Every Christmas we always receive wine package from our Uncle who is a wine lover. He taught me how to tell wines apart. Though I am not really good at it, I am certain that I know how Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay tastes like regardless if I have not seen the label yet. Since then I become a wine lover and developed curiousity of the different types of wine specially because wine names are like music to my ears. Currently, my most favorite wine is a Moscato, specially if it is fruity. Imagine my excitement when I received my invitation to attend the E & J Gallo Royal Wine Event that was held at Grand Convention Center of Cebu. It was totally surreal!

 

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Gallo wines sounds new to me, I haven’t tried a single wine from the brand, so I was really curious about the product. The speaker of the night was Mr. Aubrey Buckingham of E & J Gallo Winery, who provided us with information about the product and the history of E & J Gallo Winery, owned by Gallo Family and founded by the brothers Ernest and Julio Gallo in 1933 at Modesto, California. I was amazed that this product comes from humble beginnings and succeeded to become the second largest winery in the world that supplies wine to 93 different countries. From then on they became the highly acclaimed winery that earned major awards from prestigious international wine competitions.

 

Without further ado, let me present to you the E & J Gallo wine products.

 

Let’s start with the Gallo Family Varietals. Each of these varietals had been aged in oaks to develop the taste and complexity that appeals to the most sophisticated wine drinker.

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Cabernet Sauvignon
It combines tastes of Blackberry and black currant that are balanced by a hint of oak for a smooth mouth feel.

Merlot
It is the blended flavors of black cherry, ripe plum, and hints of oak for a smooth mouth feel.

Chardonnay
It has the flavor of citrus notes, hint of vanilla and a dash of oaks making this a crowd pleaser.

White Zinfandel
It combines crisp refreshment with bright fruit. You’ll taste flavors of strawberry and hints of sweet white peach.

Moscato
It has a bursting delicious flavors of peach, honey and ripe citrus.

 

These are the other Gallo Family varietals.

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Barefoot Wines. This is the most awarded and the most affordable wine of E & J Gallo Winery.

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Moscato
Delightfully sweet with lush fruity aromas. Hints of citrus skip across flavors of juicy peach and ripe apricots.

Sauvignon Blanc
It’s bursting with summer fruit flavors like honeydew melon, nectarine and peach. Pear and lime notes meld into a soft finish.

Merlot
It is a perfect combo of cherry, boysenberry, plum and chocolate flavors. Raised right, it’s well rounded with mild tannins.

Cabernet Sauvignon
It has berry flavors like currant, raspberry and blackberry jam with a velvety vanilla finish.

 

These are the other Barefoot varietals.

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Canyon Road Wine. It is a sophisticated California wine that captures the style of contemporary life for image conscious consumers.

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Chardonnay
Medium- bodied wine with notes of crisp apple and ripe citrus fruit with a hint of cinnamon spice.

Merlot
A soft and elegant mouthfeel, this wine has deep flavors of rich cherries and jammy blackberries, followed by hints of vanilla and spice.

 

These are the other Canyon Road varietals.

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Turning Leaf Wines. It combines sophisticated taste and quality with the casual, unpretentious attitude that fits contemporary lifestyles.

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Cabernet Sauvignon
With the aroma of vanilla and brown spice, flavors of blackberry jam and dark fruit, smooth finish with hints of oaks.

Merlot
Blended flavors of black cherry, ripe plum, and hints of oaks for velvety richness.

Chardonnay
Has aromas of tropical fruits, butterscotch and layered flavors of pineapple, peach with hints of oaks.

 

These are the other Turning Leaf varietals.

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And finally, the premium wines Starborough Sauvignon Blanc and Red Rock Merlot.

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Starborough Sauvignon Blanc evokes the subtle flavor of New Zealand’s natural beauty. It’s a sophisticated taste that’s easy to like. It is characterized by crisp citrus and tropical fruit accent and lively acidity. It has the flavors of honeydew melon, passion fruit and peach.

 

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Red Rock Merlot opens with aromas of caramelized sugar and vanilla, which are nicely balanced by jammy fruit flavors. Dark fruit flavors of blackberry, dark cherry and black currant overwhelm the palate, creating a well-rounded structure that leads to a smooth and velvety finish.

 

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It was a very fantastic event and I learned so much about wines. These products are a must-try because it has an amazing and promising flavors.

 

The E & J Gallo Royal Wine Event is presented by Emperador Distillers Inc. and The E & J Gallo Winery.

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Outfit Details:

Dress: Belle Jean Clothing
Bag: Marithe Francois Girbaud
Shoes: CLN
Earrings: Nima
Ring: Franck Herval Bijoux
Other Accessories: Beads and Pearls

 

Blue is indeed the summer’s warmest color. Due to extreme heat that we have been experiencing lately, I opted to wear comfy clothes with fun prints as it is suitable for summer. I love everything about this outfit from top to bottom and blue is becoming another favorite color of mine. I started hauling for blue accessory pieces to add to my accessory collection and I am just glad I have discovered a lot of stores with great accessory find without me travelling to Lapu-lapu so I could buy accessories from Franck Herval. This will just be a start of one of the blue blog posts that I will have and for sure I will be blogging more, so stay tuned!

