A private villa in Thailand provides the perfect setting to indulge in a little wine tasting whilst on holiday and many properties come with their own extensive list of new and old world vintage to try out with the delicious dishes prepared daily by the chef.
If you’re on holiday in Thailand, it’s often the case that the stunning scenery, delectable culinary culture and exquisite dining facilities warrant a celebratory toast. After all, what better feeling is there than knowing you can sit back and enjoy the perfect holiday evening with a bottle of your favourite tipple?
Many of the country’s luxurious private villas come with their own wine cellars, which are stocked with a magnificent selection of vinos from around the world.
For a little bit of inspiration of what beverage to pair with an idyllic Thai sunset or delicious meal under the stars we’ve put together the following selection of fine wines, all of which are readily available around the world.
The Height of Good Taste
If your villa’s professional chef is whipping up a seafood feast to be enjoyed on the property’s outdoor sun terrace, only the finest bottle of white will suffice. New Zealand’s sub-tropical wine regions are famed for their white wines, which produce a superb range of vibrant, intense flavours. A good bottle of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc provides the perfect complement to a mouth-watering fish dish, and Cloudy Bay is one of the region’s most sought-after bottled products. There is no doubt that after one sip of the crisp, pure flavour, you will be hankering for more.
Chilled to Perfection
For those in the mood for something a little fruiter, “frosé” is the latest beverage to take bars and restaurants across the world by storm. Essentially, this wine-based fruity cocktail is inspired by the humble slushie, and is perfect for a refreshing toast in your villa’s outdoor relaxation sala overlooking the ocean. To prepare, add one bottle of rosé to a bowl before mixing in an ounce of vermouth. Next, add a small dish of pureed strawberries and blend with your wine mixture and a generous amount of ice cubes. Frosé is the fabulous result.
If you’re planning on settling down for an authentic Thai feast cooked by your villa’s expert resident chef, then you need a wine that’s going to cut through the spicy flavour of the food and leave you with the warm glow of a sweet after-taste. If you prefer white wine, German Riesling is the ideal tipple for this. The acidity of the drink will pierce through the fiery flavour of a spicy dish of som tam, bringing a lingering fruitiness to complement the powerful hot and sour flavours of the dish.
While many culinary critics believe that Thai food lends itself more readily to white wine, there are plenty of rich red vinos that provide an irresistible match for a hearty Thai meal. A light to medium-bodied bottle of red will do the trick, and the wine regions of Southern Italy offer up a fabulous array of delectable flavours. The warm climate of the region offers up an exquisite juicy, tangy and almost berry-like flavour, once again bringing the fruity after taste to a savoury noodle dish with a generous level of spiciness.
Of course, sparkling wines are the go-to choice for any kind of celebration, so any inspiration selection of holiday wines wouldn’t be complete without one for your sipping pleasure. Thailand’s warm climate provides the perfect climate to enjoy a bottle of sparkling wine, and in recent years Prosecco has been the top choice of many. This fantastic tipple is produced in the wine regions of North East Italy, and it’s important to know what to look out for if you want to make sure you select a high quality bottle. Producers that label the bottle as “Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG” follow a strict wine-making protocol standardised by Italian authorities, so you can ensure the taste will be magnificent.