About the book:
Embark upon an adventurous journey through the islands of the Philippines and explore the taste, aroma, and high spirits that dwell in each bottle of native tropical wines. From the cultural treasures of tapuy, basi and tuba to daring new wines from rare fruits and staple crops, these tropical wines follow the arrival of Filipino food, heralded as a new and exciting culinary frontier.
Learn how traditional wines changed Philippine history in the fight for independence, examine their socioeconomic aspects, and marvel in the ingenious techniques used to create delicious wines found nowhere else. Beautifully photographed and meticulously researched, In High Spirits is an illuminating homage to the pride, creativity and resourcefulness of Filipino wine makes and their fine yet unsung wines.
Publisher: Arturo G. Pacho Publishing
Publication Date: 2016
Size: 250 x 230mm
About the author:
As Japanese forces occupied Manila during World War II, a young Arturo G. Pacho and his family sailed on a parao (traditional sailboat) to escape the city’s impending fate. This defining moment would shape his life in wonderful and unexpected ways. The family found their way to Tacloban, Leyte, where Art learned of the Visayans’ passion for tuba, the local coconut wine.
He studied political science and public administration at the University of the Philippines, then received a master’s degree from Rutgers University and a doctorate from Kent State University in political science and public policy. His debut volume, Discovering Tuba, an exploration of the myths, music and culture surrounding the coconut wine, was published in 2015 by the U.P. Press.
Art is married to Jenny Dee Pacho and has two children, Sonja and Karl, and two grandchildren. After retiring from the government of the City of Lose Angeles, Art and his wife returned to the Philippines to enjoy the natural beauty, unrivaled cuisine, and of course, the wines of their home country.