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New Wines in Thailand

“Der Rosenkavalier” enjoyed by The Grand Opera Society Chiang Mai

Fine French Wines and Food

A story that has to be told

New Wines in Thailand

Barbara, Julie, Robb, Gill, Trevor and Kittipong. (M.D. V & K Group)

“A Rose between...” Mohamad, Tom, Yupha, Frank and Ian at
the Sira Boutique Hotel wine tasting.

Teerapong, David and Clare sampling the wines on offer.

Grahame (back to the beer) with Rick and Graham enjoying the evening
at the Sira Boutique Hotel.

Kittipong with Parichat and Rachel sampling the new Corinto Selection.

Last week the V & K Intergroup Co. Ltd., along with Darling Wine Bar and Wineways, got together at the Sira Boutique Hotel on Sriphoon Road to introduce the new Corinto Selection of wines. Yet again, Chiang Mai was chosen to launch this exciting new range of wines rather than Bangkok; maybe because there seems to be a larger number of wine connoisseurs pro rata here than in other Thai cities. Also on offer was the ‘Cassegrain’ Cabernet Sauvignon and a Merlot, which is the top selling wine in Thailand. Trevor Dobson from Wineways, along with his delightful wife Gill, owner of the Darling Wine Bar, was on hand to give expert advice; having had many years in the business. The regular suspects lined up on this particular night along with a few extras such as Grahame from The Pub - it makes a change for him to be seen holding a wine glass rather than a beer mug! Robb and Julie Hind from the Sira Boutique Hotel made it a delightful event for all with their usual charm.

 

“Der Rosenkavalier” enjoyed by The Grand Opera Society Chiang Mai

Angelique, Manus and Annelie (kneeling). Tony, Bill, Howard, Chris, Fred, Marjie, Boy, Milt, Joyce, Gisela, Aileen, John, and Gosun (standing).

Earlier this month on 8th January, the Grand Opera Society held its first meeting of the 2008 season. Sixteen lucky members were enthralled with “Der Rosenkavalier”, the touching operatic love story by the famous early 20th century composer Richard Strauss.
It is planned to hold a meeting/performance every alternate Tuesday at Rimping Condo at 7 pm. The chosen opera will be announced a few days in advance. The first 25 people who reply in the affirmative will be invited to come along, bringing with them food and drink to share for an interval buffet supper.
There are currently 85 people registered with the Opera Society, although many are not in town at present. People do not have to be fulltime residents in Chiang Mai to be on the register. If you’d like to be included, please contact Dr Howard Graves on [email protected]
Dr Graves would also like to form a “Ballet Society of Chiang Mai”, sometime in the future. If you are interested, please contact him on the above email for further details.


Fine French Wines and Food

Pictured from left are Joon (Horeca), Pascal Coste (Host)
and David Bouton from Rayong.

Out of respect for HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana, the planned Horeca function to introduce some of the very best French wines and food to Chiang Mai was low key.
The get together with some nice delicatessen and great French wines was held at Chez Gibus on Kampaengdin Road and attracted many of the town’s top chefs. Horeca provides food and wine to all the top four and five star hotels in Northern Thailand.
For those triva buff’s - Chapoutier is the only wine in the world with the label in Braille!


A story that has to be told

Rose and Mike Dean
We returned home from a riverside restaurant last night by songtaew after the usual haggle to get the price down from 200 baht to 100 baht. The driver picked up another fare en route to our condominium. We were dropped off and the 100 baht fare duly handed to the driver’s mate, just as the songtaew pulled off to discharge the remaining passenger. We strolled the 50 or so metres to our building, entered, passed through the security enclosure and were at the door of our 11th floor apartment, when the second elevator brought up our security guard and the songtaew driver, who was holding the 100 baht note in his hand. Neither of these two was able to converse in English. The word “friend” kept repeating itself. Regrettably our Thai language skills were deficient!
Our immediate grasp of the situation was that the driver was pursuing us for a further 100 baht and was suggesting that the agreed price was per person! Following us all the way up to our apartment would certainly have indicated this, we thought. And yet, there was no anger, no anxiety in the seemingly benign and, indeed, otherwise pleasant conversation and its unsuccessful translation. The security guard then took the 100 baht note from the driver and placed it in my hands.
Our next grasp of the situation was that this might be the ultimate rudeness, in that the driver was telling us that he could live without our paltry offering of only 100 baht and was returning it. The whole episode was becoming extremely perplexing.
To resolve matters we decided to all go downstairs and get a translation of this bewildering conversation. Here’s the most amazing explanation.
Whilst the price was being negotiated through the passenger side window, one of the party with whom we had shared dinner (explaining the frequently used term “friend”) had paid the 100 baht to the driver through the driver’s window.
The rest of the story follows. We were dropped off. Our payment of the agreed 100 baht was handed to the driver’s mate. The driver was preoccupied with watching the traffic as he was pulling out to proceed to drop off his remaining fare. The driver’s mate showed the driver the 100 baht note we had just paid. The driver obviously could not live with this unfairly received gain and after dropping off his fare returned to our condo to return the money.
Now we hear and read so many stories about why things aren’t always right in Chiang Mai, and we can whinge and “bleat”, ad nauseam about the conditions in the city, but here is a true-life account of the heart and the spirit of its people.
Take a moment to think about it, then ask yourselves the question, “Where else would this happen? “. Then, thank God, we live in this wonderful place with such wonderful people as our hosts.
We’re only sorry we never knew that stranger’s name or his vehicle registration number. But we are connected - for ever! If “making merit” was important for him he made enough for the world last night.



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