Selecting the right bottle of wine to accompany your meal is one of the joys of dining out, but sometimes it’s nice to leave it to the professionals. With a number of exceptional hotels hosting wine-pairing dinners in Bangkok, you not only don’t have to worry about what to drink, but you can also try a wide variety of wines in one sitting. For your next fine-dining experience, leave it to the chefs and sommeliers to decide what’s best, and allow yourself to simply savour the meal. Here’s a list of five outstanding wine pairing dinners you can enjoy every month, featuring exquisite cuisine matched with delicious vino.
The Peninsula Bangkok
When: 19 July 2017 and every Wednesday
At The Peninsula Bangkok, you’re greeted with a cocktail reception and invited to enjoy the serene river views from The Lobby Terrace before joining the communal table. For this month, the culinary team has selected a luscious array of premium Australian wines from Frankland Estate. Executive chef Michael Poutawa will present a series of creative culinary creations, including a grass-fed Angus beef tartare plus 63-degree-cooked egg, an intriguing tarragon-mustard ice cream, and a succulent cherrywood-smoked Canadian lobster. The crustacean is matched with a Shiraz that boasts ripe mulberry aromas and a long silky finish. The meal ends with a refreshing green apple, vanilla, and jasmine tea mousse paired with a vibrant, citrusy Riesling.
Five-course wine-pairing dinner (THB 2,600++ per person) at The Peninsula Bangkok, 333 Charoennakorn Road, Klongsan, Bangkok, +66 2 020 2888
When: 4 August 2017
Kick-start the first Friday of August at Tables Grill with a selection of fine wines from Bordeaux, each boasting crus classés (in French, “classified growths”). As an honour to a terroir’s characteristics and a winemaker’s care to ensure quality wines, the classifications are a stamp of approval to the châteaux. Tables Grill will be featuring wines from four different wineries, including (in order of seniority): Château Trotte Vieille with Premier Grand-Cru Classé, Château Smith Haut Lafitte with Crus Classés de Graves, Château du Tertre with Cinquièmes Crus and Château Batailley with Cinquièmes Crus. Each of the exquisite wines will be paired with uniquely imagined dishes created by talented chef Kevin Kristensen. To name a few: caviar served with homemade soured cream and potato ice cream; a Champagne risotto plus veal sweetbread; and charred Ibérico lamb loin with aromatic elderflower, morels, and truffles.
When: 20 July 2017
At VIU, wine dinners are a regular affair. This month, director of culinary chef Richard Sawyer is hosting an exclusive seven-course dinner, where each dish is exquisitely paired with either Champagne, wine, or Cognac. The evening begins with a refreshing summer garden salad with Ibérico ham and truffles, and Japanese scallop with black pudding and celeriac. The delicate shellfish is paired with a perfumed rosé with hints of raspberries and pears. As for mains, the menu features a succulent, butter-poached Boston lobster, which is matched with a crisp, complex Chardonnay. Meat connoisseurs will be pleased to know that the grain-fed Australian wagyu tenderloin and braised beef cheek are both served with an intense red blend from the legendary Chateau Margaux.
Seven-course dinner with Champagne, wine and Cognac pairings (THB 20,000++ per person) VIU, The St. Regis Bangkok, 159 Ratchadamri Rd, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, +66 2 207 7777
When: 21 July 2017
Those looking to indulge in a night of fine French cuisine and excellent vintage wines should head over to The Reflexions. Combining local organic produce and exquisite imported ingredients, chef Roxanne Lange invites you to unearth a collection of fresh flavours. The meal starts with Charles Collin Champagne Brut Rosé and an amuse-bouche. Two stellar starters then follow: a tomato salad drizzled with melon dressing, and cured seabream and tiger prawn. The main course features pigeon and black currant, which is beautifully matched with the award-winning Château Monregard La Croix Bordeaux. This particular Pomerol wine has a critics’ score of 89 and James Suckling has personally given it a 91. A sweet ending is promised and a banana sorbet is involved.
The Drawing Room
When: 18 July 2017
Nestled within the new Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, The Drawing Room is introducing a five-course Spanish dinner paired with El Coto de Rioja artisan wines. Senior Executive Sous Chef Daniel Bucher will start the evening with a pintxo of jamón Ibérico, manchego cheese, and pistou. A bright salmorejo cold soup with tomato purée and burrata cheese then follows. Meat lovers will be thrilled to see smoked duck breast with mulberry jam, and grilled steak with paprika aioli on the menu. The latter is matched with El Coto Coto de Imaz Riserva 2010, which is a luscious, ruby-red wine with an oak-spiced fragrant and hint of cassis. The dessert course features a bitter Valrhona chocolate ganache plus an equally decadent Valrhona ice cream.
Five-course wine-pairing dinner (THB 1,588 net per person), The Drawing Room, Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, 199 Sukhumvit Soi 22, Klong Ton, Klong Toey, Bangkok, +66 2 059 5555