Royal Cliff’s deVine Wine Club celebrates “Lafite Spirit, Tradition of Excellence”

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The Royal Cliff’s deVine Wine Club recently experienced a remarkable wine dinner celebrating “The Lafite Spirit, A Tradition of Excellence” at the Royal Grill Room & Wine Cellar. DeVine Wine Club members and wine lovers were delighted with the 5-course gourmet menu, designed by Royal Cliff’s Executive Chef Walter Thenisch, which was paired with excellent wines from Les Domaines Barons de Rothschild.

 Prem Calais, Resident Manager of the Royal Cliff Grand Hotel welcomes guests and deVine Wine Club members to the wine dinner.
Prem Calais, Resident Manager of the Royal Cliff Grand Hotel welcomes guests and deVine Wine Club members to the wine dinner.

Over 60 guests were warmly welcomed by Prem Calais, the new resident manager of the Royal Cliff Grand Hotel, at the pre-dinner cocktail reception where a delectable selection of canapés were accompanied by Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc, Casablanca, Curicó 2015 at the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel’s bar.

The five-course menu which followed at the Royal Grill Room and Wine Cellar featured an appetizing Confit of Petuna ocean trout and poached river prawns served with an Aussières Blanc, Vin de pays d’Oc 2012. Guests then enjoyed the Fricassee of Maine lobster & crab quenelle lightly perfumed in a Nantua sauce wonderfully paired with a Légende Bordeaux Blanc 2014 and mouthwatering Herb crusted grass-fed Australian lamb tenderloin and French flageolet beans stew served with the Aussières Rouge, Vin de pays d’Oc 2013.

(L to R) Ron Batori, Dr. Iain Corness, Prem Calais, Panga Vathanakul and Fabrice Papin take a moment to pose for the paparazzi.
(L to R) Ron Batori, Dr. Iain Corness, Prem Calais, Panga Vathanakul and Fabrice Papin take a moment to pose for the paparazzi.

A red wine-braised Wagyu beef ribs with bone marrow, silky mashed potatoes and glazed carrots accompanied by the Légende Bordeaux Rougue 2014 were the highlights of the evening. The night ended with a fine selection of gourmet cheese with crusty French baguette along with Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon, Colchagua 2014 and delightful petit fours from Royal Cliff’s talented pastry chef.

Guests mingle before dinner.
Guests mingle before dinner.

Aside from the enjoyable meal, guests also had the opportunity to enjoy the personal, rich and profound discourse of guest speaker, Fabrice Papin who is the Asia area manager for Les Domaines Barons de Rothschild and is from a family of winemakers as well as owners of vineyards in Bordeaux and Cognac. He has met many winemakers and has developed vast knowledge in the art of winemaking in his travels abroad as he continues to share his passion for wine with the world.

(L to R) Peter Malhotra, Stephanie Vallée, Assistant PR & Marketing Communication Manager,Ron Batori, Fabrice Papin, and Suchart Suksawad Beverage Manager of the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel enjoy a chat before sitting down to dinner.
(L to R) Peter Malhotra, Stephanie Vallée, Assistant PR & Marketing Communication Manager,Ron Batori, Fabrice Papin, and Suchart Suksawad Beverage Manager of the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel enjoy a chat before sitting down to dinner.

The deVine Wine Club was launched on April 28, 2001 as the visible face of the resort’s enthusiasm for promoting wines and hosting wine-related events. Today, membership has grown substantially and it is now Asia’s leading wine club which hosts popular gala dinners.

Guests were certainly treated to excellent service.
Guests were certainly treated to excellent service.
Caroline Leib and Philippe Guénat of Bakri Cono Shipyard get the royal service.
Caroline Leib and Philippe Guénat of Bakri Cono Shipyard get the royal service.
Good food and friendly conversation, who could ask for more?
Good food and friendly conversation, who could ask for more?
Panga Vathanakul presents a thank you gift to guest speaker Fabrice Papin , the wine specialist for the evening.
Panga Vathanakul presents a thank you gift to guest speaker Fabrice Papin , the wine specialist for the evening.
Royal Cliff Hotels Group Managing Director Panga Vathanakul (2nd right), of the, Royal Cliff Grand Hotel Resident Manager Prem Calais (4th left), and the Royal Cliff culinary team led by Executive Chef Walter Thenisch (4th right) with Ron Batori, President of BB&B (right) and Fabrice Papin (third from right) – the Asia Area Manager for Les Domaines Barons de Rothschild and the guest speaker for the evening.
Royal Cliff Hotels Group Managing Director Panga Vathanakul (2nd right), of the, Royal Cliff Grand Hotel Resident Manager Prem Calais (4th left), and the Royal Cliff culinary team led by Executive Chef Walter Thenisch (4th right) with Ron Batori, President of BB&B (right) and Fabrice Papin (third from right) – the Asia Area Manager for Les Domaines Barons de Rothschild and the guest speaker for the evening.