By MANTA KLANGBOONKRONG
SINCE ITS establishment in 2009, the Water Library Chamchuri has never failed to delight Thai foodies with its crafty, witty and delectable creations. Last week was certainly no exception with chef Mirco Keller teaming up with Italian winery Gianni Gagliardo for an extravagant five-course wine dinner.
Ever since 1847, the Colla family has worked its vineyards in Piedmont’s Langhe zone. In the 1950s, fourth generation winegrower Paolo Colla moved his operation to La Morra in the historical heart of the Barolo zone and dedicated himself to Barolo, often referred to as “the king of wines”. His son-in-law, Gianni Gagliardo, assumed control in 1986 and to mark the birth of his third son, changed the Colla name to his own.
The evening kicked off with the fruity and crisp Fallegro Vio Bianco 2013 that was paired with gazpacho Andaluz, a delightful match made even fruitier, sweeter and more fragrant with passion fruit.
Next up was onsen egg with cauliflower, bacon, honey and creamy beurre blanc. This rich but not too overwhelming dish was paired with La Matta Barbera d’Alba DOC Superiore 2012, whose fruity hints of raspberry, currants and aromatic herbs with a spiced finish balanced the richness in the mouth, cut the grease and amplified the honey aroma.
Barolo DOCG 2010 was served next, alongside foie gras with ripe mango, balsamic caviar and miso sauce. The wine, which showcases typical wood hints and pleasantly dry and well-balanced tannins, went well with the savoury miso sauce, while the liquorice note complimented the mango, making it a well-rounded and very pleasant combination.
The star of the night, succulent Angus beef tenderloin with whisky Szechuan pepper sauce and pickled onion, was matched with Serre Barolo DOCG 2010. Aromatic with rich tannins and characteristics of old oak, the wine found a great match in the beef and the oaky aroma brought forth the faint, lingering aroma of whisky in the sauce.
The night concluded with tiramisu, served with Moscato d’Asti DOCG Scanavino 2011, the slightly sweet, fruity and refreshing dessert wine that completed a sensational |Italian culinary delight.
Water Library Chamchuri is currently running a mid-year special promotion. Throughout this month, every two diners get a complimentary bottle of red, white or sparkling wine selected by the sommelier when ordering a classic or seasonal tasting menu.