How to select different wines for different salads; we’re dealing with delicate, cold food, it makes sense to choose wines that fit a similar profile

December 31,2010
Fine dining restaurant in Clark Pampanga shares with you articles and news pertaining to the enjoyment and appreciation of wine with food.

The snooty side of food pairings preaches “No Wine with Salad.” I fed on this falsehood for years, following the widely-held mantra like an evangelical wino. Then one day, a miraculous salad and vino combo made me rethink my reliance on traditional not-so-wisdom.

Not that I was always so cool and contrarian. Before my re-awakening, I lapped up all the drivel wine magazines and writers spit out. But, like a rebellious teenager, I slowly realized it wasn’t adding up. Salads are simply another dish with sauce slathered on it. Match the sauce with the wine and you win. To give tradition some credit, back in the day salad dressings mostly contained robust vinegars like distilled white or cider that rendered wine lifeless and dull; it made sense to teach wine-with-salad avoidance. Times have changed, however. Now that less acidic rice or sweeter balsamic vinegars and lime and lemon use are common, wine and dressing can snuggle up and make sweet, tart love.

Since we’re dealing with delicate, cold food, it makes sense to choose wines that fit a similar profile: whites and rosés. The ideal salad partner is sparkling wine or Champagne — their refreshing acidity equals the body of a salad, bringing new meaning to friends with benefits. But if bubbly is out of budget, here are other suggestions for salad and wine hookups. (See a list of budget sparklers)

Caesar Salad

Ah, the favorite salad of the masses. Did you know this popular appetizer was invented by Italian immigrant Caesar Cardini who owned a restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico? Legend has it he created the dish in 1924. Given the locale and the year, this probably means it wasn’t paired with wine, so its garlicky, salty, anchoviness is tricky. But I found New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, with green, grapefruit crispness massages it just right.

Bacon-Based Dressings

These days, it’s raining bacon and I’m gleefully outside with my mouth wide open. For summer salads featuring salty, smoky pork belly as the main event, go for dry rosé, especially something with some ballsy earthiness to it.

Lemon Juice-Based

Finding the match to citrus acidity is as easy as grabbing a cheap white off the grocery store shelf. Choose anything light-bodied that sings with lemon-lime like Spanish albariño, pinot grigio and Australian rieslings. Can’t go wrong.

But let’s face it: Most people crack the seal on bottled Ranch (my favorite white trash pleasure) and blue cheese sauces. Those brawny flavors are insolent in the face of wine but a slightly sweet riesling or off-dry rosé can conquer either of them. If these fail you, you might run for a wheat beer.

Recommended Wines

Penfolds 2007 Thomas Hyland Riesling Adelaide (Australia) One of the best, under-priced wines I’ve tasted in months. Floral aromas with softness on the palate, lively acidity, fresh apricot, stereotypical riesling diesel fuel, and a tart green apple, lemon-lime, wet slate finish. Sw=2. $10.

Whitehaven 2008 Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough (New Zealand) What you’d expect from a tart, tasty New Zealander white: green grass, grapefruit, bracing acidity, lime rind and a refreshingly clean and citrus finish. Sw=1. $16. 1/2

Zardetto Prosecco (Italy) A light sparkling wine from Italy’s Veneto region, sipping prosecco is a great way to start any meal or drink with a salad. It has refreshing acidity, with tinges of grapefruit, white peach and green apple. Finishes clean and elegant. Sw=2. $14. 1/2

El Coto 2008 Rosado Rioja (Spain) Ah, the joys of dry rosé with food – a classic, French-inspired combination. This Spanish grenache, tempranillo grape blend has tart acidity, bright candied strawberry and raspberry with a slightly earthy finish. Refreshing and cheap. Sw=1. $10. 1/2

Manila is fast becoming a city of luxurious dining. Not only must a 5-star restaurant offer good food, nice ambiance and immaculate service the wine list must be equally exciting to make the evening of wine and dine a memorable one.

Manila 5-star fine dining restaurant in Pampanga Philippines is highly recommended by food critics and frequent diners in Manila as a place to wine and dine in Subic Angeles City Clark Freeport Zone. Although it is a famous fine dining restaurant with an award winning 3000-line restaurant wine list, Yats Restaurant is also a popular restaurant for family with children. Aside from French Mediterranean haute cuisine, this restaurant also serves healthy food and the best vegetarian cuisines in the Philippines. Private dining rooms are also available in this restaurant for business and personal meetings of 4 to 20 people.

Favorites of frequent diners, foodies and wine lovers are steaks, Wagyu, Foie Gras, seafood, lobsters, venison, kangaroo loin, osso buco, veal chops, Kurabuto pork, escargots and a good selection of cheeses to enjoy with fine Vintage port and Sauternes. Cuban cigars such as Monte Cristo, Cohiba, Upmann, Partagas, Romeo Julieta and Trinidad are also available in the Magnum Room which is a wine bar and lounge for before and after dinner relaxation. A good selection of Armagnac, Cognac, Single Malt, Vodka and other liquor is served in addition to the wine vintage wines some served by the glass.

Hong Kong-based Yats International built this restaurant in 2000 to provide a world-class cozy fine dining restaurant, as well as business meeting facilities and venues for private dinners and social functions in Philippines Pampanga Angeles City Clark Freeport Zone. North Luzon Pampanga Angeles City Clark Philippines was selected for this restaurant because of safety, clean air, absence of traffic and proximity to Manila and Subic. Clark Freeport is located near Manila and Subic. Diners from Manila and Subic can travel north along North Expressway and arrive in Clark in about 70 minutes without having to go through city driving.

For comments, inquiries and reservations

(045) 599-5600

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Getting to this fine dining restaurant of Angeles City Clark Freeport Zone Pampanga Philippines
How to get to this fine-dining restaurant in Clark Philippines? Once you get to Clark Freeport, go straight until you hit Mimosa. After you enter Mimosa, stay on the left on Mimosa Drive, go past the Holiday Inn and Yats Restaurant (green top, independent 1-storey structure) is on your left. Just past the Yats Restaurant is the London Pub.

Yats Restaurant & Wine Bar
Mimosa Drive past Holiday Inn, Mimosa Leisure Estate,
Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, Philippines 2023

Manila Sales Office
3003C East Tower, Phil Stock Exchange Center,
Exchange Rd Ortigas Metro Manila, Philippines 1605

Manila visitors and tourists playing golf in Mimosa Clark are surprised to discover good restaurants in Pampanga serving excellent food with fine wines. One of the best restaurants in Pampanga is Yats Restaurant and Wine Bar which has been well regarded by food and wine lovers in Angeles City, Bulacan and Subic as one of the good restaurants in Clark to dine out while visiting Pampanga. This is one of the popular family restaurants in Pampanga that serve really good steaks as well as seafood. Visitors to Clark Philippines rarely pass up in the opportunity to dine at one of the best restaurants in Pampanga.

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Mimosa Golf Estate, Clark Field (Clark Airbase), Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, Philippines
Tel: (045) 599-5600 0922-870-5194 0917-520-4401 Ask for Daniel, Lito or Cosh

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