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‘B&G Launch Event’ brings French heritage and the world’s 3rd best sommelier to Bangkok

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‘B&G Launch Event’ brings French heritage and the world’s 3rd best sommelier to Bangkok in an exclusive event showcasing award-winning French wines.

Wine enthusiasts in Bangkok were treated to an extraordinary experience at the ‘B&G Launch Event’ organised by Independent Wine & Spirit (Thailand) Co., Ltd. The event, held at the stylish Maa-Lai Library on the 30th floor of the Kimpton Maa-Lai Hotel Bangkok, celebrated the renowned French wine brand Barton & Guestier and featured a very special guest, Reeze Choi, the 3rd best sommelier in the world.

Independent Wine & Spirit (IWS), a leading importer and distributor of premium wines in Thailand and Southeast Asia, partnered with Barton & Guestier (B&G), a French renowned winemaker with an illustrious history dating back nearly 300 years. The B&G Launch Event served as the perfect platform to showcase an exquisite selection of Barton & Guestier’s celebrated wines from iconic regions across France. For this dinner IWS showcased B&G’s celebrated French wines alongside the world’s 3rd best sommelier, Reeze Choi, a certified Advanced Sommelier and WSET Educator.

Throughout the evening, guests were treated to an exquisite 5-course dinner expertly paired with award-winning wines curated to highlight the distinct flavours and terroirs of Barton & Guestier’s portfolio. Guests were welcomed with Veuve du Vernay Brut, a sparkling wine with an intimate link to the history of French sparkling wines. The meal commenced with a Nicoise salad paired with the Barton & Guestier Bordeaux Rouge 2021, followed by scallops Coquille Saint Jacques with the Barton & Guestier Chardonnay Reserve 2020. A warm Vichyssoise soup was then served, paired with the Barton & Guestier Saint-Emilion 2021. The main course offered a choice between a baked crepe filled with spinach and ricotta or a slow-cooked beef rib, both complemented by the exceptional Barton & Guestier Medoc 2021 and Chateau Magnol Haut Medoc 2019 respectively. The grand finale was a decadent chocolate mousse dessert paired with the Veuve du Vernay Brut Rose for the well-balanced and fresh finish.

Mr. Reeze Choi, mesmerized the guests with his profound knowledge and expertise earned from his remarkable achievements in the sommelier world, made history by becoming the first Chinese finalist of the prestigious Best Sommelier of the World Competition in 2023, where he secured an impressive 3rd place finish. His other accolades include being the 1st runner-up of A.S.I. Asia-Oceania Best Sommelier Competition in 2018 and the reigning champion of The Best Sommelier Greater China from 2016 to 2022.

With an uncompromising commitment to quality and nearly 300 years of French winemaking heritage, Barton & Guestier’s wines deliver exceptional value by providing premium drinking experiences at very approachable price points. In addition, Barton & Guestier’s is committed to sustainability and adhering to rigorous environmental standards, with Chateau Magnol being ISO 14001 certified since 2013. Many B&G wines are vegan-friendly, using zero insecticides, herbicides and 100% organic fungicides with no irrigation

The B&G Launch Event represented a landmark event for Bangkok’s wine culture, combining the rich legacy of French winemaking with the expertise of a world-class sommelier.

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