A quick stop at the Fort Ilocandia Deli and Wine Shop

I went to the Fort Ilocandia the other day hoping to give my visiting childhood friend/old schoolmate a sendoff. I missed her by a mere 10 minutes, so I dropped by the delicatessen shop, again, hoping to buy a pack of tamago sushi, but they weren’t available.

The wine display caught my attention. So new, they have their own signature fruit wines now. The mango wine is a bouquet of citrus flavors, while the black plum wine is a sweet and tarty wine made from select ripened black plums, great gifts for the wine connoisseurs or the ordinary wine lovers out there.

Their European breads are wonderful. French baguette, wholegrain rye and wheat breads are my picks.

Something to satisfy the sweet tooth are their classic pastries. The cream puffs are just delectable. Ah, sugar, sugar!

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The Wines of Ilocos Norte

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.

Happy shot session!

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