Le Cellier and Spiral – a (foodie) match made in heaven

Two weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be part of a select group that was invited to experience the ultimate wine pairing dinner: the fine wines of Le Cellier and Spiral’s gastronomic selections. Sofitel Hotel’s restaurant Spiral is renowned for having one of the largest and most varied buffets in the country, and Le Cellier was set to showcase the myriad of possible pairings to be made from the entire spread and its variety of wines.

The selection of inebr... wines.

The selection of inebr… wines.

The event was held following the rousing success of the Soiree Beaujolais Nouveau, and had, as its guest of honor Yves Dominique Ferraud. Monsieur Ferraud is a fifth-generation wine maker who owns and operates the vineyards and distillery of Maison Ferraud, producers of Ferraud et Fils in the Beaujolais region of France.

Beaujolais, the fruity, light wine, is produced in the region with the same name. The area yields 160 million bottles of wine a year, and half of that is consumed within a month of being certified for sale. It only takes a month for the grapes that make up this particular kind of wine to go from vine to glass, and once a bottle is opened, it must be consumed within the same day or it loses much of its charm and flavor.

Our hosts and some of their guests.

Our hosts and some of their guests.

Yves Dominique Ferraud of makers of Ferraud et Fils wines from the Beaujolais region of France.

The region’s acclaimed “party wine” was joined by several other varieties – the bright Macon Villages Chardonnay, one of the only two whites of the night; the full-bodied Brouilly; and the Morgon, which admittedly I might have enjoyed a little too much.

Our host, Le Cellier’s founder Bernard Flour and Jorinda Flour, the company’s Business Development Manager, were seated at our table, and were quite generous with their extensive knowledge of wines. Monsieur Flour showed us how every kind of wine refracted light in a different way, from cloudy to ruby clear to dark and deep. He also spoke of how the wine variety came to be, of how the grapes grown in different regions under different conditions tasted, and which pairings he would recommend.

Yves Dominique Ferraud of Maison Ferraud, makers of Ferraud et Fils wines from the Beaujolais region of France.

Yves Dominique Ferraud of Maison Ferraud, makers of Ferraud et Fils wines from the Beaujolais region of France.

As the night wore on, the guests sampled all eleven wines, finding their own perfect pairings of wine and food in the great jungle that is the Spiral buffet. I myself stuck to the Morgon in its amusingly wide-bottomed glass and nibbled on cheese and meats. There was a whole room of them, after all. I’m glad I was there with friends, or I would never have left that cheesy wonderland.

Blogger friends Raffy and Edel, with one of the French guests.

Blogger friends Raffy and Edel, with one of the French guests.

If you’re interested to purchase French wines for your holiday celebrations (and maybe stock up for the rest of the year), here are Le Cellier’s deets:
Le Cellier French Wine Selection
Sunette Tower Unit 201
Durban St., Makati City
Tel. No. +632 897-1840
lecellier-wines.com

Matthieu Chapuis of Sofitel Manila would also like to invite those who are curious about wines and their many different incarnations to indulge in an evening of discovery every Thursday. Sofitel’s Le Bar is hosting Thursday Decadence, wherein guests can partake of amuse-bouche and artisanal cheeses along with ten premium wines from the top French vineyards. Admission to this celebration of life’s luxuries is Php 1800 a head.

Doing the Bunneh with the hotel's chefs and Matthieu Chapuis of Sofitel Manila.

Doing the Bunneh with the hotel’s chefs and Matthieu Chapuis of Sofitel Manila.

I’d get a head start on things if I were you. Wines are in pretty high demand for Christmas and New Year. While a premium scotch is still the gift of choice for father-in-laws, a good bottle of wine makes a great gift for bosses, friend’s husbands (hopefully one per friend), wine-loving friends, friends you want to influence to be wine lovers, and colleagues. Plus, wrapping is a cinch – slip it in a paper bag, bundle it in cloth, or just tie a tag on and it’s good to go.

So do try something new and break out of your beverage rut this year. Pop open some Saint Amour or Moulin a Vent, and discover a whole new world of flavor. Who knows, you might ring in 2014 with a whole new love for the French spirit.

Check out more images from the awesome dinner here.

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