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Manila, Angeles City, Clark Freeport, North of Manila,
Clark Zone, Pampanga, Philippines
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Recently I read a news item on WineSpectator.comthat reality TV star and former Real Housewives cast member Bethenny Frankel is launching a wine label called Skinnygirl. Oh no, just what we need, another wine brand pandering to women.

Bethenny plays off the success of her Skinnygirl Margarita, which clocks in at 100 calories per five ounce serving (with or without salt).  The average margarita at your favorite bar can be anywhere from 350 to 750 hefty calories, thanks to a premix or limeade, triple sec and tequila.  Skinnygirl comes premixed, alcohol included, so all you have to do is chill it, crack open the screw cap and pour. What’s not to like?  This pre-made margarita flew out the doors of retailers.

Bethenny continued to build the Skinnygirl brand, with a White Cranberry Cosmo at less than 100 calories and Skinnygirl Sangria, with 132 calories per five ounce serving. Her “new girls,” as she calls them, are a lineup of three wines, a Rosé of Syrah and Grenache, a white blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio and a Syrah-based red.  All have 100 calories per five ounce serving and 12 percent alcohol and will sell for $15 a bottle.

I understand why the Skinnygirl Margarita is so popular.  The calorie savings are enormous.  I bought a bottle and poured myself a cocktail, over ice.  The flavor is what you’d expect in a margarita, tart with lime and that kick from tequila.  While it is not a complex concoction, it is a fast cocktail.

But the thought of Skinnygirl wines drives me crazy.  Why?  Two reasons.  One, most five ounce pours of wine have about 128 calories, 25.6 25 calories per ounce, according to the USDA.  There’s no huge calorie savings here.

Wine’s calories come from the alcohol and sugar content.  Most wines are dry, which means there’s no sugar in them.  Sometimes wine tastes sweet, but that’s usually due to the ripe fruit flavors, which we perceive as sweetness.

There are also wines that are made to be sweet, like dessert wines and port.  These wines are concentrated, with about 50 calories per ounce.  But the standard serving of port or sweet wine is much smaller, at two to three ounces, which is about 100 to 150 calories or so.  That’s equivalent to or less than any dessert you’d eat.  So the Skinnygirl low calorie premise just doesn’t work.

The second reason is more serious for me, that this is yet another wine brand marketed to women, presumably because we all want a lower calorie beverage and that we want fun, not complex wines.

But I’m a wine drinker, not a “female” wine drinker. Would anyone make a Skinnyboy wine?  I don’t think so.  Why do we need a special wine brand, especially when the calorie savings are about 25 calories per glass?  According to most recommendations, women should not drink more than one glass of wine a day.

“I’m not  a wine snob,” Bethenny tells WineSpectator.com.  Neither am I.  What I don’t like are brands that approach selling wine to women differently from men.

Low calorie wines are not an original concept.  In 2005 wine giant Beringer launched a brand called White Lie.  The initial release, a Chardonnay, was billed as being lower in calories and alcohol.  According to this press release, White Lie has 97.4 calories per five ounces and 9.8% alcohol.  The wine was marketed as being what women want, something easy and simple with fewer calories. At $10 per bottle, it had a lower price point than Skinnygirl wines.  But I can’t seem to find any White Lie wine on the Beringer site or in a Google search for sale.  Hmmm.  Maybe that approach didn’t work out.

I wasn’t crazy about the White Lie wines either.  To me it felt like pandering to a stereotypical female audience.

That’s why I think Skinnygirl wines are a bad idea.  Wine is intimidating enough.  Women have fought hard to be considered equals when it comes to wine, whether professionally or in our private lives.  Many of us get handed the wine list at the restaurant, which is great.  Would we order a Skinnygirl wine?

Kudos to Bethenny  for creating the Skinnygirl Margarita and for it being wildly successful. Brilliant idea. I’m sure the wine will also fly off the shelves, as most things tied to a celebrity usually sell well.  But when it comes to wine, this is not a label that we need.  It just fuels the stereotype about women and wine, and it’s not a pretty one.

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Leading supplier of fine vintage wines from France, Spain, Italy, Napa Valley, Australia, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Germany and Austria YATS VINTAGE WINE CELLARS has been serving Asia’s wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs since 1985.  Today the wine cellars of this wine store stock over 2700 labels of wines from all major wine regions and the biggest spectrum of vintages imaginable spanning over 100 years.  Wines were purchased in opportune situations allowing us to offer superb values to our customers and wine collectors.

