There were several notable wine events in Bangkok last month, including a special wine luncheon for media held at the Plaza Athénée Bangkok which was presided over by Chris Hatcher, chief winemaker at Australia’s Wolf Blass winery. The fabulous three-course lunch was paired with some of the new upper-end wines that Wolf Blass is introducing into the local Thailand market. From their ‘Yellow Label’ collection be sure to keep your eyes out for the 2015 Chardonnay (it’s so crisp and fruity you won’t believe it’s a Chardonnay), as well as the velvety smooth 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz-Malbec blend. Chris also wowed the assembled diners with Wolf Blass’ 2006 Platinum Label Shiraz, a deep, complex red with notes of chocolate, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Wine dinners and events to look forward to this month are varied, but the most lavish of the bunch is undoubtedly the eight course dinner that will take place at the House on Sathorn on October 12th. The event is another in the ongoing series of S.Pellegrino Fine Dining Lovers dinners, and local importers Gfour Fine Wines will be looking after the course-by-course wine pairing. From 6pm onwards Chef Fatih Tutak will be dazzling diners with and extraordinary culinary journey, the price of which is B4,800. Advance reservation is required, so call 02 344 4000 for more information.
Gfour is also the co-presenter of the upcoming gallery show Ciao Art, on display at the Sathorn 11 Art Space from October 22nd to November 10th (see pg. 57), so be sure to attend the opening reception. This group exhibition, featuring the artwork of Italian artist Sergio Voci (pictured above), and several Thai artists, is another in Gfour’s series of ‘Wine & Art’ special events.
Later this month, get ready for three days of wine-related fun at the Gaysorn shopping centre (999 Ploenchit Rd). Their annual wine harvest festival—Gaysorn Les Vendages 2016—runs from October 27th to 29th this year, transforming the mall into a rustic “Wine Village”, showcasing some of the world’s finest vintages (true oenophiles will also find the highly sought-after Grand Cru wines on level 2 of the shopping complex). Explore the food and wine market, and learn about some of the newest trends, while enjoying the sounds of renowned DJs and live bands. The event also promises some interesting wine talks, and other live entertainment. www.facebook.com/gaysornshoppingcentre
Finally, for those who think that Indian food isn’t worthy of a proper wine pairing, Bawarchi Restaurant (President Tower Arcade Mezzanine Level, 973 Ploenchit Rd) wants to change your mind with their new four-course Silk Road Experience wine and food pairing menu. Showcasing the culinary know-how of the restaurant’s resident chefs, the menu is inspired by the travels of Hsuan Tsang, an ancient Buddhist scholar, who traveled along the infamous Silk Road—from China to India— from 627 to 643 AD. Bawarchi has created a menu featuring dishes the monk would have encountered during his voyage, and these are in turn paired with aromatic Australian wines imported by Wanichwathana (Bangkok) Co., Ltd.
The accompanying wines include a sprighty 2014 Red Bank Pinot Grigio, a mellow 2012 Pinot Noir from Tyrell’s Wines, and a very tasty 2011 Yalumba Shiraz organic wine. Meanwhile, menu highlights include: Murg Gandhara, boneless chicken marinated in yoghurt with aromatic spices and cheese cooked in a Tandoor oven; Kesaria Pulao from the Gangetic-Indus plains, a fragrant pilaf dish made with long grain Basmati rice; and Khumb Masala from Patliputra, where Portobello mushrooms are marinated and cooked over charcoal and topped with tangy masala sauce. To accommodate vegetarian and non-vegetarian diners two versions of the menu were created, and the entire four-course dinner set with wine is priced at B1,750 (B1,250 without wine). www.bawarchiindian.com