Dreams Do Come True
by Agnez Tasic

Being in the wine industry for so many years, Agnez finally flies to Europe and has a wine experience on a whole new level.

 

In wines, I can say, “dreams do come true!”

In 2017, I had the most amazing experience. It was the best year for me as I got to travel to Europe with our big boss, Madame Tita Trillo, as an incentive for a job well done.

Vinexpo is one of the largest exhibitions for wine and spirit professionals from all over the world, and attending in Bordeaux was definitely a career highlight.

Vinexpo 2017 Parc des expositions Bordeaux

Vinexpo 2017 Parc des expositions Bordeaux

Hanging out at the Mouton Cadet Booth

Hanging out at the Mouton Cadet Booth

Tasting Escudo Rojo with Master Winemaker and Baron Philippe de Rothschild Chile CEO, Emmanuel Riffaud

Tasting Escudo Rojo with Master Winemaker and Baron Philippe de Rothschild Chile CEO, Emmanuel Riffaud

Parc des expositions de Bordeaux was packed. I was surrounded with beautiful wines, prestigious brands, and industry giants. Walking around, visiting booths, tasting wines, talking to people – I do all of this back home but, something about stepping out of my comfort zone made everything much more exciting. I was in Bordeaux – tasting Escudo Rojo – with the person who made it himself, who by the way is also the CEO of one of the biggest names in the world – of course I was excited!

With Grupo Penaflor Master Winemaker Opi Sadler and the crazy bunch

With Grupo Penaflor Master Winemaker Opi Sadler and the crazy bunch

But beyond the enjoyment and being starstruck most times (lol), this experience gave me an even deeper appreciation for the industry that I work in as a whole. Attending the Vinexpo and being around my peers gave me a sense of where I am in the business chain of wines. From the vineyards, to the wineries, and then to me – I bring works of art from all over the world to my country and share them in the Philippine market. It felt good to have that realization that I am part of something bigger. After the 3-day event, I left with a renewed sense of pride and inspiration.

First order of business is a photo op at the Eiffel Tower

First order of business is a photo op at the Eiffel Tower

At the gates of the Piccini family estate in Montalcino

At the gates of the Piccini family estate in Montalcino

The best way to end this amazing trip, thankful for all the blessings in my life

The best way to end this amazing trip, thankful for all the blessings in my life

But as if my French experience was not enough, we ended the trip in Italy with a visit to my boss’ long-time friend Martina Piccini. Martina, in the 80s, used to visit the Philippines and held parties all over the metro. A memorable one that I got to attend was Piccini Bikini held at Paparazzi in Edsa Shangri La Hotel. What a beautiful ending to this amazing trip – with business partners who became friends, became family – which is how we do in Titania Wines.