First edition in Bangkok of Asia’s largest Premium Italian wine tasting, showcasing more than 120 wines scoring 90+ points by wine critic James Suckling
Extract from www.jamessuckling.com
Great Wines of Italy Bangkok united the famous wine critic James Suckling with more than 40 of most renowned Italian winemakers, 58 leading Italian vineyards and boutique wineries, 120 of the finest Italian wines and more than 800 of Bangkokians wine lovers for a Bacchanal as Bangkok has never seen before!
The event took place at the Grand Hyatt’s grand ballroom startin at 3pm until evening and was declared a ‘great success’ by its founder James Suckling, CEO of JamesSuckling.com and Wine Editor of Thailand Tattler.
“It’s great to see Bangkok taking its seat at wine’s top table and emerging as one of Asia’s most important wine loving and wine buying cities” James said.
“We’ve got something even bigger planned for March, when Great Wines of Bordeaux comes to Bangkok” James said.
The wines showcased and tasted at the event were featured in the American’s ‘Top 100 Italian Wines of the Year 2014‘ list. Each of these 120 premium wines was awarded 90 points or more by James Suckling for outstanding quality and character, and often served by winemakers themselves at this amazing event.
“Thailand is one of the most exciting premium wine markets in Asia and I want to be part of it!” said James. “It’s not widely known, but Thailand has more than double the consumers of fine wines compared to China.”
“According to the latest estimates from wine merchants in China, there are about 300,000 to 400,000 consumers of premium wines (consumers who pay more than US$20 or THB650 a bottle) while Thailand has more than 900,000 if you include the visitors to its hotels and resorts, who account for 35 percent of the fine wine market.”
“Thais love Italian wines but they have never had the opportunity to taste a huge range of totally outstanding wines in one place” said the American who is a resident of Hong Kong.
“We have brought Italy to Bangkok. In fact, you couldn’t find a tasting like this in Milan, Florence or Rome!”
James Suckling also debunked the myth that wine is not suitable to be paired with spicy Thai cuisine, and praised Thais for their sophisticated palates and pragmatic approach to wine. “Many wines are sensational with Thai food, as I’m sure some of those tasting these great Italian wines in between bites of Thai tapas from the Grand Hyatt’s excellent Thai chefs would agree.”
“It’s my belief that the spices from pepper and chili in Thai food actually stimulate the palate and make it even more sensitive to the nuances of a great wine.”
The first Bangkok edition of Great Wines of Italy followed two years of success in Hong Kong and Shanghai. The showcase is part of James’s Great Wines of the World tasting series, a visionary undertaking that has seen sold-out events featuring the best wines and wine-makers from Italy, Bordeaux, Chile, Argentina and the world at large in New York, San Francisco, Hong Kong and Shanghai. He has various sponsors for his events including Cathay Pacific, Lalique glassware, and Hong Kong Tourism Board.
Top wine producers and winemakers of world-renowned estates such as Bellavista, Luce, Ornellaia, Petrolo, Pio Cesare, Frescobaldi, Sette Ponti, Castello Banfi, Casnova di Neri, Valdicava, and many more were represented at the event, their fine wines complemented by delicious Thai cuisine prepared by the Grand Hyatt.
James Suckling also pronounced as a success a sold-out 11-course wine dinner on the evening of Tuesday, December 2, which unfolded to the melodies of Rob Moose’s violin, the Bon Iver musical legend who is a friend of James and flew in specially for the event from New York City.