Beringer, The Spirit of American Optimism Makes Manila Splash
Beringer, for its part is an iconic American brand, not just a same on a bottle. It is more than just a winery. It is an authentic brand filled with the spirit of American optimism, of hope and dedication. Confidence and perseverance. It is consistent, trusted and respected, both forward looking and extremely proud of its evolving legacy.
The Beringer Brothers, Jacob and Frederik first saw America in the 1950s as a land brimming with potential. Thus, upon arriving in Napa, the brothers Jacob and Frederick Beringer were reminded of the wine regions of there native Germany. By 1976, brothers Jacob and Frederick established Beringer Vineyards with a dream of making wines that would rival the finest in Europe. They laid down roots and put in the time and hard work it takes to turn a dream into something more meaningful. Something better.
Today, Jacob’s great great-grandson, Chief Winemaker Mark Beringer, guides what is California’s longest continually operating winery and one of Napa’s finest producers. With over 1,600 acres farmed across Napa’s best appellations, as well as Sonoma County and Paso Robles, Beringer today is recognized as one of the region’s preeminent producers with a rich portfolio of wines.
Guided by the same vision and legacy of his forebears. Mark Beringer comes to Manila to share the brand’s provenance by holding a series exciting wine events highlighting the excellence that has made Beringer a global brand.
M Cafe was a fitting venue (locally known as the habitué of the hip and trendy Makati social and business circle) to showcase some of the most outstanding wines from the extensive Beringer portfolio.
The day’s activities began with an afternoon Master Class held especially for the metropolis’ growing number of wine enthusiasts as well as sommeliers, chefs and industry practitioners and conducted by 5th generation Child Winemaker Mark Beringer.
The festivities continued as guests were treated to live music and al fresco cocktails featuring Beringer Sparkling White Zinfandel paired with Kesong Puti (carabao cheese) – Sea Urchin Aburi on Coconut Crispy Rice with Soy Kalamansi and a Plaza Ham Carving Station.
A short program hosted by Stephanie Zubiri-Crespi commenced with speakers Katherine Yao-Santos, President of Happy Living Wines welcoming the guests. Opening remarks by U.S. Agriculture Counselor, Ralph Bean followed by Beringer Chief Winemaker Mark Beringer as keynote speaker. Also on the occasion, Grand Winner for the Beringer #BetterBeckcons social media promo was awarded a fee trip to the Beringer Napa Valley Winery in California.
Soon after the ceremonial toast, the doors were flung open ushering guests to a Beringer Wine and Food Pairing adventure, featuring seven regional Filipino Haute’ Cuisine that included.
Beringer Founders’ Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2014 paired with Seafood Kilawin (Ceviche) Bar.
Beringer Founders’ Estate Chardonnay 2014 & Beringer Napa Valley Chardonnay 2014 paired with Frog Sisig (hash) with sous vide Quail Egg; Grilled Bagaybay (Tuna Milt).
Beringer Founders’ Estate Pinot Noir 2014 paired with Duck Dinuguan (stew) with Puto (sticky rice cake)
Beringer Founders’ Estate Zinfandel 2014 paired with Grilled Alaminos, Lucban, and Vegan Longganisa Skewers
Beringer Founders’ Estate Merlot 2014 & Beringer Napa Valley Merlot 2014 paired with Bistek (Filipino Spice Marinated) Tenderloin
Beringer Founders’ Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 paired with Kambing (Goat) Kaldereta a Foie Gras Pot Pie
Beringer Quantum Red Blend 2013 paired with Speed Davao-Style Lechon (Roast Pork) Belly
Capping off the evening’s wine and food adventure was a final toast and salute to Chef Kalel Chan exquisite food adventure with rousing cheers to “Beringer.” The crowd mingled, partied into the night and took selfies, hoping to win the next trip to Beringer’s Napa Valley Winery.
By the way, Beringer Wines is still looking for a winner to send on a trip for 2 to Napa Valley, California plus weekly prizes. Hurry and Join now before the contest ends on the 31st of January. Purchase a bottle of Beringer (keep the receipt) then post the flavors that inspire you with a glass of Beringer on Instagram to enter. Don’t forget to hashtag #BetterBeckons and #BeringerPH.