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BY CK Lam

A group of wine enthusiasts and foodies embarked on an evening, dining on five-courses of Chef Tommes’, cutting-edge cuisine with pairing. It is indeed exciting seeing this food trend in That Little Wine Bar, located on Chow Thye Road, Penang.

The Cutting Edge Night menu offers a selection of traditional European cuisine presented with a twist. While the essence of the dish is preserved, the presentation is totally different. The dishes were paired with a selection of European wines from several wineries.

 Cutting Edge Night With Wine and Food @That Little Wine Bar by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

Over the past weeks, a group of whisky enthusiasts gathered at Vino Vino Bistro for The Glenrothes Whisky Tasting. The event featured four different Glenrothes Single Malt Whisky, packaged in beautiful short and stout bottles.

Glenrothes Whisky Tasting at Vino Vino Bistro Penang by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

Diners embarked on a classical music evening and indulged in a feast of fine cuisine and vintages at the 1885 Musical Soiree. The event was made possible through the support from the prestigious Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Penang (E&O) and Mr Martin Rutherford.

The musical performance at the elegant 1885 opened with a short speech by Mr Martin Rutherford, which was followed by performances by pianist Zhang Chi, soprano Teresa Ong Geok Theng and tenor Sean Ooi.

1885 Musical Soiree at Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Penang by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

It was a chocolatey evening at the Chocolate and Wine Dinner held at El Faro Tapas Bar & Wine in Penang. Executive Chef Jack Yeap and his team crafted a six course menu with the high-grade Valrhona chocolate.

 Valrhona chocolate menu with wine at El Faro Tapas Bar & Wine by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

Last July, many food and wine enthusiasts gathered at a wine dinner in the relaxed surroundings of Suffolk House with George Shinas of the Shinas Estate. It was an evening of great food accompanied by hand crafted wines from the vineyards of Victoria, Australia.

Winemaker George Shinas who is a court judge by profession in Australia’s Victoria Province provided some history to his wines which are cheekly named. The range included the Innocent (a Viognier), Verdict (Cabernet Sauvignon), Guilty (Shiraz), Executioner and Sweet Justice (Moscato), all with interesting images on the label.

Wine Dinner with George Sinas @Suffolk House by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

‘Bordeaux Rendezvous’ 2013  is a wine dinner organized by French wine merchants Barriere Freres in conjunction with their local importer The Wine Shop. Held at E&O Hotel’s brand new Victory Annex, the event attended by wine connoisseurs, hospitality professionals and media started with the Master Class of 2010 vintages, followed by a Wine Dinner.

Bordeaux Rendez Vous 2013 @ Eastern & Oriental Hotel Penang by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

It was a night with awesome wines and lots of food at the Castello Banfi wine dinner organized by fine wine and spirits distributor Asiaeuro Wines and Spirits at Spasso Milano, Straits Quay. Executive Chef Felice Martinelli presents a five-course meal of game, seafood and vegetables to complement the Italian wine by Italy’s award winning wine family – Castello Banfi Wines.

Banfi’s Regional Manager, Guillaume Blanchard welcomed us and chatted about the different wine pairings. “Castello Banfi is a family-owned vineyard estate and winery in the Brunello region of Tuscany. With its sister estates in Piedmont, Vigne Regali and Principessa Gavia, it has been recognized all over the world for its dedication to excellence in the art of Italian winemaking,” said Guillaume.

The wines for the evening include Principessa Gavia Gavi DOCG 2011, San Angelo Pinot Grigio IGT 2011, Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2009, Belnero Di Montalcino DOCG 2009, Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG 2007 and Summus IGT 2007.

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BY CK Lam

SMAAK!ZA – “Taste! South Africa” 2012 was in Penang recently for the “Table” sessions.  Held at Maricosa Pacific Rim & Hawaiian Cuisine in Straits Quay, the event featured an eclectic 4 course dinner menu paired with a mini-vertical tasting of among the top award-winning Pinotage wines.

Thomas Ling, principal partner of Entwine Consultancy hosted the event and introduced the lineup of featured wines while Satoru Nakamatsu shared his passionate views behind the mouth-watering Rainbow Nation’s colourful cuisine.

We started off with the Savana, made from Granny Smith apples grown in the Elgin area in the Western Cape of South Africa. This naturally brewed and matured premium cider went well with the Maricosa bruschetta and the Mediterranean mackerel salad which was brought together with many fresh greens, mackerel and pleasantly sharp cheese.

SMAAK!ZA “Taste!South Africa” 2012 – The Table Sessions, Penang by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

I had the pleasure of attending a wine pairing dinner put together by G Hotel award winning Pan Asian restaurant Sesame and Soy and Katnook Estate. The gourmet food was prepared by chef de cuisine Chiam Choon Heng.

The wines sampled at the event included the Katnook Founder’s Block Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Katnook Founder’s Block Chardonnay 2010, Katnook Estate Shiraz 2009, Katnook Estate Chardonnay 2008 and Katnook Estate Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon 2005.

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BY CK Lam

My enthusiasm for learning about wine was given a boost when I was invited to the Malaysia Wine Fiesta 2012. The event organized by The Straits Wine Company (of the Billion Frontier Group of Companies) was held at Precinct 10, located at Tanjung Tokong, Penang. More than 400 wine enthusiasts turned up at the event.

“Tickets were sold like hot cakes since the event is being publish. We are glad to organize event like this as it help to bring up a new healthy drinking trend in Penang” Sean Teoh, Billion Frontier Group of Companies Group Vice-President said.

Billion Frontier Group of Companies owns a number of up-market restaurants and bistros including Bed, Sixty9ine Mansion by The Sea, Mois, Nueve, Sushi Zento and Red Karaoke.

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 Crowds of people make their way through the event

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