the centerpiece of the banquet table with the right wine
Ahh lechon&who can resist
it? Its crisp brown skin makes your mouth water with every bite; its succulent
meat bathed in savory liver sauce is simply tender, flavorful and heavenly!
Truly, lechon is one of the best
dishes in the Filipino culinary repertoire. This wood roaster fare is definitely
the star of every banquet. Majestically lying on the dinner table, the lechon
naturally lures foodies who just can't wait to sink their teeth on its goodness.
For Filipinos, special occasions
like anniversaries, weddings, birthdays and Christmas parties are often graced
with lechon as this food fare always seem to add excitement and fun to any celebration.
And when there is lechon, no beverage matches its regality but red wine.
The wine harmonizes perfectly with
lechon as it does not overpower the flavor of the meat. The medium bodied wine
is characterized by hints of blackberry and plum, with a slightly sweet aftertaste
that complements the garlicky, sweet and sour nuances present in lechon sauce.
It also neutralizes the fat in lechon meat.
According to Jemelleen Gonzales
of the famous Sosoy's lechon in Parañaque, "Red wine is great to
pair with lechon. Masarap at nakakapagpagana. Our customers usually
order softdrinks or beer when eating lechon, but now, they are discovering the
delicious tandem of red wine and lechon.
William Chua of Pingping Lechon
explains "Filipinos are not really wine drinkers but they are adventurous
when it comes to food and drinks. Nung nasubukan nilang ipares ang red wine
at lechon, nasarapan sila," he shares, adding that, "this pair
is something different. It's new and therefore a must try."
Like lechon, a glass of red wine
celebrates all the best in life - good food, good company and good times.