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    Marriott Resort and Spa hosts Siam Winery Wine Tasting Event.

    Marriott Resort and Spa hosts Siam Winery Wine Tasting Event.


    We attended a Wine Tasting organized by the Siam Winery at the Marriott Resort and Spa in South Pattaya on Tuesday Night which featured 7 wines from the Monsoon Valley Wine Collection. Siam Winery is one of Asia's leading wine producers. In 1982 Khun Chalerm founded Siam Winery with the ambition to become Asia's leading company in producing & marketing of wine and grape-based product. The Monsoon Valley Wines are billed as the perfect wines to accompany spicy food and this was put to the test by an invited group of Thai and Foreign Wine Connoisseurs, many of which were hotel and restaurant owners who placed orders for the Wines at the event. If you would like more information on the selection of wines offered by the Siam Winery you can call 02 533 5600 or log on to ::: Siam Winery :::. They also have a sales office in Sutton Row in London. For those dialing from the UK you can call 0207 434 5600.

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    Can we please ask the wonderful Thai wine producers if they've had enough protection in the form of outrageous import taxes so that we can start having some affordable real wine? Like Aussie, American, NZ, French, Chile, Argenine, S. African, at reasonable prices???

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    DD, did you go to this? I thought of joining the wine tasting club in Pattaya before, but then thought better of it when I saw a photo in the paper with everyone dressed in formal attire! This picture doesn't look so stuffy...

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    Actually, there has been excellent Thai wines produced here, can't remember the name, but it's all for export, no the local markets. This means that the import duty on foreign wines is nothing more than a racket by both customs and importers

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    Quote Originally Posted by chinthee View Post
    Can we please ask the wonderful Thai wine producers if they've had enough protection in the form of outrageous import taxes so that we can start having some affordable real wine? Like Aussie, American, NZ, French, Chile, Argenine, S. African, at reasonable prices???
    Yep, I really miss a decent bottle of affordable wine. Crappy wine that belongs in the discount "3 bottles for $10" barrel back home is selling for 500 baht plus where I'm at.

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    Thai wine is creating a spicy storm
    14th Sep 2012



    Wine drinkers are familiar with the terms 'Old World' and 'New World' to refer to different wine regions, but if the Monsoon Valley Winery in Thailand has anything to say about it, we'll be adding the term 'New Latitude' to the list.

    Thailand makes wine, you ask? Well it was news to me too, so I popped over to a recent tasting of Monsoon Valley wines to see for myself. My discovery was not that yes, they actually do make wine in Thailand, but the real revelation was they're actually quite good!

    Monsoon Valley has only been producing wine for 10 years, is the biggest of only five wineries in Thailand, and is solely responsible for all exports (to over 18 markets, of which the UK is one of the biggest). Their grapes are grown towards the south of the country at 13 degrees north of the equator in the Hun Hin Vineyard where the loamy sand and slate soils along with the cooling effects from the Gulf of Thailand, allow the grapes to ripen suitably.

    The woman at helm is German winemaker, Kathrin Puff, who trained in Italy, but was ready for a new challenge. It's safe to say she found it! Quoted in the Drinks Business on July 5, 2011, Puff says of her decision to make wine in Thailand "Of course I was sceptical, as anyone would be, but I like to give new things a try and once I start something I always want to see it through to the end".

    The wines are made to compliment Thai food with its rich blend of flavours and spice. Therefore some of the wines have a slight sweetness to them to counteract the spice of the food. The 8 wines at the tasting were divided into two ranges: 'classic' and 'premium'. The classic range are blends - Chenin Blanc & Colombard, Shiraz & Pokdum (an indigenous variety); while the top wines are 100% single varietals of the same grapes (minus the Pokdum).

    It's safe to say I prefered the wines of the premium range as they were the drier styles. I particularly liked the Colombard and Shiraz. Colombard is usually a very lackluster, verging on boring variety, but this one was fresh, well-balanced, with notes of passionfruit and citrus. It impressed the judges at the 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards who gave it a bronze medal.

    The Shiraz showed good structure and bold tannins after spending 12 months in French oak barrels and had lovely dark berries and plums with just the right amount of spicyness.

    Both the classic and premium ranges are excellent value as they retail for around 7 and 9 respectively.

    I think we should all be like Kathrin and try something new - and a bottle of wine from Monsoon Valley is the perfect way to start!

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