OMGD Thailand Vineyard Visit & Dinner
Bailliage Provincial of Eastern Seaboard
Na Jomtien, May 19, 2017
Inaugural dinner at Silverlake Vineyard's Cellar Door

The Bailliage’s Ordre Mondial members and guests attended the group’s inaugural dinner at the brand new “Cellar Door” at Silverlake Vineyard in Na Jomtien. Not only was it our inaugural dinner but also the first event to be held at this magnificent venue.

The evening began with a guided tour of the winery by owner Khun Surachai. He explained that grapes grown on the property are produced for juice with only a very small percentage used to make wine.

Khun has made substantial recent investment in building a new wine making facility and “Cellar Door”. He explained that for the wines Australian grape must is frozen and shipped to Thailand then thawed in a temperature-controlled environment ensuring a great quality product. This is followed by fermentation and bottling under the direction of Australian wine maker David Knight who introduced the “Five S” series of wines that we were to taste.

To complement the wines, Chef Alberto Bruni created a menu that featured fine quality ingredients from around the world. We started with pre-dinner cocktails on the terrace of the Cellar Door with an oyster bar. Pass-around canapes were paired with Champagne Charles Collin Brut and Rosé.

A 2015 Sauvignon Blanc opened the menu paired with broiled Hokkaido sea scallop and beetroot carpaccio. This was followed by a 2015 Chardonnay served with Andria burrata mozzarella and Parma ham. We moved onto a 2016 Rose enhanced by a gazpacho of Italian San Marzano tomatoes, frozen watermelon and Ligurian pesto.

The barbecued Australian AA5 Wagyu sirloin and the medal-winning 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon made for a great pairing. With a delightful selection of cheeses a 2014 Shiraz concluded the wine selection.

The evening was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. The wines were excellent. The food, cast as the supporting act, did a great job of pairing seamlessly with the wines.

Carl Duggan
Échanson Provincial