Adams, the one-barangay town high in the sylvan mountains, close by Pagudpud, knows its wines.
Adams, curiously, is a melting pot of tribal cultures. It has mastered the Cordilleran (Kankanaey) way of fermenting rice into a wine called tapuey. About 4 or 5 years ago, the local community introduced more wines, giving rise to a thriving wine industry.
Its wine made from bugnay (Antidesma bunius) fruit has become notoriously in demand. Touted to be the next wonder fruit, bugnay or bignay fruit is known to contain phytochemicals with potent antioxidants, which function to protect the body from free radical damage.
I sold about 20 boxes at a pre-Christmas eco bazaar some years back. A bottle of the sweet and tarty wine, costing just a little over a hundred pesos, can stand in lieu of fancy wines. I know of connoisseurs who have come to appreciate bugnay wine from Adams.
Buying from the Adams Wine Makers Association is synonymous with helping far-flung communities achieve their dreams.
Adams wines are available in Adams and at souvenir shops and select groceries in Ilocos.
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Ilocos Norte is fast gaining ground in winemaking. Besides the traditional basi (a liquor made of fermented sugarcane), Duhat and Bugnay wines are now being sold commercially. Tapuey can be found in the fascinating mountainous town of Adams.
Cormel Foods, an Ilocano company owned by Anthony Abadilla, has brought Ilocano liquor to the forefront through trade and tourism exhibits. Even Robinsons Supermarket IN now carries Cormel Foods’ innovative products. Duhat (Java plum, or lomboy) Wine has become one of the customary goodwill presents from Ilocano tourists visiting relatives and friends abroad.
Tapuey (rice wine) making is an art mastered by Lola Ingga Acupan of Adams. She inherited the recipe from her Kankanaey ancestors. It is made through fermentation by adding yeast to half-cooked organic mountain diket or balatinaw, sticky rice varieties. Sweet and delicate characterize exotic tapuey.
Another Adams wine product is Bugnay (wild blackberies) Wine. The people of Adams are constantly experimenting on other possible fruity alcoholic concoctions. At a local trade fair, I got to try Santol Wine, a great alternative to white wine, I guess.
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