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    Thai Grapes and Wines

    Thai Grapes, Thailand has a few areas where it can grow grapes, one of these places is about 20km from Pattaya and is called Silverlakes Vineyard, yes more importantly they convert those grapes into wine, each winery in Thailand makes a limited amount of different wines but should keep you busy and drunk for a few days whilst testing them out, also at the markets you will find grapes imported from such countries as America, but for these you will pay a high price, starting point of around 250baht per kilo.



    Grapes were invented to make wine and wine it shall be, a small valley leading down to the lake at Silverlakes, plenty of growing frames for the grape vines.

    A visit to Silverlake Winery (Pattaya Silverlake Vineyard), Silverlake is worth a visit as it is at present quite a nice location, nice buildings, an extremely nice restaurant, plus of course it is free.



    Some of the planted and growing vines. I have to admit I don't no when the grapes grow in Thailand, obviously they will be seasonal, much of Thailand and its seasons consist of hot, hot, hot, hot and wet, with the mountains and valleys though it should create a bit of a season plus nice daily variations in temperature.



    A few bottles of wine from the vineyard, they are quite expensive considering how cheap labour is here, but I should imagine garden pests would keep the gardeners pretty busy as Thailand seems to have just about every nasty insect you can think of.

    In Thailand you can buy imported wines, ie from Australia, America, France and just about every other country that makes wines, but again these also work out expensive once they get on the supermarket shelves, but if you like a nice wine you will have to pay the price.



    So now is the time to test out the Thai wines and tell us whether they are worthy of the prices being charged, personally I find them a bit too sweet, but that is just me, each to their own and that.

    Other wineries in Thailand you can visit include;
    Chateau de Loei: 220 Mu 6 Tambon Rong Chik, Amphoe Phu Ruea, Loei;
    +66 (0) 2319 5390


    Khao Yai Winery: 102 Moo 5, Phaya Yen, Pak Chong, Nakorn Ratchasima;
    +66 (0)3 622 6415.

    GranMonte: 52 Moo 9 Phayayen, Pakchong, Nakornrachasima;
    +66 (0)8 192 3200


    Siam Winery: 9/2 Moo 3, Tumbon Bangtorud,, Mueang District, Samut Sakhon;
    +66 (0)3 484 5334.

    Hua Hin Hills: 204 Moo9, Baan Khork Chang Patana, Nong Plup, Hua Hin;
    + 66 (0)81 701 0222


    Thai Beef Salad

    Ingredients:

    1-1 tsp chili flakes (finely chopped)
    2 cloves cloves garlic (crushed into a paste)
    3 tbsps fresh lime juice (lemon)
    1 tbsp fish sauce
    12 tsp sugar
    1 red onion (sliced into thin rings)
    2 stalks lemongrass (bruised and chopped optional)
    100 grams green beans (trimmed)
    12 cucumber (peeled)
    20 cherry tomatoes (halved)
    20 seedless grapes (red)
    14 cup fresh mint
    14 cup coriander (fresh)
    300 grams sirloin steaks
    1 tbsp vegetable oil

    Method

    1 Mix the chili flakes and garlic together.
    2 Mix in the lime or lemon juice, fish sauce, sugar, sliced lemongrass and red onions.
    3 Boil the beans in a pot of water for just for a couple minutes. Rinse in cool water and drain.
    4 Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds. Cut into half-moon shapes.
    5 Mix the beans, tomatoes, cucumber, grapes and most of the herbs together in a salad bowl.
    6 Heat up a frying pan or griddle until very hot.
    7 Smear the meat with oil on both sides and cook for 2-4 minutes on each side. This will leave a bit of pink in the middle.
    8 If you want it well done, adjust the cooking time as necessary.
    9 Let the meat rest for five minutes before slicing, then lay it on a work surface and slice it thinly on a slant.
    10 Spoon most of the dressing mixture you prepared earlier over the salad.
    11 Slide the steak slices through a bit of the remaining dressing, then arrange it over the salad.
    12 Decorate with the leftover herbs and serve.

    More Thai Recipes.

    Thai Food For Newbies

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    i never did get around to visiting the Vineyard in Hua Hin, which is meant to be nice

    You can be drunk in control of an elephant there too




    Hua Hin Hills Vineyard is built on a former elephant corral, a sublime place where wild Asian elephants were domesticated. The terrain, comprising mostly of loamy-sand and slate, is conducive to the cultivation of grapes providing the seaside resort town of Hua Hin with its first boutique vineyard.

    Grapes are carefully tended at this estate vineyard. The varietals grown each year are used exclusively for the award-winning Monsoon Valley Wines.
    Take this opportunity to learn about wine making and taste samples from the vines grown right in the Hua Hin Hills vineyard. The vineyard tour package includes fresh grape juice, wine and snack pairing, as well as a presentation on the Hua Hin Hills Winery. In addition visitors can enjoy a ride through the vineyard on elephants - the only vineyard in the world where this is possible.

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    Odd how they all taste like piss cost as much as imported trash but oddly more than reasonable $10-20 gargles in Oz ,Sain,Portugal, USA or Bulgaria You never see a Thai bottle overseas while they wouldnt last 10 minutes without the tax barrier ,considering the virtual slave labour rates some on is making a pile of daft tourists. Even China Jordan and Brazil make more quaffable stuff at normal plonk price ! euro a liter en frac
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    Why is it so shit?

    Is it the grapes/seeds/varieties or the soil?

    Too hot?

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