crystalle Ozamis, a sales executive from Rockwell Land and indoor cycling instructor from Saddle Row, commented, “The wines were served at a very good temperature. [This] red was easy to drink.”
The last wine to arrive was the Discipulus Blanc (P1580), a fresh-tasting French white that’s a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Ugni Blanc, Colombard and Muscat Petit Grain. “This has got to be my fave,” declared Cyndi as she enjoyed her glass with little plates of grilled seafood and Mussels Meuniere (P400). May heartily agreed: “I really love the white wine!”
The girls went on to discuss and share different things that hovered on motherhood and diets, to even the changing landscape of Manila. But the undeniable energy that afternoon came from the laughter in between sips and the newfound friendships that were developed. The good food, great wine, and the pretty city skyline during sunset didn’t hurt either.
TOP: The high temps of summer made it easy for us to gather the girls to wind down with some food and bubbly, among others. BOTTOM: The First Class Dining Lounge is a private area within the Ibiza Beach Club.
Cyndi Fernandez arrived in a monochromatic navy jacket paired with her choice summer hue: a pop of pink!
RIGHT: Clad in bright orange, Emi Jorge looked on as she was served a glass of Agapito Rosé.
TOP: Each guest rated the wines and the special tasting menu by Ibiza Beach Club on a scorecard.