August 13, 2014

Raise a Wine Glass and Raise Fund for Conservation with Banrock Station

Three weeks ago, I broke the exquisite rules of wine-tasting. I had wine in the morning, instead of coffee, and I enjoyed my Moscato with red meat. It is a fine morning with Banrock Station, a fine wine brand from Australia.

It was actually a rainy Monday morning, but the quiet little space in Todd English seemed perfect for the simple, intimate brunch as we welcomed Paul Burnett who came straight from a 7-hour flight from Adelaide to Manila. He brought with him a good selection of Banrock Station wine and an inspiring story on how the brand helps environmental projects around the world.

We sipped and enjoyed the fine, sweet white wine, Moscato as Paul took us to the Banrock Station's heritage and history.

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Banrock Station's wines are characterized by flavour-some, easy-drinking wines made from selected grape varieties from different parts of the world.

They prepared different bottles for us during the event, but I felt content and happy with a glass of Moscato. Something that most Filipinos would love as it is sweet, light-bodied and more like a sparkling wine.

For regular wine drinkers, there's Shiraz which exhibits blackberry fruit over coffee and oak aromas with hint of clove and cinnamon. Banrock Station also takes pride of its Merlot, which is a fresh balance of sweet cherry and dark berry fruits. The wine is soft and light with lasting body and length in palate. Of course, there's the ever popular Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a typical wine served during dinner that flaunts flavor of ripe red berries, black currants, black pepper and hint of Vanillin oak.

Paul shared that 4.5 million glasses of Banrock Station wine are enjoyed each year across 60 countries; and now we can enjoy the different varieties of these wine here in the Philippines.

Paul joined us in the table, and we got to know more about the man who started as a winemaker in South Australia, having worked and traveled in Italy and USA. He is armed with Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Oenology) from the University of Adelaide. 

He believes that the South Australian Riverland region is at the forefront of innovation and research across viticulture and winemaking. 

His passion to provide quality wine and products, cultivating region and protecting the planet did not end by promoting Banrock Station. In 1995, the Banrock Station Environmental Trust has re-invested profits into environmental projects around the world. He shared, how in 2012, they helped assist a group that help the lake in Ontario regained the salmon natural habitat.

I love that Banrock Station also reinforce ongoing improvements in environmental choices with packaging and use of sustainable techniques in the vineyard and winery with water and energy.

Paul, although busier in introducing Banrock Station to different countries, sees to it that he also takes the time to visit the vineyard and sometimes do the things that he once did when he was still a winemaker (including grape stomping). :) I wish we could visit a vineyard.

Over fine wine from Banrock Station, we enjoyed the simple salad and soft tacos. A new, exquisite way to enjoy the rainy season is to have a glass of wine - maybe with a fun company, or a good book at hand.

Asada Steak Taco

Simple Salad

Looks like I would enjoy more wine now with Banrock Station because everytime I raise a glass, I am raising funds for conservation. The wine sales have supported over 95 environmental projects in 13 countries. The projects range from restoring natural assets in Europe, and saving salmon in Canada to preserving waterways and wetlands in Australia. Hopefully, Banrock Station would also soon support an environmental group here in the Philippines! Cheers!

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