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Review: Vineyards World Wines – Cabernet Sauvignon (Thailand)

Our guide to buying wine in Thailand, has had its first succes. Applying the guide to the selection of wines at the local Tesco Lotus supermarket resulted in an Australian Cabernet Sauvignon by the supermarket’s private label ‘Vineyards – World Wines’. The red wine is above acceptable, with just a little bit too much sweetness in the after-tast and a lack of body. Priced at 349 baht, it is just 50 baht more expensive than the local fruit wines and far superior. Shiraz and Merlot variants are available as well. Affordable, enjoyable and widely available in Thailand. Result.

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Test case-Lotus: wine :-)

Keen to test the findings of my Thai wine buying research in real-life, we hit Tesco-Lotus yesterday. Finding a reasonably priced and widely available bottle of red wine remains the current objective. First step: locate a bottle with a blue tax label and an acceptable price. Priced below 300 baht, this Australian Camden Park was in the same price bracket as the Peter Vella and Montclair local fruit wines. Second criterium: scan the labels for any mention of … yup, there it was “Fruit Wine“. On to the next one. Will report back with a review on the wine we ended up buying.

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Buying decent wine for a reasonable price in Thailand

As you might have noticed from previous posts, I am struggling to find a decent bottle of (preferably red) wine at a reasonable price in Thailand. I decided to investigate why this proves to be such a challenging task. After all, Australia is relatively close by and makes respectable fermented grape juice. Word between the vines is that Thailand is perfectly capable of producing a good product. Even though a visit to to the Silverlake Vineyard didn’t exactly convince me, Khao Yai’s Granmonte Winery did win several international prizes. Continue reading for a surprising look into the Thai wine market, with a practical tip about how to judge a wine by its bottle.

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Widely available wines in Thailand

This picture represents the most readily available wines in Thailand, with just Peter Vella missing. The most popular seem to be this latter one and Mont Clair (both priced at 299 baht at Tesco Lotus). Both being just barely acceptable, quite frankly. I still have to try Jacob’s Creek, though. The first occasion I get I will check out a specialized wine store hoping to find a budget friendly recommendation.

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