With over 100 of the deVine Wine Club members expecting the usual rows of tables and wines being trotted out in sequence, they entered the Head of State Chamber in the Royal Cliff Grand to the vision of eight wine stations around the perimeter and heavy snacks being continuously replaced. With the usual wine tastings in Thailand being wines accompanied by water and bread, there were smiles immediately as the members took in the new concept.
Panga Vathanakul (2nd left), MD Royal Cliff Hotels Group cuts the ribbon to launch the Stonefish wine tasting event. With her are Anirut Posakrisna (2nd right), chairman of Wine Dee Dee Co., Ltd., Royal Cliff GM Christoph Voegeli (left) and Stonefish Wines owner and Managing Director Peter Papanikitas (right).
New Senior Director of F&B Max Joseph Huber and F&B Director Paitoon Ritdej were seen with big smiles by the end of an evening where nobody wanted to go home! Peter Papanikitas was overheard saying, “I just don’t believe it! I have never seen anything like this before.” Alan Riddell, the South African wine importer was another guest who was just staggered by the imaginative event.
As well as the wine tasting stations, manned by Royal Cliff sommeliers, executive chef Walter Thenisch produced morsels also never seen before, with everything on display being edible. Wine glasses wrapped in salami which you could peel and enjoy, for example!
Peter Papanikitas brightens the night with his tales of Stonefish wines.
And the Stonefish wines were also enjoyed by everyone, beginning with the Stonefish Brut Cuvee and then going around the Head of State Chamber we were offered the Stonefish Chardonnay, the Sauvignon Blanc, the Merlot, the Shiraz, the Cabernet Sauvignon, and to try the off-shoot label Garfish Cabernet Sauvignon and finally the Flying Finix desert wine.
After a quiet season following staff changes at the Royal Cliff, the deVine Wine Club has burst on the scene again, with Christophe Voegeli promising six tastings in the next 12 months and four wine dinners.
The revamped deVine Wine Club scored many new members after the event. For those who follow the social media, the official Facebook site is www.facebook.com/royalcliff.
Regina & George Von Burg are spellbound by Peter’s wine presentations.
A doctor between two roses (l-r) Teatree Spa Manager Papakan “Jeena” Saguansap, Dr. Iain and Som Corness.
Accolades for the two wine connoisseurs Christoph Voegeli and Peter Papanikitas.
Executive Chef ‘Uncle’ Walter Thenisch keeps a watchful eye over the charming Victoria Arnold, PR & Marketing Communications Manager, Royal Cliff Hotels Group.
Peter presents a bottle of wine each to Antonia H. Mulder, John Howart and Rosanne Diamente.
Dr Iain Corness interviews Peter Papanikitas for PMTV.
Wine lovers from all walks of life exclaimed in unison, “I just don’t believe it! I have never seen anything like this before.”