Wine dinners are never out of fashion and, in fact, are a great way for restaurants and wine distributors to jointly promote their products. During the month of May, Ferrari Trento began its ‘Pop-Up Trento DOC’ experience at La Bottega di Luca (Sukhumvit Soi 49). The evenings consist of a special menu of divine delicacies—prepared by La Bottgea’s master Chef Andrea Ortu—all carefully paired with Ferrari Trento bubbly beverages. Highlights of the evening included: the chilled green bean cream soup with roasted octopus, stracciatella cheese, and cherry tomatoes confit, paired with a Ferrari Maximum Brut; the risotto with 36-month aged Parmesan cheese, scampi, green apple, lime and thyme foam; and the stewed veal homemade filled ravioli with black truffle (the latter two paired with a Ferrari Maxumun Brut Rosé). These dinners continue until Sunday, June 11th, starting each evening at 6:30pm, so there’s still time to experience this gourmet adventure. Call 02 204 1731 for information and/or reservations.
Another recent wine dinner presented Bangkok oenophiles with a true taste of New Zealand when Villa Maria wineries paired up with Kai—a restaurant specializing in Kiwi cuisine—for an evening of great food and vivacious vino. Founded in 1961, Villa Maria is one of New Zealand’s most awarded wineries, and during the 5-course dinner event they showcased their 2015 Private Bin Gewürztraminer and 2016 Private Bin Chardonnay, as well as their 2015 Private Bin Pinot Noir and 2014 Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir, both from Marlborough. However, it was the 2016 Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc, also from Marlborough, that most caught my attention. Crisp and complex, it was an excellent choice to accompany the dinner’s 3rd course, which consisted of a delicious fillet of orange roughy with a crayfish ravioli, served alongside braised capsicums and pea velouté (all ingredients direct from NZ). By the way, Bangkok shoppers looking for Villa Maria wines can find them at the downtown Q-Wine Shop, which is located on the 2nd floor of the Major Cineplex Building (1221/39 Sukhumvit Rd).
Upcoming wine events this month include Italian Week @ CentralWorld, which runs from the 1st to the 4th of June. Local importers G Four Fine Wines and Spirits will have a booth at the event where they will be showcasing some of their finest wines alongside products from Italy such as gelato from Ghignoni, and organic chocolate from Sicily. Later in the month, from June 27th to 30th, G Four will be bringing Chef Raffaele Ros, from the Michelin-starred San Martino Restaurant near Venice, for four exceptional Italian dinners at Bangkok’s own Gianni Ristorante (34/1 Soi Tonson). For more information, or to make reservations, call 02 252 1619.
Meanwhile, the Opera, Wine and Food… a Perfect Italian Journey event currently on at Attico—the rustic Tuscan dining spot located on the 28th floor the Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok (489 Sukhumvit Rd)—continues until August 4th. On its completion it will have taken guests on a 12-week epicurean voyage around Italy. A long the way, Chef de Cuisine Matteo Verini will be making stops in a different region every week, serving up lesser-known regional specialties paired with exceptional wines. It’s a one-of-its-kind gastronomic journey that will sweep guests off their feet and take them on an unforgettable trip to the heart of the Mediterranean. For reservations call 02 302 3333.
Finally, if you’re more in the “drink at home or with friends” frame of mind, stock up on the new Chandon Summer Limited Edition Brut, a bubbly that’s perfect for everything from weekend beach picnics to special occasion celebrations. It’s a Chardonnay-led sparkling white from Victoria’s Yarra Valley, in Australia, which uses the French méthod traditionelle (which includes 18 months of yeast age). Priced locally at B865, and packaged in an eye-catching, attractive blue- and white-striped bottle, it’s a nice match with most seafood, BBQ pork, antipasto, and/or soft white cheeses. Expect bright, fresh aromas of apple, lemon zest, and pear, followed by a dry refreshing finish.