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Wine is the answer, what was the question?

Wine should be fun and approachable.

Whether you consider yourself a wine geek or you’re just trying your first glass wine dinners are an excellent way to bring friends or teams together or to help with industry networking.

It can be anything from an intimate tasting of grand cru wines over dinner in a private home, to fun blind-tasting competitions for a corporate event, or more formal, tutored, how-to-taste wine sessions.

This month REm had the privilege to attended; Wine and Waves, wine tasting on the beach at Intercontinental Pattaya Resort.

Intercontinental’s private white sand beach provided the perfect setting for there recent wine pairing evening as they teamed up with Wine Pro.

The old-world wines of the evening were Torresella Prosecco (Italy), Domaine Du Cleray Sauvignon Blanc de Loire (France), Torresella Pinot Grigio (Vicenza Italy), Domaine Fontval Rose (France) and Hect Bannier Languedoc Rouge France.

Naturally, the evening started with a little sparkle and the Torresella Prosecco though I have to admit the Prosecco was so good I made it a constant and throughout the night I was never too far from the bubbles.

These were accompanied by the most delicious food that was presented and served at individual cooking stations.

Guest speaker and sommelier Mr. Erik Cornetet of Wine Pro conveyed his vast knowledge of wines to all who were present as well as telling everyone which dishes to choose and pair with each wine.

The food prepared and served by Intercontinental Resort was simply delicious and the laid back beach presentation worked perfectly as it gave people the opportunity to mingle and enjoy the surroundings with Intercontinentals staff always on hand, your glass was never empty for long.

The food choice ranged from Thai to international with a soup station, Beef that melted in your mouth accompanied with a mini Yorkshire pudding, a quirky mini cottage pie (my favourite), duck was being cooked at one of the live stations their was oysters, cold cuts, cheese, many tapa’s style dishes both western and Thai, fusion dishes as well as a sweet station that sugar-coated a memorable evening.

Live acoustic music was played throughout just adding to the evening’s ambiance and the waves crashing against the shore made for the perfect backdrop.

This was one of the best wine pairing dinners I’ve been to, unique and special the wines, food, entertainment, and setting were all equally incredible.

Sip and savor was the night’s unofficial theme and we certainly did just that.

A massive thumbs up from REm and well done to both Intercontinental Pattaya Resort and Wine Pro.

Let’s hope it’s not too long till the next one

By Paul Johnson