Every month, Naturalista highlights a renowned Sommelier whose responsibility is to curate some of the most interesting wine programs at venues in Thailand and around the world. We are honored to work alongside them to push the industry to new heights!
This month we feature Mr Thanakorn Mankit; Wine Director of Foodie Collection group.
How did you become interested in wine? Give us a little insight on your journey.
My early adventures with wine came on the job. I was the sommelier at The Mandarin Oriental and had the pleasure of trying many types of wines. My senior colleagues always travelled to visit wineries to understand our products better and to meet the maker directly. This was the moment I knew this was not only a career for me, but a passion I looked to explore deeper. I was hungry for knowledge and attended wine masters classes and focused my skills at competitions to gain traction in the industry. I have been blessed to visit a lot of wineries that I always held to high regards. At present, I am the group sommelier for Foodie Collection (Il Fumo, La Dotta, Via Maris, Vesper); I love the challenge of creating a wine program for our different format of venues, it keeps me challenged always to further sharpen my skills.
What are your thoughts on Natural wine?
Natural wine is wine made with minimal chemical and technological intervention, both in growing grapes and making them into wine. The term is used to distinguish such wine from organic wine and biodynamic wine because of differences in cellar practices. All natural wines are, however, farmed organically at a minimum and many growers are biodynamic in the vineyard as well. We include these in our wine offerings at the different venues under my direction.
What’s your take on global warming’s impact on the wine world?
You might assume that a global increase in temperature will lead to less rain in the future, not more. However, this isn’t entirely true. Climate change experts studying global warming’s impact on the wine industry have found that regions like California still experience severe drought conditions during the summer, which is leading some wineries to experiment with methods like dry farming wine, but in the late winter and early spring the state gets more rainfall than ever. As temperatures rise throughout the year, winters also get slightly warmer. In areas that used to have snowfall, temperatures are too warm for water to freeze, resulting in heavy winter rain storms instead. In addition, any snow that does fall tends to melt earlier than usual in the season, which leads to flooding. It will be interesting to see how the wine is going to change in the future, what we may expect, may suddenly bloom into another journey.
What advice would you give to aspiring Somms?
Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.
Which bottles would you recommend our patrons to try :