An amazing night with delicious cheese and wine, friends and adorable dogs!

Recently I had the pleasure of attending the ‘Irish Cheese and Wine Party’ hosted by the General Manager of Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Mr Desmond Hatton at his personal residence. This annual get-together event sees the presence of elite members of Penang’s corporate community, leaders of the hospitality and travel trade industry, and special friends of the Shangri-La.

Irish Cheese and Wine Party by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa

Champagne, anyone?


The night provides a range of Irish Farmhouse cheeses currently not available in Malaysia specially flown in from Ireland, and complementary fine vintages of red and white wines from Australia and New Zealand to entice all wine and cheese lovers.

Irish Cheese and Wine Party by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa

The six types of farmhouse cheese from Ireland are supplied in Malaysia by Pikzern Marketing. At the cheese section, I found some new and interesting flavor, each with different degrees of texture and aroma, from rich buttery cheese to the creamy Cashel Blue cheese. I especially love the creamy texture of this blue cheese!

Irish Cheese and Wine Party by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa

The exceptional Wicklow Blue cheese which had claimed gold, silver and bronze awards and was recently awarded Best Irish Cheese in the World Cheese Awards in Dublin. This creamy blue veined brie cheese is made using pasteurized cow’s milk and vegetarian rennet.

Irish Cheese and Wine Party by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa

Next up was the Carrigaline smoked cheese, which presented a smooth finish to the palate with a rich and buttery flavour. Well complemented with crackers or even eaten on its own!

Irish Cheese and Wine Party by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa

The Chulchoill cheese was made from fresh and pasteurized goat’s milk. The creamy milk simply melted in my mouth, an absolute delight!

Irish Cheese and Wine Party by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa

The full-flavored Killowen vintage cheddar from Southwest Ireland had the full flavored of cheddar, a great bite on its own.  All the cheeses were served on various trays, garnished with grapes and cherries.

Irish Cheese and Wine Party by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa

Irish Cheese and Wine Party by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa

The sumptuous cheese spread were enjoyed with a variety of white and red wines; Cranswick Lakefield Shiraz Cabernet, Cranswick Estate Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Cranswick Sarus Shiraz Barossa Valley, Mussel Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Chandon NV Brut, sponsored by leading wine suppliers Riche Monde and The Wine Shop by Giant Estates.

Irish Cheese and Wine Party by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa Irish Cheese and Wine Party by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa Irish Cheese and Wine Party by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa

On the dining table, selection of delights prepared by the resort’s chefs were served; from bread, crackers, marinated olives, fruit chutney and vegetable antipasto along with smoked salmon with horseradish.

Irish Cheese and Wine Party by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and SpaIrish Cheese and Wine Party by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa

Irish Cheese and Wine Party by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa Irish Cheese and Wine Party by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa

Irish Cheese and Wine Party by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa Irish Cheese and Wine Party by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa

Irish Cheese and Wine Party by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa

Wide selection of delights for the guests to nibble on

Besides that, there was also a wide array of desserts of tiramisu, cheese cakes, raspberry and cheese tarts, chocolate tarts and Ricotta cheese cakes.

Irish Cheese and Wine Party by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa Irish Cheese and Wine Party by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and SpaIrish Cheese and Wine Party by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa

Mr Hatton honestly couldn’t have chosen a more better venue which has a great outdoor and a warm and intimate indoor ambience. All the guests were entertained with a graceful performance by synchronized swimmers.

Irish Cheese and Wine Party by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa

Impressive performance with gracefulness

Irish Cheese and Wine Party by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa

Hatton, William, Maggie, Leigh, Amee Philips, Ann Marie & Sunny

Irish Cheese and Wine Party by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa

Irish Cheese and Wine Party by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa

Irish Cheese and Wine Party by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa

Me, Maggie, Edmund, Soo & Ann Marie

Irish Cheese and Wine Party by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa

Mr Hatton had two of his dogs, Habibi and Lucky 2, joining that evening. The two lovely dogs mingled around the house, drawing adoration and admiration from the guests.

Irish Cheese and Wine Party by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa

Irish Cheese and Wine Party by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa Irish Cheese and Wine Party by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa

Habibi and Lucky 2, simply adorable dogs!

On the whole it was an enjoyable party, complete with delicious Irish Cheese & Wine, coupled with a wonderful atmosphere.

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5 comments so far

 1 

lovely dogs….
I love the dogs than the cheese… hahahahaha. :)

July 5th, 2010 at 10:08 am
 2 

The Wicklow Blue cheese looks absolutely wicked! And such a nice pool performance… Must have a great night for you. :)

July 5th, 2010 at 10:24 am
 3 

oh.. so many types of cheese but I really dare not to try those with bluish thingie (what does it called?) :P

July 5th, 2010 at 4:33 pm
 4 

I have moved to new ‘home’. :)

July 6th, 2010 at 7:16 pm
Claire
 5 

hi ~ nice to meet u i’m a I am a Taiwanese just movie to Penang for work…. i love nice food good , good wine , and party make new fds hope next have the chance join u !!
Best regards :)

December 14th, 2012 at 2:18 pm

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