Wine Tasting in Manila Philippines: How To Host a Wine Tasting Party

I am a big fan of tasting parties. At the wine tasting party we hosted recently, I caught myself standing at the island in our kitchen just smiling and taking in the scene of our living room filled with people we love. The sound of that many people having fun is the greatest blessing on any home.

The world is too full of people telling you what you should like, giving you intimidating rating scales, and just generally increasing the stress of making any choice. There is a psychologist who suggests that too much choice makes us unhappy, at least in part because for every choice we make, we worry that there was some better choice out there we didn’t make. So make yourself happy: get a bunch of wine all together in one place, drink, be merry, and discover what you like. Because a tasting party is absolutely the best way for you to discover what you like. Hosting a wine tasting party is great fun with friends, and it can absolutely be put together with little fuss and within a reasonable budget. My husband and I first got into hosting wine tasting parties while we were engaged: we wanted try out different wines on our friends to select the wines we would serve at our wedding reception. Now it continues as a fun tradition.

The basic idea is to serve about six different bottles of wine. The wine is usually served in pairs or sets, so guests receive two or three at a time and can taste back and forth among them and make their own judgments. The bottles (or at least the labels) are usually covered in brown paper.

The key to hosting a wine party is not to get so wrapped up in the details that you stop having fun. An up-tight host is a total buzz-kill. If you did nothing more complicated that grab six wines off your local grocery store shelf and phone a few friends, it would still be a successful party. Because you are happy, they are your friends, they are wonderful, and hey, everyone is all a little liquored up.

Here’s my guide to throwing low-hassle wine parties whether you are a wine newbie or an aspiring wine-snob.

How Many Wines?

We usually do six different wines at a tasting party. In general I would recommend doing no more than eight wines at a sitting.

How much will it cost?

We threw a wine tasting party this weekend for 16 people and the total bill for wine and food was only $120. As a rough rule of thumb, plan on $7-$10 per person. Of course, the cost will depend a lot on what wines you pick. You can definitely get some reliably good wines for $8-$15 per bottle, so if you plan on tasting six bottles, that would be about $60-$70 plus tax. If you are interested in tasting more expensive wines, that will increase the price quickly.

In general, for light food options (either sweets or savories) plan on about $40-50 worth of food (for 12-14 guests) if you will do some of the assembly yourself. If you are buying more prepared foods, or more expensive foods, plan for closer to $70.

How Many People?

We have had as few as 12 and as many as 24. In general you can get about 10-12 tasting-sized servings out of a bottle. So it helps to get your guest list either between 8-14, or 18-26.

What do I need?

The big challenge will be having wine glasses for everyone. If you are serving wine in pairs (see below), then you ideally want 2 wine glasses for each person, so they can taste back and forth between the two wines in the pairing. If you are serving in sets of three, then you would want to have three glasses per person.

We happen to own an embarrassing number of wine glasses now, but when we started hosting wine parties we had to ask our guests to bring their own pair of wine glasses. I’m sure there’s some law of etiquette we violated, but it didn’t detract from the fun one bit.

If you intend to serve some light food along with the wine, you’ll want small plates for everyone.

It can be nice to give people someplace to write down their “tasting notes.” For people just getting started, I recommend nothing more complex than a blank sheet of paper where they can write their ideas down. If you are into building your wine expertise, you may want to provide different guides, such as rating guides, or a sheet that lists common tasting notes. If you have a regular group who will get together to do tastings (a sort of wine club) then you may want to invest in something more permanent to keep your ongoing record of tastings in. This could be a nice bound notebook or one of the books printed specially for wine tasting.

What Wines Should I Serve?

Pick a focus. This is all up to you, and it probably depends on your sense of how experienced you and your guests are with wine. If most people are just getting started, it can be great fun to start with a general focus, like “whites” or “reds.” If you are a little more advanced, you may want to pick something more specific, like comparing different vineyards in the same region, different years of the same vineyard, different regions of the same country, or even different countries.

If you are doing a more advanced “focus tasting” whatever you pick as your focus, you want to be sure that you include some intentional variation, and then try to minimize other kinds of variation. For example, if you decide you want to taste based on country or “terroir” then I recommend you select a grape that is grown in several different countries, for example pinot noir. Then select pinot noirs from France, the United States, South Africa, Australia etc. On the other hand, if you want to do a tasting based on price, then you would try for pairs of the same varietal, from the same country/region, only one would be value-priced and one would be higher priced.

If you do a tasting with too much variety it is really difficult to figure out what you are tasting in the comparison. For example, if you select an inexpensive Malbec from Argentina, a pricey Pinot Noir from Oregon (US), and a cheap Merlot from France, it may be difficult to tell what part of the taste can be attributed to the grape varietal, what to the quality of production, and what to the difference in country.

My best recommendation is that no matter how you decide to focus or structure your tasting party, you offer your wines in pairs or sets. Usually this means a 2 x 3 format or a 3 x 2 format. For example, if you are doing a 2 x 3, you could do two different varietals (Pinot Noir and Gamay) from three different countries. Alternately, you could do three varietals (Malbec, Shiraz and Pinotage) from two different countries each.

