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    Inexpensive Wine Thread

    We all know that wine is expensive in LOS due to the tax structure. But, there are bargains now and then. If you run across a wine that is reasonably priced but still good, post your discovery here: name, price, vendor

    Mine first:

    Le Pichet, French Table Wine -- 249 baht -- Lotus: Low on cash, I bought this in desperation to go with some French bread, ham and cheese. It was lovely, given the price and, in answer to the ultimate question: yes, I would buy it again.

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    I fancy having a go at making my own when I move out there.

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    Lao Khao, Thai Under-the-Table Wine, 20 baht bottle
    available from SomChai's House

    With it's pungent bouquet and tendency to give you the runs this wine is not for everyone. Usually served at gutter temperature with a selection of fried insects.


    Sorry, mate, couldn't stop myself

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    Well, I'm not going to buy any shitty Frog wine, but this Chillean one is ok...

    Casa Alhue (Cab Sav or Merlot) - 339B from Foodland.

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    Casa Alhue
    Merlot 2003
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    Very good drop
    Villa is so expensive when not on promotion, bought 2 for one at about 650B
    Found it at a reasonable off licence in Banglampoo (bkk) for 310 per bottle as standard

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    spanish in makro

    For 399 you get a real great one at Makro,

    Allonzo, something like that...(escquecelent, hips )


    They have another at makro, spanish aswell for 199 we use it for cooking... if you drink this one it is a bit bitter...

    The really best thing for having a good glass of wine handy is to go at a Villa Market, they normally have a good choice of wines packed on containers of 3 or 5 liters

    5 liter french wine good quality, chateau Bouchard, 1500 Thb, so if you calculate that out it's a decent price, and you can keep it for quiet some time for your everyday use...

    This are things going well with this wine choice....

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    I don't mind a good red once in awhile and it's great for it's spreading properties but I would rather have a good Aussie port.

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    I have been buying chinzano for 275baht a bottle, it's great if you chuck in some vodka to up the alchol content of it

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    Not a wine man myself so wouldn't have a clue really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by forreachingme
    5 liter french wine good quality, chateau Bouchard, 1500 Thb, so if you calculate that out it's a decent price, and you can keep it for quiet some time for your everyday use..
    is this drinkable compared to home FRM

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    I don't like wine.

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    container is the choice

    French, chiilian,Aussi all in 5 ltrs in Villa Market, the Chateau Bouchard was a very good one, nice "Palais", they could sell it in Europe no problem..

    I tried another one from Corsica this one was kind of " Piao " ( bitter ) but second glass is fine. this one was in 3 liter container...

    I tried many from there over the years and never had a bad experience with those containers, normally very drinkale wines inside, cheers...


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    Gow ---- I don't like wine.
    Do you like Spy? red, classic, black...

    I had a few ladies coming over my house and these Spy was their all time choice, they need 2 or 3 each to be high...

    For once i made them some "spritzer" as the ladys call it in the states...
    Red wine with Sprite, they do not drink Spy anymore and love this spritzer...

    give it a try...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goddess of Whatever
    I don't like wine.
    ^%$#*&(& !!!!!

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    So glad I read this thread. I love wine. Everytime I have been in LOS I never even thought of buying it. Why? because I had read somewhere that it was really expensive. Well going by what you are all wirting it doesn't seem too expensive.
    Where are the main outlets? I will explore more next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HAMILTON
    Where are the main outlets? I will explore more next time.
    My main outlet is about six inches below the belly button where the legs join. Is yours somewhere different?

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    Dougal Quote:
    My main outlet is about six inches below the belly button where the legs join. Is yours somewhere different?





    Dougal, So pray tell, how often do you drink from your main outlet?

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    bloody pis drinker!!

    as for wine, I like it a lot

    The prices may be high due to the tax, but why should ALL the prices be doubled. I can see that at the cheap end the tax is a lot proportionately, but the more expensive wines should not be so much more

    unless the tax varies depending on original price?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    but why should ALL the prices be doubled. I can see that at the cheap end the tax is a lot proportionately, but the more expensive wines should not be so much more
    Good point.

    I also don't understand how they do the two or three for one deals. How does the tax work on those?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eliminator
    Dougal, So pray tell, how often do you drink from your main outlet?
    I am heavily into recycling.

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    Boone's Farm Wines

    1. Wild Island
    2. Sun Peak Peach
    3. Blackberry Ridge
    4. Mountain Berry
    5. Snow Creek Berry
    6. Hard Lemonade
    7. Country Kwencher
    8. Strawberry Daiquiri
    9. Fuzzy Navel
    10. Kiwi Strawberry
    11. Pina Colada
    12. Raspberry Hard Lemonade
    13. Strawberry Hill
    14. Sangria
    15. Wild Raspberry

    Yes, i am a hillbilly. I did not know until I was well in my 30's that wine came with a cork...

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    The tax on wine is CIF x 3.9.

    So, if a wine has a value of say $2 (US) a litre, it will cost $7.80 plus shipping and costs incurred in Thailand. Aussie wine should come down in a year or two due to the FTA (or so I believe).

    Obviously, the important thing is to have a good negotiator when dealing with Thai C&E as the price is fixed after the first importation. Thank goodness for dual invoicing and the lack of the rule law in Thailand, or all your liquor would cost a hell of a lot more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    The tax on wine is CIF x 3.9.

    So, if a wine has a value of say $2 (US) a litre, it will cost $7.80 plus shipping and costs incurred in Thailand. Aussie wine should come down in a year or two due to the FTA (or so I believe).
    Thanks for that. But I still don't understand how the "two for one" deals work.

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    I just bought an australian wine for 1.98. Funnily it is called Captain's so I think the Cap is hiding from us that he is having this business as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buadhai
    Thanks for that. But I still don't understand how the "two for one" deals work.
    I assume it is done as a loss leader, ie they still make a tiny bit of profit but it is just to introduce the dirty massess to their fine wines

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