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Celebrating Soiree Beaujolais in the Philippines

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I wrote about the (then upcoming) Soiree Beaujolais, including its rich history from the French vineyards to the Philippine shores and how it has been celebrated for the past 22 years. That was the press conference the French Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, also known before as Le Club, held in the Roma Salon of The Manila Hotel.

Last November 21, the online media publishing and marketing group PB Network which MiniPhilippines belongs to, was again invited to grace the event at the Tent City of The Manila Hotel. The sumptuous food was prepared by The Manila Hotel. Wine was served generously by Le Cellier. The cheeses and delicatessen – oh, the cheeses – were imported from France, as well as the Beaujolais Nouveau, the new wine from the rich, fertile grape fields and wineries of Beaujolais region.

The PB Network group arrived at the Tent City of The Manila Hotel around seven in the evening. By past eight o’ clock, the number of people have swarmed to more than 2,000 in my guess-timate. We were of course graciously ushered in and taken cared of by the media publicist of the French Chamber of Commerce-Le Club, Ms. Arabelle Jimenez of Ecrit Comm.

I had a quick chat with Cyril Rocke, the president of the chamber and also president of DataOne (the hosting company in IBM Plaza), but being his most important event of the year, had too many things to attend to. Also there to greet us was Bernard Flour, past president of the chamber and the owner of Le Cellier who provided the thousands of guests with overflowing wine.

Champagne Morales, who hosted the press conference, was also the host of the Soiree Beaujolais event. Serving the Beaujolais Nouveau was done with some pomp on stage before everyone was invited to go to the serving stations and get their taste of the new wine. Because this Beaujolais Nouveau has not aged yet, the taste is quite unfamiliar compared to most of the aged wine bottles I buy. Still, it’s an experience worth the attendance.

Music, dancing, wine, entrees, cheeses, delicatessen, desserts – that went on till the wee hours of the morning. I left before midnight, a little tipsy from all the combination of red wine, white wine and new wine; and of course, the cheeses!

I think I should say that everyone who is reading this has to look forward to attending next year’s Soiree Beaujolais. It’s a once a year, if not at least once in your lifetime, that you enjoy what the people in the streets of Paris have been doing through the centuries.

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Photos by @raffypekson via MiniPhilippines.com

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