What follows are just a few examples to get your brain going:

Standard Reds
• 2 cabernet sauvignon, 2 merlot, 2 pinot noir

Emerging Reds
• 2 Argentine Malbec, 2 Australian Shiraz, 2 South African Pinotage

Standard Whites
• 2 Chardonnay, 2 Sauvignon Blanc, 2 Pinot Grigio

• 3 Gewurztraminer, 3 Riesling

• 3 Oak Aged Chardonnay, 3 Non-oaked Chardonnay

Uncommon Whites
• 2 Timorasso, 2 Viognier, 2 Tempranillo

Dessert Wines
• 2 Ports, 2 Tawny ports, 2 Madeira

• 3 white muscadel, 3 red muscadel

• 2 champagne, 2 rainwater Madeira, 2 icewine

Terroir Tasting
• 3 Cabernet and 3 Shiraz (one each from Australia, US, Argentina)

• 6 Rieslings (two each from Germany, France, and Australia)

Vintage Tasting
• 3 Petit Syrah (same vineyard, 3 different years) and 3 Merlot (ditto)

Price Tasting
• Pick two or three varietals. In each category, select one wine that is in the “everyday” value for you, one that is a bit nicer, and one that qualifies as a treat. Within our income bracket, we usually select one that is about $10, one that is about $20 and one that is $30-40. This can be a great way to try to discover the subtleties of a more sophisticated wine by using direct comparison. It can also be a great way to discover value wines that you really love. And of course, don’t tell anyone which wine is which when you are pouring it.

What Food do I serve?

I think the first consideration here is, again: do not drive yourself crazy. The minute that trying to find the perfect pairing is making you insane and detracting from your fun, you should forget about it. This party is, after all, about discovering what you like. So I give you permission to just pick whatever food makes you happy. There are umpteen million suggestions out there and rules for what to do and what not to do. But that is sort of like inviting the US Tax Code to your party. How fun is that?

Reasonable strategies for picking food:
• Pick relatively neutral things you like (e.g. crostini with goat cheese)

• Ask an expert at your local cheese counter or wine shop

• Pick foods you eat often, because it can be fun to discover for yourself whether or not they work with different foods (e.g. mini steak sandwiches, appetizer ravioli)

• Pick whatever is bite-sized and easy, because hey, you are busy enough already (e.g. freezer-section crab rangoon)

If you want to get your toes wet in more advanced pairing strategies, a good place to start is the very easy to use matching tool offered by Natalie MacLean. You can select either the wine you have or the food you have and her site generates a list of specific recommendations that pair well with that wine or food. The fact that this matcher pairs in both directions (either starting with food and recommending wine or vice versa) makes it one of the most user-friendly and versatile pairing tools out there.

Good restaurants in Pampanga are capable of offering a real fine dining experience to visitors from Manila and tourists from all over the world. One of the best restaurants in Pampanga is Yats Restaurant and Wine Bar, generally known as the best restaurant in Clark Philippines. Gourmet dining at its best can be experienced in this popular restaurant outside of Manila. Frequent guests favor gourmet dishes like venison, escargots and kangaroo while some prefer to enjoy a really good U.S. Angus steak with a bottle of fine vintage wine from Bordeaux or California. After dinner, guests can relax and unwind in the wine bar of this restaurant in Clark Pampanga, enjoy a dessert wine, a glass of port with cheese for example.

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Yats Restaurant and Wine Bar was built by Hong Kong-based Yats International in 2000 to provide a world-class fine dining restaurant, business meeting facilities and venues for private dinners and functions in Pampanga Angeles City Clark Freeport Zone. Pampanga Angeles City Clark Philippines was selected for this restaurant because of safety, clean air, absence of traffic and proximity to Manila and Subic.

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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.


Pampanga is fast gaining the respect of food and wine lovers from Manila and tourists from all over Asia as a holiday destination that has good restaurants. Manila residents spending holidays in Clark often wine and dine at some of the best restaurants in Pampanga. Within Angeles City, there is one restaurant in Clark that is lauded by food and wine lovers as one of the best restaurants outside Manila to enjoy good wine and good food. This is also one of the good restaurants in Pampanga that is very child friendly also. Visitors to Clark Philippines rarely pass up in the opportunity to dine at one of the best restaurants in Pampanga.


The best restaurants in Pampanga can be found in Clark.  Restaurants in Angeles City Pampanga offer meals at lower prices and cater to casual dining and budget tourists.  Here food and wine lovers enjoy good food and fine wine in restaurants that are as good as the best restaurants in Manila.  For wine lovers, a dinner at the famous Yats Restaurant in Clark Pampanga is a good treat.  This restaurant offers a restaurant wine list that has no comparison even among the best restaurants in Manila.  Many people want to train here in this famous restaurant to become a wine steward or sommelier in the Philippines.


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