Artisan Cellar Door, Magallanes

If there was something I’d like to learn more about, it is the rich history and elements about wine. A good friend of ours, Lourdes just flew to New York to undergo a 6 month course about it. Theirs so much to learn about its origins, variety, age, texture, range and even its smell. A crash course on this sophisticated and cultural alcohol is available here at Artisan Cellar. That is if part owner, Roxanne Lee is around the store. She is passionate as it gets about wine.

This newly built establishment is also a go to for all your cocktail party needs. It boasts not only a wide selection of fine wines from different regions, it also has world class cheeses, cold cuts and quality cattle. We had the pleasure of having a range of these in a sit down visit here and everything is worth coming back for.

Their USDA Rib-Eye was not just super juicy and tender, it was also seasoned just right. For just Php 1,500 for approximately 400 grams, it’s a deal especially to carnivores. While sipping into three kinds of wines, I also enjoyed the finely cut Jamon, Brie cheese with walnuts, raisins and crackers.

If you are looking for a wine cellar matched with a lounge, this is hands down the go to place. From their most popular wines are the brands they carry under the Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) portfolio: Lafite Collection from Bordeaux, Domain D’ Aussieres from Languedoc, Bodegas Caro from Argentina and Vina Los Vascos from Chile. Artisan is likewise a big Brunello, Barolo and Burgundy house, too.

For champagne, they carry Gosset, Larmandier-Bernier, and will soon be carrying grower champagne [sparkling wines made in the Champagne region of France that are produced by the same estate that owns the vineyards from which the grapes come]. They also have a large selection of prosecco including Ruggeri, which Christie’s World Encyclopedia of Champagne & Sparkling Wine declared “the best prosecco.” (Entry level Ruggeri begins at around PHP 900, moving up to PHP 2,000++ for more premium.

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