Amari Wine Experience explores South Africa

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Wines from South Africa were the focus of the monthly Amari Wine Experience held on Friday on the 26th of February. The wines were supplied by Independent Wine & Spirit Thailand and as ever the beautiful gardens situated between the Garden Wing and the Ocean Tower provided the perfect setting for such an event.

Every month there are two white and two red wines for the guests to enjoy. It’s worth mentioning that the Wine Experience differs from a wine tasting event, in that there are no tasting notes and no sales pitch to sell the guests bottles to take home. Instead the purpose of the Wine Experience is merely to highlight some guest wines that may have escaped the notice of the mostly regular expat crowd and to let them enjoy them in an amicable setting where they can catch up with friends, enjoy the buffet and listen to the house duo.

(L to R) Andrea Picello, assistant marketing & retail manager of Independent Wine & Spirit (Thailand) Co., Ltd., Richard Gamlin, Amari resident manager, Pichchaya Nitikarn, Amari public relations manager, Supasit Peanchitlertkajorn, Independent Wine & Spirit sales manager, and Amari Executive Chef Shaun Venter

Guests started the evening with an ice cold glass of J.C. Le Roux MCC Brut NV, which is a fresh and light sparkling wine produced predominantly from Pinot noir grapes. It is best suited for those with a drier palate.

This was followed by a Nederburg Winemasters Chardonnay, a classic dry white made from 100% chardonnay grapes. The third label was the highly popular Two Oceans 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, which is elegant with a crisp acidity, offering a bounty of passion fruit, green apple and sweet melon flavours.

The Amari’s resident house duo provide a subtle musical backdrop for the evening.

For each of the Wine Experiences Amari Executive Chef Shaun Venter creates an exclusive menu that he pairs with the guest wines. This month, the highlight was miniature Arab salad in filo pastry, crispy fried som tam balls, curried potato samosas, crispy fried pork larb and a selection of desserts.

From the reds the guests savored the 2013 Nederburg Foundation Duet 2013 which is a medium-to full-bodied wine made from 60% Shiraz, 40% Pinotage; and also the dry yet fruity Two Oceans Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot.

The guests enjoy the buffet prepared by Executive Chef Shaun Venter.

The next Wine Experience will be held on March 25 and feature wines from America, namely the Gallo Family Chardonnay, Apothic Chardonnay/Pinot Grigio, Apothic red and Louis M Martini Cabernet Sauvignon, all supplied by Siam Winery Thailand. Entry is only 950thb. The evening runs from 18:30-20:30 and children 6 years and older may play in the Kid’s Club free of charge for the duration of the event.

For more information, please contact Amari Pattaya on +66 (0) 3841 8418 or email [email protected]

Catching up with friends at the Wine Experience.