We take off from a busy work­day to dis­cover (and un­cork) new tastes dur­ing an in­ti­mate af­ter­noon es­cape in the city.

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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.

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