 

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Painting is a talent that only the chosen one’s possess, some people are born with it while others have developed this talent after training and practice. I wish I had this talent in me so I can pour all my emotions and express myself through painting. But I’m not sad that I do not have this kind of talent because all of us are artists on our own ways. For me my artistic side is through fashion styling.

 

Last May 20, I attended the art show called Heirs to the Throne: A rising artist series at Qube Gallery. This features the painting and artworks of Thomas Jopson, Lhee Taneo, Kenichi Wani, Wyndelle Remonde, Marvin Natural and Kidlat.

 

Wines were served to all guests.

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The kings and queen of the night, from left; Kenichi Wani, Kidlat, Lhee Taneo, Wyndelle Remonde and Marvin Natural.

 

These are the artworks of Kidlat.

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This is my most favorite, the painting is called “Handler”. The moment I entered the gallery this is what caught my attention. I happened to talk to Kidlat about his styles of painting and he told he paints random things. The series of paintings that you see has small butterflies, but he corrected me because those are moths and not butterflies. The moths signifies memories and just like moths they are scattered all around. I asked him why is the handler holding the chicken is a girl? And so he answered that it is wife and that the chicken is him. That totally melted my heart.

 

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This is another painting of him that intrigued me. He said that the numbers are numbers for Suertres (a three-digit lottery game derived from Spanish word Suerte ” luck” and Tres “three”), because every morning when he wakes up that is the scene that he is sees outside his house.

 

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Kidlat is a member of the street art group Ubec Crew and Junks Collection. His style is minimalist with the use of black and white with pops of color. Each of his paintings has message in them that chronicles his life experiences and the things he sees around him.

 

These are the paintings of Kenichi Wani.

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The first thing I noticed with his paintings are the round heads. He said that back in college, his thesis was about symbolism, he wanted to create something that symbolizes him so he made his work of art like him. His paintings are very personal because he sees himself in it along with his friends. Just by looking at his paintings I can see how wide his imagination and how he channels fantasies in rainbow colored pastel paintings.

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Kenichi Wani is a Filipino-Japanese painter, he graduated at the University of the Philippines with Fine Arts degree in Painting. He only uses oil and canvas in his paintings with colorful and playful style.

 

These are the paintings of Thomas Jopson.

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He was not present during the event but his paintings speak so loud you cannot ignore it. This painting is my favorite. I love every painting with a woman figure in it, just like how I love the Mona Lisa painting of Leonardo da Vinci.

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Thomas Jopson is a Tacloban native which makes me so proud because I am also from the Leyte province. His style in painting consist of fantasy arts and magical realism. His childhood played a major role why he pursued fine arts, because back when he was younger he is a comic fan and he would draw and sculpt his favorite characters.

 

These are the paintings of Wyndelle Remonda.

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He has a very different style in painting. In one canvas he can use oil, acrylic, spray paint and textile paint. It is like a collage of everything he wanted to convey in a fine and clean details. Every painting has meaning and it is with us how we interpret what we see.

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Wyndelle Remonde was once a graphic artist before he quit and focused on painting that is why he loves incorporating cartoons in his paintings. His primary influence is his father who is also an artist.

 

These are the paintings of Marvin Natural.

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He is the only artist I didn’t had the chance to talk to, but based on what I see on his painting, I noticed that he loves to paint “reality”. He paints what he sees around us; the imperfection of the world, people’s struggles and people on their daily activities. It’s full of emotions with perfect details.

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Marvin Natural already established his name in the art scene; he exhibited his works here and abroad, and he already gained recognition on his previous works, but continuously amazes us with every paintings he create. This truly proves that art is always a work in progress and we get better each time as we master our craft.

 

Last but not the least is the only girl artist Lhee Taneo.

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She is the youngest and the most promising. Her artwork is extraordinarily because she uses small shells of different colors instead of paints. This is the first time that I saw this type artwork. She buys shells in bulk then she sorts them out by colors. Imagine how time consuming is that? The white shells are boiled for the white color to come out, some of the shells are chlorinated to achieve desirable color. She uses wood, not canvas because canvas cannot hold the shells. A lay out will be made on the wood before she starts gluing the shells. One artwork takes 3 weeks or more before it will be finished.

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I salute this girl for a job will done, you’re only making every women proud and make us feel that it is really the girls who run the world.

 

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Before I left the event, I had the chance to have a photo with Arcy Gayatin, a Cebuana fashion designer. If painters have mentors, we fashion bloggers also have inspiration and some of the people who inspires us are fashion designers. It was indeed a pleasure to see her and talk to her during the event.

 

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This time with Micah Almazan of A-list. It was nice to meet finally you and thank you for having me. It was truly a wonderful night full of beautiful things to see.

 

 

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