Viberti Giovanni Winery presented five different red wines served with creative alternative Italian food at Baan Thalia restaurant at Anatara Resort Hua Hin. The chef once again surprised us with his choices. First course: ‘sala of duck confit, with rocket, orange, roasted walnuts and light Rossini cheese dressing’. This dish was accompanied with Dolcetto d’alba superior , Piedmont , Italy , 2010. The wine has slightly floral, juicy and more delicate characteristics. It has a pleasant bitter almond aftertaste, which is particularly present in those from Alba. For the second course we had deep-fried risotto on tomato basil mousse.
The mousse took us to Italy with its strong taste of tomato and basil. This dish was accompanied by Barbella d’Alba superior ‘Bricco Airoli’, Piedmont, Italy 2010. We continued with Bollito Misto, slow cooked pork, beef, chicken and sausage with smoked herb infusion, mostarda and salsa verde. This was only for meat lovers. A strong wine was the accompaniment this time; Nebbiolo , Langhe, Italy ,2010. Nebbiolo wines are distinguished by their strong tannins, high acidity and distinctive scent – often described as “tar and roses”. For main course we had Roasted Lamb Cutlet with crusted bread and a garlic mousse, grilled vegetables and lamb juice; my favorite dish of the day. Garlic and lamb; what a great combination.
Barolo ‘Buon Padre’ Piedmont, Italy 2007 is very rich, complex but balanced. Is not easy to have wine after dessert but the chef made the difference by creating a cheese soufflé with onion jam and grilled pear on honey thyme sabayon. The last wine was for me was the most enjoyable of all; Barolo Riserva ‘La Volta’, Piedmont, 2006. Barolo is a delicious red wine from the Piedmont region of Northern Italy. It is made strictly from Nebbiolo grape; aromatic with rich tannins and characteristics of old oak, these wines are considered by most to be some Italy’s finest. Thanks one more time Anantara Hua Hin team who let us be part of this great wine dinner.