Escape into this handsome bar in Poblacion, Makati where wine is the star and the vibe takes you to Europe
If you’ve never been to a European wine bar, you don’t need to travel far as sommelier Vincent Landais brings the same warmth and nostalgia into Dr. Wine Manila, a handsomely designed wine bar with rustic appeal, which soft opened in trendy Poblacion, Makati in July 2017.
Though unassuming from the outside, Dr. Wine makes a strong statement inside—deep, dark, wood panels repurposed from a centuries-old ancestral home in Pampanga, dim lights, and olive and ochre chairs, which beautifully complement the tints of the wine bottles on the shelves. One side of the bar features a wall lined with hundreds of empty wine bottles—an intriguing centerpiece.
The trio Provencal spread appetizer—chickpenade, tomatenade and polvronade— tomatoes and sweet, roasted bell peppers—is delicious with the crisp, homemade bread. The doctor’s Platter of Cheese and Cold Cuts, an impressive plate of French cornichon, rustic pate, assorted cheeses, and the incredibly memorable organic Maple Syrup Chicken Liver Mousse, and homemade sausages are stellar.
Dr. Wine removes the snobbery of wine drinking by welcoming both connoisseurs with more refined palates and casual drinkers. Its staff—if not the wine doctor himself—will happily recommend wines. The 2012 Bordeaux Supérieur Château Cap de Fer went well with our food. In stock are wines from Emilio Moro (Spanish), Elian Da Ros (Southwest France), selections from Bernard Baudry (French), and picks from Landais’ travels.
About Php800 (USD16) per person. Visit Dr. Wine Manila.
Story by Kristel Lagorza; photos by Daniel Soriano