One of Bangkok’s most iconic hotels is bringing guests an aromatic wine pairing experience with an exclusive 5-course wine dinner this July. Combining award-winning California wines with delectable fine cuisine, we had a chance to sample the menu before its grand reveal this upcoming Friday. Read on for a delicious teaser taste.

Hamilton's Steakhouse at Dusit Thani Bangkok
Hamilton’s Steak House interior

The wine dinner takes place inside Dusit Thani’s Hamilton’s Steak House restaurant, where the menu served has been inspired by the wines exclusively provided by California winemakers Grayson Cellars for the night. Grayson Cellars’ famed sommelier, Jason de Leo, is also on hand to speak on each of the bottles poured, as well as his inspirations and passion for the wines he has explored all around the globe.

Paired with a fresh and slightly smoked Hamachi carpaccio, the first dish combines the award-winning 2015 Grayson Chardonnay with the refreshing starter. The wine bears crisp notes of pineapple and apricot, perfectly suited as a welcoming sip to begin the meal.

Hamachi carpaccio at Dusit Thani Hamilton's Steakhouse wine dinner
The smoked Hamachi carpaccio, served with spices and salmon eggs, fava beans, and edible flowers

The following courses pair a selection of red wines with heavier dishes. First, a duck and thyme ragout pappardelle with the 2015 Grayson Merlot, noted for its dark fruit and elaborate oak finish, followed by roasted lamb medallions and rosemary jus, paired with a 2015 Grayson Cabernet Sauvignon, with a rich nose of blackberry and hints of pepper. Let the earthy flavour notes take you on a culinary journey to California’s vineyards and back again, as they entwine and combine with the rich taste of the duck and the lamb, and the herby and creamy textures of jus and ragout.

As a final indulgence before dessert, a duo of beef tenderloin and braised short ribs is served alongside a 2015 Aviary Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from the famed winemaking region of Napa Valley. With notes of leather, tobacco, and vanilla, the wine pairs beautifully with the delicate short ribs, falling off the bone in allure of an evening of fine and explorative dishes.

Lamb medallions at Dusit Thani Hamilton's Steakhouse wine dinner
The roasted lamb medallions served with cauliflower mousseline, eggplant caviar, and rosemary jus

Ending with a light dessert, a 2015 Grayson Zinfandel is served alongside a warm chocolate cake with yogurt ice cream and raspberry mousse. It is evident the dish draws its inspiration from the dark colour of the wine, pairing gently with the hints of its spicy blackberry and vanilla flavours. Leaving a soothingly sweet lingering after taste, it’s like a nightcap of the most indulgent kind. This is followed by a choice of selected coffees or teas, bringing the meal to its full-bodied end, much like a prime bottle of wine and an evening of engaged conversation.

Grayson Cellars wine
The wines of the night

Evident to both eye and taste bud that much thought has been put into its pairing, the wine dinner takes place on one night only this Friday 20th July, and is priced at THB 3500++ per person for the five-course meal. Book your seats now on the Dusit Thani website, and gain a truly teleporting whiff of the California lifestyle with each bite, with each pour, and with each swirl of your glass.

Lisa Gries
Managing Editor, Bangkok
Lisa loves to travel, and is always on the lookout for the world’s best nap spots. She’s a serious Asian art history nerd, and has a knack for languages and coffee table books. She hopes to publish her own novels one day, one of which will likely be called ‘All The Great Conversations I Had In A Bangkok Speakeasy.’ It’s a work in progress.