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Monsoon Valley Wines featured in Wine Enthusiast

Some lucky feature writer got a tour of Thailand and its wine offerings and published her findings in this month’s Wine Enthusiast for all to share. Here’s what she said about Siam Winery:

The tour begins in their cellar, where German winemaker Kathrin Puff offers an in-depth look at the winemaking process complete with barrel samples and a taste of their top-end wines…Ending where the winemaking process begins, the floating vineyards add a uniquely Thai air, though you won’t find any vines literally floating in the canals built to help irrigate the land during monsoon season. Essential items include your camera and a few words of Thai to converse with the viticulturist. Nearby the famous floating markets await to further fill your memory card.

Sounds dandy. You can go ahead and read the rest here. If you’re in Thailand and want to tour the vineyards for yourself, book a tour on their website and tell them we sent you.

Outside the Siam Winery

At Siam Winery, a tour offers an in-depth look at the winemaking process complete with barrel samples and a taste of their top-end wines.

If you have a fear of flying and want to try the Monsoon Valley Wines from Thailand, go to your better Thai restaurants and ask for it!

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So an American expatriate living in Tokyo reviews a wine from Thailand. That statement might make you take the review with a grain of salt, but the review is for http://www.eRobertParker.com and the writer is a part-time wine educator for Tokyo’s Academie du Vin…sound convincing yet?

Here’s her review:

Siam Winery Monsoon Valley White 2007
Thailand
Retail price: 1365 yen
86 points
This wine is made predominately from the locally grown Malaga Blanc grape, which judging purely from tasting, I suspect is not entirely vinifera. Nonetheless, while the presumably hybrid nose / flavors are unusual they’re also appealing. There is an unique, medicinal, somewhat eucalyptus aroma to this wine complimenting the lemon and savory seaweed nuances. The light to medium bodied palate has crisp acidity balanced by a touch of residual sugar (though still a dry style). Medium finish. This could go very well with Asian cuisines and I for one can’t wait to taste a bottle with a plate of Pad Thai or a bowl of Tom Yum soup. Drink now. Tasted August 2008.

Pretty nifty. Read the reviewers other top Tokyo wine picks here.