According to the results of a regional survey commissioned by Beringer Vineyards in 2017, 60% of Filipinos surveyed believe that they could have maximized their vacation leaves and holidays (including long weekends) if they had spent more time travel planning. Inspired by this, Beringer started the Winederlust Dinners, a series of dinner events that encourage people to invest time on preparing for their trips while enjoying a bottle of wine over dinner! Planning can be fun, too!
Last October 2018, the first ever Winederlust Dinner in Manila was hosted at Rockwell’s Glasshouse Cafe: Harlan+Holden Dine. Travel and lifestyle blogger David Guison shared some of his travel planning tips and hacks in his trip to India, including how to plan the theme for your Instagram gallery by selecting the right color palette and attire! (The key is to buy clothes at your destination and blend in with the locals!) #fashown
“Planning a holiday entails a good mix of logistics and creativity and can often end up being very tense and stressful, especially if everyone in the group has strong opinions. I usually disguise my travel planning sessions as a get-together with friends over a cheeky glass of wine. This keep everyone relaxed and in a good mood.” explained David.
Travel planning might seem like a drag for some of us. Thankfully, in every barkada, there’s always that one control freak that likes to plan the itinerary. (That’s me!!!) I remember planning for my trip to Toronto, Vancouver and Banff. I spent hours and countless sleepless nights just obsessing over the balance between logistics and cost while finding the best experiences. My secondary goal after finding the best value was to create the best schedule with transportation cost and time as my constraints. I had a spreadsheet complete with activity, location, time start and time end, duration in minutes, price per person and price per group, number of people, payment method and person who paid. In between activities, I also plotted out how long it would take to travel from Point A to Point B, beginning with breakfast up to coming back to the hotel.
Most of my time went to research, like looking for various options, their prices and their location. Because I regularly found something better days later, I constantly had to rework the itinerary. Updating the activities affected the sequence of events and messed up my route optimization. Things would have gone faster if we divided and conquered, like if each person had done research for a certain location or activity. After consolidating all the resources, one person could then finalize the route, thus avoiding rework.
Having a planning session of wine and dinner like the Winederlust by Beringer could help you and your friends collaborate on creating a convenient, budget-friendly, memorable itinerary. Beringer wines are easy to drink with ripe red berry notes characteristic of sunny Californian reds. This is the kind of wine for everyone! I especially loved the Founder’s Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.
Food and Wine Pairing
Root Crop Chips – House-made hand cut chips of assorted sweet potatoes, served with a side of green aioli.
Greek Arugula Salad with Beringer Founder’s Estate Sauvignon Blanc – Fresh green arugula tossed in a light lemon vinaigrette topped with sun-dried tomatoes, black olive, feta cheese and diced watermelon.
Iberian Chicken with Beringer Founder’s Estate Chardonnay – Deboned chicken amrinated in whole garlic cloves, fresh herbs, white wine, lemon and pure olive oil, seared and slow roasted for an hour. Served with more roasted garlic and a mix of potatoes.
Beef Short Ribs with Beringer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – Fall off the bones beef short ribs, slow-cooked for 5 hours in a soy sauce blend and mild chili. Served on a steamed white Jasponica rice.
Cheese Platter – Brie, Emmental, Gruyere, Parmesan Cheese
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Monday to Thursday: 7 AM to 9:30 PM
Friday to Sunday: 7 AM to 10:30 PM
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