Wine has always been interesting for me and I admire how Planet Grapes attempts to bring it closer to the public. Usually, people would associate wine to things like “extravagance” and “special celebrations”. Others would even get intimidated with wine particularly when they can’t even pronounce its name. Planet Grapes has really done a good job in making wine consumption as casual as drinking your soda in can, no drama at all!

The wines at Planet Grapes represent different wine regions in the world including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, North America, and South America. And guess what? They have paired it with our favorite Filipino street food, something almost all of us came across with. This definitely made wine drinking very comfortable.

Planet Grapes' Chef and Staff

With Planet Grapes’ Chef and Staff

The Atmosphere

Planet Grapes in Shangri-La Plaza has intimate and cozy interiors made lovelier with its high ceiling. It can be a good dating place for couples but it’s also a nice place to hang out with your friends and have that warm conversation.

The place is also equipped with state-of-the-art Italian enomatic machines. This is like a wine vending machine or dispenser that allows guests to just sample a sip of a particular wine. Also, the machine helps preserve the wine after the bottle has been opened.

Wine Vending Machine

Wine Vending Machine

I find it really good for budding wine enthusiasts like me who would like to explore and try different glasses.

On the Table

The staff of Planet Grapes is quite knowledgeable and friendly if ever you need help on what specific wine should be paired with your choice of food. What did we try? Let’s start with Chicharon.

Chicharon with Tinapa Dip (PHP215)

Who does not love Chicharon? Planet Grapes actually gave it a twist by pairing it with a delicious tinapa dip that’s a bit sour. It is best partnered with Paul Mas Sauvignon Blanc 2012.

Chicharon with Tinapa Dip

Chicharon with Tinapa Dip

Red Hot Bopis

They also served Red Hot Bopis. To those who do not really appreciate spicy food, their version of Bopis is not that spicy so everybody can really try it. This can be paired with Pircas Negras Malbec 2013.

Red Hot Bopis

Red Hot Bopis

Chicken Barbecue (PHP375)

With well-cooked meat, their chicken barbecue has a tasty grilled flavor and can also be paired with Pircas Negras Malbec 2013.

Chicken Barbecue

Chicken Barbecue

Organic BBQ Pork Spare Ribs (PHP725), Adobe Rice (PHP65)

And the winning dish for the night? It was that heavenly Organic BBQ Pork Spare Ribs that was baked for two to three hours. Healthy as it is, the meat was so tender that everything will be smooth and perfect in your mouth. But that’s not the end of the story, you can also have their Adobo rice with it. Note that the Adobo rice can be eaten on its own because of its succulent flavor. Pair the amazing ribs with Folie a Deux Cabernet Sauvignon 2009.

Organic BBQ Pork Spare Ribs

Organic BBQ Pork Spare Ribs

Buko Pie Bites (PHP140)

Yes, they have Buko Pie. I like its soft crust wrapping that sweet macapuno filling. And you’re right, they also have a wine to pair with this delectable dessert, none other than Urban Old Vines 2013 from Germany.

Buko Pie Bites

Buko Pie Bites

Turon Trilogy (PHP165)

Turon Trilogy is simply our Filipino classic “meryenda” (snack) that is Turon. Trilogy because their Turon is a combination of banana, ube and langka and is paired with Urban Old Vines 2013.

Turon Trilogy

Turon Trilogy

Crème Brulee Sampler (PHP180)

Crème Brule of Planet Grapes has three flavors: original, banana and durian. I like banana the most. Like the other desserts, this also gets paired with Urban Old Vines 2013.

Crème Brulee Sampler

Crème Brulee Sampler

Paul Mas Sauvignon Blanc 2012

This is a light white wine from France that has a vivid taste on the palate. With 12.5% alcohol, its citrus fruits aroma is quite stimulating. I really like its light mouthfeel.

Pircas Negras Malbec 2013

A red wine from Argentina with 12.5% alcohol, Pircas Negras Malbec 2013 consists of strong dark fruit flavors with black cherry and plum aromas. I find that smoky finish after taking a sip to be prominent.

Folie a Deux Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

With a slightly higher alcohol level of 14%, this cabernet sauvignon also have dark fruit flavors.

Urban Old Vines 2013

Coming from Germany, Urban Old Vines 2013 is semi-sweet and has that refreshing finish. It only has 9.5% alcohol. From all the wines we tried, this is the one I like most.

Overall

Planet Grapes has really done a fabulous job in bringing wine closer to the public. Wine without the drama is a great idea to encourage everyone to simply enjoy a glass of wine. The availability of wine vending machine allows one to sample a sip or glass of wine without having to buy the entire bottle. The idea of  pairing wine with Filipino street food and classic merienda is an interesting thing to try. No need to worry if you don’t know how to pair wine with your food because the knowledgeable staff will guide you.

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Planet Grapes

Operating Hours: Mon-Thurs, Sun: 11AM-12MN, Fri-Sat: 11AM-1AM
Address: Ground Floor, North Wing, Shangri-La Plaza, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
Contact No.: (02) 2469069
Website: http://planetgrapes.com.ph/

Disclosure: This visit is courtesy of Zomato and Planet Grapes. Nevertheless, I wrote this article with my own insights influenced by my personal experience.

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