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Adobo – on another level! Make your adobo taste better than ever with these red wine choices:

Adobo – on another level! Make your adobo taste better than ever with these red wine choices:

Everybody seems to love adobo, even foreigners express their enjoyment when tasting the dish. The savory chicken or pork dish is usually mixed with soy sauce and vinegar – sometimes with sugar, garlic, bay leaf, salt, and pepper. This gives a salty and sour taste that makes you want to get another cup of rice. However, as time passes by, ingredients are added to improve the taste. Recently, adobo upgraded with wine as its additive.

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Adobo – on another level! Make your adobo taste better than ever with these red wine choices:

Pinot Noir

Red wine is known for its low alcohol content. Considered as one of the oldest grapes in the world, its price range starts from Php 500 with its 750ml bottle. According to The Spruce Eats, t tastes like a combination of vanilla, spice, chocolate, tobacco, and oak. With its flavors of dark cherries, red currants, berries, mushrooms, and soil. They also added that Pinot Noir’s fine tannins and balanced acidity go along with a variety of dishes.  This includes meat, chicken, and even mushroom and eggplant. And one of them is our adobo.

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Manila Wine


The Vine Pair stated that this wine belongs to the most widely planted red grapes in the world. Strawberries, raspberries, notes of pepper and compared to a fruit roll-up flavor red wine. Brian Freedman from Food and Wine also described this as very versatile with food. It matches perfectly with less spicy Asian food that usually comes with adobo. It costs PHP 750 for its 750ml bottle.

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Rusden Wine


A light-bodied wine like Pinot Noir is considered as its cousin wine. Displays flavor of red cherries, strawberries, raspberries, and sometimes boiled sweets and bananas as per the Wine Searcher. Known for its “aromatic notes of violet and black tea, along with earthy characteristics such as potting soil,” according to the Vine Pair staff. One of the best characteristics of it is how well it would pair with food like fish and meat. A 750ml bottle of Gamay wines costs around PHP 700.

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Its 750ml is quite pricey which starts at PHP 1,860. It has a flavor full of raspberry, cranberry, and even bacon notes. Commonly used for blending to some other wines such as Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre. Taste like “bright acid, gritty tannins, bitter spice, and dry herb notes over red and black fruit,” according to Greig Santos-Buch from Wine Traveler. Just like Grenache and Gamay, it also pairs with food perfectly. Erin Doman of Wine Cooler Direct said that the earthy qualities of Carignan will suit the roasted and cured meat.

Balistreri Vineyards

You might think that it would cost too much for wine to be added to a simple dish of adobo. However, red wine can be used for other dishes, too. Plus, you can enjoy a glass with a few friends as well. 

I love the taste of adobo the way it is. However, trying to discover another ingredient can treat your taste buds, fill your stomach, and make your heart flutter. Wine + adobo = a perfect combination. Simple yet classy. Thinking about what to serve at the dinner table? Why don’t you try this new upgrade on adobo? The secret ingredient: Red wine!

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