Thursday, October 6, 2016

Festa Del Vino Wine, Dine and Venice Grand Canal Gondola Rides Tour

Couple of months ago I attended several wine festival and roadshows. Festa Del Vino means Wine and Food Festival. The week long event at Mckinley Hill Taguig City sets the most romantic Italian activities and attraction on the mall. Last Sept 30 to Oct 9, 2016. Event where you can experience its best wine, dine and local tourist spot in Metro Manila. With the great view on Venice Grand Canal. 

We do crossover walk- eat - travel - ride tour on Itallian owned restaurants like the Sauceria and Trattoria Pogio Anttico at Tuscany followed by Comfort Tuesdays. Then Toni and Sergio and last is the Gran Caffe Lavena at McKinley Hill Mall before we rode the Gondola Small Boat or Bangka at Venice Grand Canal cruising inside the mall.
First, our meet up is at Sauceria in Tuscany. The Chicken and pork BBQ in different flavors on 4 stick cost 100 pesos. It taste soft and yummy BBQ stick and its hot herbs spices mix were delicious. May look like a street food but as I taste it. I can say that It truly brings out the best talent of the chef in marinating and grilling the meats. 

Then we eat slim thin crust mango roasted pork pizza. Something different than the regular pizza. It explodes on your mouth as you can taste the mango fruit paired with sexy meat. Together with sweat Barefoot Merlot's Dark Berries red wine. As owner greeted us via conference phone patch by its chef.

Second Visit is the Trattoria Poggio Antico at Tuscany, McKinley Hills Featuring Piatto di Formaggi paired with Ripasso della Valpolicella. Where we taste its finest wine paired with cheese, bread, grapes and also show off its owners fav wine. From different regions on Italy during its travel. You may see on wall lots of wine bottle displays from around the globe. 

They also have Organic wines such as Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva and french wines called Chateau Cru Godard Rouge 2010 and Chateau Haut Brisson 2012. As we enjoy great wine on table with grapes, cheese and bread.

Festa del Vino transform the Grand Canal into a Gourmet wine market. A fair that offers wine sampling and food pairing. Also performance from local artist such as Annaliza Laxamana, Aner Sebastian, Convocar, Edgar Cornito, Eman Santos, Erwin Mallari, Jet Bernal, Perry Henson, Renato Andres, Robert Deniega, Rommel Toledo, Salvador Ching, and Xander Calceta

Featuring 27 variants of labels  such as Carlo Rossi, Emperador, Gallo Family Vineyards, Barefoot Wine, Red Rock Winery, Canyon Road, The Naked Grape, Turning Leaf, and Starborough. Wine Lovers and wine Connoisseurs are invited to witness the 1st Festa Del Vino wine festival at McKinley Hill. 

Call the Mall Concierge 624-1971, 0917-5129934 or send email to them at  

3rd Restau stop is the  Comfort Tuesdays, Venice Grand Canal Mckinley Where we drink white wine paired with Parmesan Chicken Cutlet + Renmano Chairman's Caberner Sauvignon. Where you can see the perfect view outside on the Canal.

4th Stop is Toni & Sergio Gastro Italiano featuring Bistecca Ala Toni & Sergio paired with Montepulciano d'Abruzzo red wine. Also we talked about great pictures on wall like the Ferrari's, Horses and Travel Filming. Which the owners father and uncles passion told me about.

Anyway the red meduim rare meat steak is perfect with red wine. My favorite among food served in the entire tour. What excites me most was the formula 1 inspired sports theme restaurants props.   

Last Restau stop is the is the Gran Caffe Lavena at McKinley Hill Mall. The owner welcomed us to his great creation. Pastas, spaghetti, desserts, wine were served. Something different because I feel I'm in Opera - Dracula Eleganza Italia. Where servers wear attractive European uniforms and iconic fashion unique mask.

I like its Venetian interior design, furniture's, marbles, costumes and football memorabilia displays. The owner played Italian game card during that time for fun with friend and the one who lost pay the bill. 

Gondola Rides Tour at late night together with Megaworld Peeps and Foodies! Where the boat captain and singer sings Italian song for us. You may request as well like Les Miserables or any of your favorite classical song. 

Performed by Student from TUP with a golden voice. I requested Chainsmokers and Justin but he will performed it next time. So long it was my first time to ride here. Come and see Festa Del Vino to make your tummy and heart happy ever ever after.

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