A Taste of Australia: Fun Food and Wine Pairing at Sofitel’s Spiral Buffet!


Wine night at Sofitel’s La Veranda


When in Manila and looking for a luxurious way to unwind and spend special moments with your loved ones, Sofitel has got you covered with an array of fun and indulgent events at their renowned Spiral buffet! For fancy dinners that aim to awe and please, look no further as there’s always something to celebrate at Sofitel Philippine Plaza.


Elderton Winery’s Selection of Wines for the night



I had so much fun at Sofitel’s recently concluded “Tastes of Australia” event, in which Sofitel featured a selection of Australia’s finest vintage as provided by Elderton Winery. These variants of Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Golden Semillon were then paired with some of Spiral buffet’s delectable offerings, complete with a guided menu and commentary from Cameron Ashmead of Elderton Wines himself. It was a premium crash course on wine and food pairing against such a decadent setting, perfect for dates and intimate get-togethers!



That night I got to acquaint myself with 2-3 year old wines and discovered which was best paired with my seafood, steak, salad and dessert. Experiencing how each type of wine enhanced and affected the flavor of each dish was an eye-opener; my salmon sashimi tasted creamier, the robust flavors of steak were emphasized, and dessert was twice as sweet. It was basically an explosion of flavors in my mouth, as Sofitel’s F&B Director Damien Marchenay put it.


Bottles of Elderton’s High Altitude Barossa Shiraz 2012


This event happened to be my first food and wine pairing experience, and being in the presence of so much wine was especially daunting. However, the overall relaxed vibe of the event (and heady effects of the wine!) calmed my nerves and made the event all the more enjoyable. So fret not if you’re a wine-pairing newbie like me! Just bring a nice date or your bestie, a big appetite, and you’re all set for a night of exquisite wines, great food, and a one-of-a-kind experience.

There’s more to look forward to at Sofitel for the month of June! Check out what else they have in store for the coming days:


A TASTE OF ITALY (June 14-21, 2015)

Sink your teeth into Italy’s finest as Sofitel features Chef Toni Rossetti to shed light on the fine gastronomical heritage of Italian cooking. Chef Toni Rossetti will be offering heirloom recipes from Southern Italy as part of Spiral’s Italian dining atelier, paired with a selection of Italian wines to complete your meal. You may visit this link for reservations/inquiries: https://sofitelmanila.coffeecup.com/forms/Delizioso/



Dad reigns supreme this Father’s Day weekend as Spiral buffet brings together illustrious names in Filipino cuisine to whip up specialty heirloom recipes, from their families to ours. Get a taste of family-borne delights straight from the kitchens of celebrity chefs Sandy Daza and Ariel Manuel to Spiral’s buffet tables. Visit this link for reservations/inquiries: https://bit.ly/SpiralFathersDayShowcase

What are you waiting for? Go ahead and wine, dine and enjoy with your loved ones at Sofitel Philippine Plaza! 

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila


Roxas Boulevard, Pasay – Manila, 1099 Metro Manila 






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