DR. WINE, one of the best wine bars in the Metro today, recently opened their private dining area called The 3rd Floor.
It was awesome experiencing their inaugural wine dinner, with a vintage Pelissero Barbaresco, and the winemaker himself in attendance.
Here's the story of The 3rd Floor Private Dining at Dr. Wine and how you can organize your own private wine dinner events…
For The 3rd Floor reservations, please call +63 917 887 4426
As French Doctor Louis Pasteur once said, "wine is the healthiest of all beverages," so a visit to Dr. Wine is really an invitation to become healthy and invigorated after a hard day's work in Makati.
One of the former French owners of Dr. Wine in Shanghai, who married a Filipina, decided to leave Shanghai and establish Dr. Wine in Manila.
They say that Manila feels like Shanghai 10 years ago, when the entire lifestyle scene was booming.
The Third Floor was designed by the owner himself. It just feels like entertaining guests in your own Makati apartment, complete with a sala, long communal table, and kitchen.
Pelissero Moscato D'Asti DOCG 2016 (₱2,050 bottle)
We started the dinner with a Moscato wine from Pelissero, which is refreshingly sweet and with just enough alcohol to get the conversation going.
Dr. Wine is owned by Vincent and Eva Landais, Jean Philippe Guillot of AWC Wines Philippines, and Simon Côté of Apotheke Craft Spirits Co. (formerly from Shangri-La at the Fort and one of the persons responsible for the hotel's successful dining concepts).
Dr. Wine's Belgian Chef Julienne Lecomte created the wine dinner menu, which was served directly from the open kitchen of The 3rd Floor.
It was awesome to meet Giorgio, a 3rd generation Pelissero, who introduced his Italian family's wines to Manila, and opened a Barbaresco 2007 and 2008 to commemorate this auspicious occasion.
The night was a vertical tasting of Pelissero wines, starting with a side by side tasting of Docetto D'Alba with Barbera D'Alba.
Pelissero Docetto D'Alba DOC Munfrina 2014
Italian wines are generally named after the Italian grape it was produced from, like the Dolcetto black Italian grape wine from the Piedmont region of northwest Italy, where Pelissero wines hail from.
Grilled Veggie Lasagna (₱450) with Parma Ham Cold Cut Selection
We had individual servings of lasagna paired with fresh vegetables and a slice of Parma ham to kick-start the sit-down dinner.
Pelissero Barbera D'Alba DOC Piani 2014 (₱2,680 bottle)
I learned that Italian wines are made with the intention to pair with food, which is why most have a dry finish.
I like the Barbera Italian red grape (more than the Dolcetto), the third most-planted red grape variety next to Sangiovese and Montepulciano in Italy.
Osso Bucco Gremolata (₱980 ala carte) served with Fresh Tagliatelle
A family serving of Osso Bucco was served for 4-5 people to share. It was tender and perfectly cooked with fresh thin flat pasta.
Pelissero Barbaresco DOCG Nubiola 2013
Barbaresco is an exception to the grape naming convention because this is made from Nebbiolo grape and named after the comune of Barbaresco in the Piedmont region of Italy.
This is the current vintage of Barbaresco and the best expression of the Pelissero wines from this region of Italy.
Italian Cheeses Selection Platter (P580) served with artisan bread and butter.
French cheeses are usually served in Dr. Wine, but for tonight we had a special array of Italian cheeses: Tellagio, Gorgonzola, Fourme du mont dop, and Pecorino.
We liked the Tellagio cheese and the Gorgonzola, which is like a blue cheese, especially when you eat it with the bread.
Pelissero Barbaresco DOCG Tulin 2007 Magnum
The 2007 vintage is no longer available in the market, so opening it after 10 years is quite special. This kind of wine tastes better with age and you can even drink it after more than 10 years.
After letting it breathe for a bit, it was really good to drink, especially with the cheeses.
Pelissero Barbaresco DOCG Vanotu 2008 Magnum
A 2008 vintage was also opened. Once you've tasted the best vintage and compared it with the younger, you really learn more about it and have a better idea of what good wine should taste like.
It was fun observing Giorgio enjoying his babies and like any good parent, he wouldn't reveal his favorite. But the empty glasses of wine surely don't lie. 🙂
We ended on a classic sweet note of chocolate cake a la mode to complete our Pelissero wine dinner.
Congratulations to Dr. Wine himself, Vincent Landais, on a successful European restaurant and Wine Bar concept and the grand opening of The Third Floor!
The Third Floor is open for private dining reservations at P25,000 during weekdays and P50,000 consumable during weekends. The communal table with bench sitting can comfortably seat 15 diners, but the whole place can accommodate more with people standing or sitting in the sala area.
You can bring your own music or enjoy the sounds from the vinyl player. You can also bring your own chef or cook your own food from the open kitchen. Just note that it actually is on the third floor with a steep staircase.
It should be a great place to celebrate your private parties this Christmas season, or your birthdays or other milestones with close friends and family.
Congratulations to Dr. Wine and the launch of The Third Floor concept!
For reservations of The 3rd Floor, please call +63 917 887 4426
Live an Awesome Life,
Disclosure: Our meal was courtesy of our friend Eva. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights.
P.S. Wait, there's more…
Kartel Manila is about to open on December 15, which is a branch of Kartel Shanghai, with the same rooftop bar feel and a 360-degree view of the Metro Manila skyline.
You can see BGC from here!
You can also choose to go up and smoke here and admire the view of Makati.
The view of Rockwell is especially nice when all the Christmas lights are lit up and outline the buildings.
This will definitely be the place to be this Christmas season!