The monthly wine experience that used to be held in the grounds of the Amari has now shifted to the Mantra. This one was called “Pop the Cork” and as well as being a most convivial evening in exceptionally pleasant surroundings, there were lessons to be learned for those who thirsted (pun) for knowledge.
A buffet to go with the sparklers was another of Chef Shaun Venter’s culinary excursions, and several trips were necessary, such as the medallions in a gorgonzola sauce.
But back to the wines. Did you know that the first sparkling version of champagne was in 1693 by Dom Perignon? Sparkling Prosecco was much later in 1868. Not that makes any difference today, other than champers is bottled at 6-7 atmospheres of pressure, while it is only 2-4 atmospheres with prosecco.
The four wines available that night featured one from Spain and three from Italy. The Spanish wine was a Mas Pere Brut with an ABV of 11.5 percent.
Also at 11.5 percent was the first Italian, a Montelliana Prosecco, Extra Dry, a drop that I found very more-ish.
Slightly lower in the ABV stakes at 11 percent was the Val D’oca Prosecco Blu Millesimato DOC, and one that was generally very much appreciated.
The fourth wine was a Moscato, the Montelliana Moscato Spumante Dolce and was only 7 percent ABV and a little sweet for me, but many of the ladies loved it – and since many would be the designated driver, a good choice!
These wine appreciation evenings have become very popular with the wine aficionados in Pattaya, and with the addition of some information sheets makes for a complete evening.