 

Yats Vintage Wine Cellars is generally regarded by Asian and Philippines wine lovers as the best wine supplier of old vintage wines in Asia.  Its cellars are located in a new cosmopolitan city just outside of Manila Philippines in Clark Freeport which has its own international airport named DMIA.  Wine lovers from Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand and Indonesia travel to Philippines Clark Freeport to purchase these limited rare bottles of fine vintage wine.  Now wine lovers in Hong Kong can select and purchase these wines for deliver to their offices and homes in Hong Kong.    This wine shop is generally regarded by wine lovers to be the best place to buy wine in Manila.  It is one of the best wine stores in Manila to find good wines from St. Emilion, Pomerol, Graves, Haut Medoc, Fronsac, Cotes de Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone and Loire.

 

Wines from new world regions are well represented at this wine shop in Quezon City, Ortigas, Eastwood, Makati, Fort, Alabang, Metro Manila, Philippines.  Fine wines from Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina and South Africa are offered in their wine shops, wine bars and fine dining restaurants throughout the Philippines, Metro Manila and Pampanga.  Old world wines from France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany and Austria are also well represented in this famous wine shop and wine stores of Yats also.

 

Fine red wine, white wine and sparkling wines are all available in this highly recommended wine shop in Pampanga and Metro Manila.  This wine shop is also famous for its offering of fine vintage ports from famous producers like Graham, Dow, Quinta do Noval, Taylor, Nieeport and Barros.  Champagne, Prosecco, Cava and Sekt sparkling wines are also very popular in the wine shops and wine stores of Yats in Quezon City, Ortigas, Eastwood, Makati, Fort, Alabang, Metro Manila, Philippines.

 

 

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Exchange Road, Ortigas Center, Metro Manila, Philippines

(632) 637-5019   0917-520-4393  ask for Rea or Kristine

 

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For wine lovers in Hong Kong, Macau and China:

 

Yats International HK Sales Office,

Room 1302, 13/F., The Centre Mark

287-299 Queen’s Road Central Sheung Wan,

Hong Kong SAR

 

Tel:  (852) 2788-0738  ask for Miss Eva Leung

 

 

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If Philippines is part of an upcoming travel and holiday plan, wine lovers might want to visit Clark Freeport Zone just 70 minutes from Manila.  This bustling new city that is slated to replace Manila as the new capital of the Philippines has the largest wine shop called Clark Wine Center.  For more information, log on to

 

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Clark Wine Center

Bldg 6460 Clark Observatory Building

Manuel A. Roxas Highway corner A Bonifacio Ave,

Angeles Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga 2023

0922-870-5173 0917-826-8790 (ask for Ana Fe)

 

Getting to this wine shop in Pampanga Angeles City Clark Freeport Zone Philippines from Manila

Getting to the Clark Wine Center wine shop from Manila is quite simple:  after entering Clark Freeport from Dau and Angeles City, proceed straight along the main highway M A Roxas. Clark Wine Center is the stand-along white building on the right, at the corner A Bonifacio Ave.  From the Clark International Airport DMIA, ask the taxi to drive towards the entrance of Clark going to Angeles City.  From Mimosa, just proceed towards the exit of Clark and this wine shop is on the opposite side of the main road M A Roxas.

 

 

 

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Those visitors who plan to relax and unwind in Angeles City, Subic, Pampanga, Clark Philippines might make an effort to book a room at the famous beach and lake resort Clearwater Resort &amp; Country Club.   This famous hotel in Clark Pampanga is frequently visited by families with children looking for a good place in Clark to see, a good holiday destination for the family to relax and unwind  in the beautiful outdoor facilities.  For more information, log on to <a href=”http://www.ClearwaterPhilippines.com”>www.ClearwaterPhilippines.com</a>

 

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Looking for famous tourists spots, places to visit and see, relax and unwind in Clark, Pampanga, Philippines?  You may want to check out these sites also:

 

Wedding couples looking for wedding reception venues and beach wedding venues can log on to this Philippines Wedding Venue web site for free information and assistance:

 

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While in Clark, it might be a good idea to enjoy an evening of wine-and-dine in the fine dining Yats Restaurant and Wine Bar that features an award winning 2700-line wine list.  It is located in Mimosa Leisure Estate of Clark Freeport Zone.  For more information, visit <a href=”http://www.YatsRestaurant.com”>http://www.YatsRestaurant.com</a>

 

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If you are traveling to Pampanga, Subic, Angeles City, Clark Freeport, Philippines, you can get assistance to hotel and resort booking by logging on to

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