PLANET GRAPES – Wine Without The Drama at McKinley Hill
Planet Grapes, a wine store/wine bar, marks its formal opening at the G/F Bldg. 3 of Tuscany at McKinley Hill, Upper McKinley Road, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on July 30. Planet Grapes is the newest place for people who want to discover and drink wine without the anxiety or drama. At Planet Grapes, customers can discover and learn about wine one grape at a time. And with two in-store Enomatic wine dispensers, guests can try wine by the glass for up to sixteen different wines from the best wine regions in the world.

Planet Grapes offers an easygoing and wine-friendly ambiance where the uninitiated (and uninhibited!) can begin their journey to discover the world of wines. The state-of-the-art Italian enomatic machines allow customers to try different wines by the glass, in three different glass sizes: sip, half-glass, and full glass. Customers may also purchase wines by the bottle. The selections in the store are organized by grape varietals and grouped into red and white wine. You will find different representations or expressions of each grape varietal from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, North America, and South America. Each grape varietal has a distinct character, taste, aroma, body and mouth-feel. For white wine lovers, there’s Sauvignon Blanc, a light white wine with a somewhat `grassy’ flavor; Chardonnay, an elegantly crisp dry white varietal wine; Riesling, an off-dry white wine; and Gewurztraminer, a somewhat sweet and very aromatic white wine. For red wine lovers, the options are endless from the light and easy Pinot Noir, the ever-popular Merlot, the more sophisticated Cabernet Sauvignon, to the full-bodied Syrah or Shiraz.
At Planet Grapes, learning about wine is easy and fun. Attentive and well-trained Planet Grapes staff can provide ideal wine recommendations. Whether you are a wine newbie or a seasoned wine drinker who wants to try certain wines to pair with food, start a wine collection, or someone looking for a special gift, you can rely on the Planet Grapes staff to discuss each wine's characteristics, story, and perfect food pairings. 
The inviting wine bar has chic interiors with a modern touch, highlighted by the seamless interplay of wood and metal that adds up to its relaxed ambience. The atmosphere is enticing for customers who want to while away the hours, without feeling overwhelmed or intimidated by all the ceremony and rules (drama) that usually accompany wine drinking. The walls are adorned with neatly displayed wine bottles and subdued LED-lighting, with soft background music throughout the store, to offer an intimate and cozy feel perfect for an evening of relaxation and quiet conversation with friends. Alfresco seating is available and very popular for people who just want to watch the world go by. Aside from the impressive selection of wine, Planet Grapes also offers tasty small bites on its menu to pair with wine, including the must-try Filipino classic balut to go with any of the white wines. 
Planet Grapes is the latest brand created by the entrepreneur partners Romy Sia and Christian Tan. Sia’s interest in wine was sparked by his travels abroad. He got hooked on wine after reading Benjamin Wallace’s book, the New York Times bestseller, “The Billionaire’s Vinegar”. Since he aims to make wine enjoyment accessible and affordable to an increasingly affluent and savvy Filipino market, Sia thinks removing people’s anxiety towards wine is the best way to make wine a part of people’s lives. Planet Grapes, with its tagline of wine without the drama, is the solution. Three more Planet Grapes stores are planned to open soon and they will be at Century City Mall in Makati, Ayala Center Cebu, and River Park at Festival Mall Alabang.

For reservations, please contact (02) 551 – 3713. To inquire about wine tasting and workshop events or other details, please visit 
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McVities Digestive Biscuits: A Healthy Option Snacks
Have you ever asked yourself why are you always hungry by 4 pm no matter what you had for lunch? Filipinos, no matter what part of the world they reside almost always have their afternoon snack we Filipinos call “merienda,” the counterpart of “tea time” by the British. 

And this is the time we usually have a stronger craving for food, especially those quick-to-grab yet unhealthy snacks—chips and cookies, in particular—when we feel hungry that we could “eat a horse.” But eating a heavy meal is not really advisable as it is just a few hours from dinner when we would usually have something filling.

Good thing that McVitie’s Digestive Biscuits offer a healthier option to too sweet and starchy snacks. Britain’s most popular biscuits are made from a blend of wheat flour and wholemeal and comes with a crumbly texture, an original and satisfying flavor that you’ll find yourself pleased very quickly! All variants of McVitie’s Digestives have no artificial colors or flavors and hydrogenated fat.

Now if you are someone who is always hungry, have a McVitie’s Digestive ready for you to eat even on the go. Just place 2-3 pieces of McVitie’s Digestives inside a Ziploc bag and place them in your purse for a quick yet healthy snack fix when you are on the road. Enjoy it with a cup of coffee or if you feel like being British, do what the Brits do and have it with a pot of tea in the afternoon.

But if you want your snack to be more fiber-rich, try the fiber-filled McVitie’s Wholewheat Digestive. The McVitie’s Wholewheat Digestive is made with 69 percent wholemeal wheat flour, where one biscuit contains a whole gram and is made with sunflower oil.

There is also a “lite” version, in case you really want to go uber-healthy. McVitie’s Light Digestive is your favorite McVitie’s Original Digestive, made using the same recipe blending wheat and wholemeal flour into a fine digestive since 1892, but with 30 percent less fat. It is made with sunflower oil where each biscuit contains 65 kcal, or fewer calories found in a banana.

For chocolate lovers out there, they will enjoy snacking on a McVitie’s Chocolate Digestive, a delicious wheat biscuit covered in a luscious layer of milk chocolate. The crunch of the biscuit combined with the melting of the rich chocolate makes this a truly perfect treat. On the other hand, McVitie’s Dark Chocolate Digestive is a combination of strong, almost bitter cocoa flavor of dark chocolate and the sweet crumble of the Digestive.

So the next time you reach for that bag of salty, starchy chips at 4 pm, think again. You do have other snack options you can enjoy yet are really healthy.

Go healthy when you’re hungry with McVities Digestive.

McVitie’s Digestives are available at leading supermarkets nationwide.