Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Tasting Hugel Wine With Winemaker Etienne Hugel

Altasian winemaker Etienne Hugel regaled guests June 6 when he led the sampling of four unique wines by Hugel & fils from the renowned winemaking region of Alsace, France. Generations of the Hugel family have resided in the village of Riquewihr in Alsace, France, For 375 years, the Hugel family has been carefully crafting wines in this region.

Hugel is a vastly successful family business, with Etienne leading the winery as a 12th generation winemaker. The winery is one of the most famed in Alsace, having earned poioneer status since wway back in 1639. The Hugel family has been recognized for their winegrowing skills in history and until present day, delighting both seasoned wine lovers and casual wine drinkers for decades.

Hugel wines from Alsace are a shining example of what true winemaking craftsmanship is. Etienne flew to Manila to host Planet Grapes' third winemaker event of the year. The company is amrking its brand's second year anniverssary. Showcased during the special event were:

- 2011 Hugel Pinot Gris Tradition - Engagingly fresh, crips open bouquet of flowers and fruit, slightkly mineral and distinctly Riesling. Notes of white peach, green apple, lemon balm, lime blossom, wild hop flower, and fressh moss.

-2012 Hugel Riesling - Thirst-quenching, dry, livbely, fresh, and easy to enjoy, with great elegance and drive. Flavors of green apple, gooseberry, citrus, grapefruit, lime with spring blossom, elderflower, and primrose.

-2008 Hugel Riesling Jubilee - Aomas of yellow peach and apricot with a mineral touch that leaves no doubt that this is a Riesling from a fine terrior. Hugel Riesling Jubilee is an agreeable dry white that possesses remarkable finesse and elegance.

-2012 Hugel Gewurztraminer - Harmonious flavors and aromas of flowers and fruits such as rose, mignonette, jasmine, mango, litchi, and passion fruit. This refreshing dry wine also has some spice characteristics such as cardamom, saffron, and licorice. Gewurztraminer "Hugel" Jubilee is produced from strictly selected grapes from Hugel & Fil's own vineyards in the best vintages. It is best enjoyed on its own; after five to eight years, its quality will remain intact from one generation to the next.

The exquisite Rieslings and Gewurztraminer were paired with special selections from the Planet Grapes menu. The food was chosen to highlight the flavors of the wines to show how food and wine can interact and enahance each other. The delicious food options prepared by Planet Grapes Executive Chef Jonathan Bautista included fresh mixed saklad, quail eggs, squid balls, Thai spiced crab cakes, and Planet Grapes' turon trilogy, among others.

The guided free-flowing wine tasting was first held June 5 at Planet Grapes in River Park, Festival Supermall, Alabang, Muntilupa City. Planet Grapes is where the intimidating walls of fine dining and complicated wine pairings come down, and you can discover just how well wine goes with the food you already knew and love.

To have a fun experience and enjoy "wine without the drama," visit Planet Grapes. The modern wine retail store and restaurant-bar first opened at Tuscany at McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. Other stores are located at Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu City; and now at the recently opened branches in Shangri-La Plaza Mall North Wing, EDSA.


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