Stonefish – Australian to the bone

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Peter Papanikitas, the MD of the renowned Australian wine label Stonefish Wines, made a quick visit to Pattaya last week. Tahe occasion was the Stonefish Wine event, held in the Pedro Gastrobar of the Hotel Vista on Soi 4 Second Road, celebrating the slew of medals won by the label in the latest wine shows in China and Hong Kong.

The guests represented some of Pattaya’s well known Pattaya gourmets as Dieter Precourt, as well as Rick and Harpic, and overseas wine connoisseurs such as Philippe Guenat. In between there were numerous other hotel personnel, restaurant owners, and even a golf club executive plus a horde of elegant women dressed in the fashionable black cocktail outfits.

Philip Guenat from Bakri Cono Shipyard chats with Peter Malhotra, MD of Pattaya Mail Media Group.Philip Guenat from Bakri Cono Shipyard chats with Peter Malhotra, MD of Pattaya Mail Media Group.

Several food stations around the Pedro Gastrobar with a great range of tapas kept the guests’ interest, and included a bacon mini-quiche and smoked salmon from Scott Tanner’s MJ Smokehouse.

MC of the evening was Dr Iain Corness who reminded the guests of Ogden Nash’s immortal lines, “Candy is Dandy, But liquor is quicker!” and then took a walk down Australia’s memory lane with such dreadful alcoholic apologies as Barossa Pearl and Cold Duck. Fortunately, Australia managed to get over these offerings to graduate to being one of the most prolific wine producers in the world with high quality wines such as Stonefish.

The management team from Pattana Golf Club & Resort: Anirut Roschan, sales executive, Prawnapas Jindapornpan, Director of Sales & Marketing, and Nathinee Suton, Asst PR & Marketing Manager meet Peter Papanikitas.The management team from Pattana Golf Club & Resort: Anirut Roschan, sales executive, Prawnapas Jindapornpan, Director of Sales & Marketing, and Nathinee Suton, Asst PR & Marketing Manager meet Peter Papanikitas.

Peter Papanikitas enlarged on the styles of his wines, and also informed the guests of some of the recent gold medals his wines have received, and why. He is very proud of the achievements that his small wine company has managed to achieve in the past decade, and for the following that his wines have internationally (represented in Thailand by Wine Dee Dee). His favorite was the Stonefish Reserve Shiraz 2010, Barossa Valley, and after experiencing the mellow smoothness of this wine, it was the favorite of most people that evening.

The evening had begun with a light-hearted sparkler, the Stonefish Brut Cuvee which was effervescent enough to lift any jaded palates, yet not too much bubbles to make it like a soda.

Peter Papanikitas, MD of Stonefish poses with the lovely lady, Ploypakchaya Klinsukon and Dr. Iain Corness.Peter Papanikitas, MD of Stonefish poses with the lovely lady, Ploypakchaya Klinsukon and Dr. Iain Corness.

The second wine (of six) was the Stonefish Sauvignon Blanc (Margaret River), a creamy white with a refreshing finish. The third wine was also from the Western Australia’s vineyards and was the Stonefish Chardonnay, and one that I personally found very appealing. Not too ‘woody’ and very nicely balanced.

Rodney James Charman, Paul Strachan, Martin Van Bree and Dieter Precourt are enjoying the wine.Rodney James Charman, Paul Strachan, Martin Van Bree and Dieter Precourt are enjoying the wine.

The final three wines were all reds, with a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Merlot and the Reserve Shiraz.

As a first time event for the Hotel Vista’s Pedro Gastrobar, this was a great success and all credit to the organizers and the Gastrobar kitchen staff for some very high quality tapas and snacks.

Bantawat Kerkpittaya, manager of the Wine Dee Dee Pattaya, Thanakiti from Amari Pattaya, Somchai from Pullman G Hotel Pattaya and Akarapong from Wine Dee Dee Pattaya.Bantawat Kerkpittaya, manager of the Wine Dee Dee Pattaya, Thanakiti from Amari Pattaya, Somchai from Pullman G Hotel Pattaya and Akarapong from Wine Dee Dee Pattaya.

Ploypakchaya Klinsukon and Martin Van Bree say, “We love Pattaya Mail”.Ploypakchaya Klinsukon and Martin Van Bree say, “We love Pattaya Mail”.

Jeab Intarasing of Siam Winery and Nattakit Udomsrirat of TE Premium Tea.Jeab Intarasing of Siam Winery and Nattakit Udomsrirat of TE Premium Tea.

Tony Malhotra, of Pattaya Mail poses for a photo with Wipawan and Scott Tanner from MJ’s Smokehouse.Tony Malhotra, of Pattaya Mail poses for a photo with Wipawan and Scott Tanner from MJ’s Smokehouse.

Guests include Pattaya celebrities as well as numerous other hotel personnel, restaurant owners and even golf club executives plus a horde of elegant women dressed in fashionable cocktail outfits, all had a great time.