Friday, Feb. 27 was the date for the monthly Wine Experience at the Amari and on this occasion, the guest wine was the Yellow Label from the well established Australian Wolfblass Winery.
The setting in the gardens between the Amari’s Garden Wing and the new Tower provides an ideal venue for these events and even though there is enough seating, people mill around and chat to each other about the wines and the food. The trees are decorated with fairy lights and the house duo plays a selection of well known jazz numbers at a volume that allows everyone to focus on the food & wine.
The Amari Pattaya’s General Manager Brendan Daly (left) and Resident Manager Richard Gamlin enjoy the evening.
The Yellow Label range from Wolfblass was established in 1966 and is by far their most popular selection. In Australia these bottles would retail for a mere 400 baht so they are very much an everyday wine. Import duties hike the prices in Thailand to almost double that amount, but at 800 baht they still represent a quality wine at an affordable price.
Dieter H. Precourt, Past President of the Rotary Club Phoenix Pattaya, chats with Richard Smith from Pattaya City Expats Club.
The guests were welcomed with a glass of ice cold Prego Nero Prosecco (Wolfblass doesn’t make sparkling wines for the Yellow Label range). The whites were represented with their Dry Riesling bursting with citrus, lime & lemon and echoes of green apple. By contrast the Yellow Label Chardonnay has a soft palate and the classic backdrop of an oak aged wine.
The F&B team at the Amari complimented these wines with a variety of tapas such as antipasti skewers, fresh melon wrapped in parma ham, white bean & tomato soup with chorizo and crusty garlic croutons, and a pasta station offering spaghetti, penne & tagliatelle cooked fresh with carbonara, arrabiata or basil pesto sauces.
Sarah and Brendan Daly with Niwada Corrigan on the right.
Two classic reds were available from the Yellow Label range, the ever popular Cabernet Sauvignon with hints of plum and cassis and the stunning Shiraz which is full bodied with dark berries and mocha oak notes.
These reds were a resounding success with many guests coming back for a second and third glass. As the band played on there was still time for dessert which comprised of crème caramel, dreamy chocolate cake and petit fours.
The House duo played a number of memorable Jazz numbers that act as a great backdrop for the evening.
The Amari will hold another ‘Wine Experience’ at the end of March. In the meantime, details have just been announced of a wine dinner that will be held at Mantra restaurant on Friday March the 13th featuring McGuigan Wines from the Hunter Valley.
Mantra’s new master chef, Maurizio Susan, who was recently recruited from Dubai and has more than 20 years’ experience in the culinary field including 5 star hotels, Michelin star restaurants and cruise lines, is bringing his significant experience to match some of the great Australian wines with some delectable twists, priced at 2,950 THB++ for a 6 course degustation menu. For further information and reservation, please contact +66 3842 9591 or email [email protected]
(L to R) Paul Strachan from PMTV; Michael Scollins, E&I Installation Engineer of QGC; Andrea Picello, Brand Executive for Spirit of IWS Thailand Co., Ltd.; and Supasit Peanchitlertkajorn, Sales Manager for IWS Thailand Co., Ltd.
Richard and Janet Smith enjoy the welcome Prego Nero Prosecco.
(L to R) Noel Wittoeck, Marina Slabaer, Danny D’Hooghe, and Ward D’Hooghe sample the wines on offer during the monthly ‘Wine Experience’ in the garden between the Amari’s Garden Wing and the new Tower.
Cheers! Darid Senkner and Doug Breeze.
Paul Strachan from PMTV interviews Andrea Picello, Brand Executive for the Spirit of IWS Thailand Co., Ltd.
(From left) Magnus Erikson, Petra Andersson, Anita Lundovint, Eva, and Bengt – Arne Nilsson, and (on the right) Taria Laaksoneh, Annica Larsson, Lars Gustafsson, Christine and Christor Henriksson.
(L to R) Sarah Collie, Steff and Rean Human and Michael Scollins.
(L to R) Denny Medervilt, Daksha Golil, Mary Adams, John Mcdevitt, Steve Adams and Harold Rieniets make for a happy crew.