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Tips For Ordering Wine At The Londoner

 

 

 

Here at The Londoner, our friendly and knowledgeable staff are always happy to offer advice about which wine to order, either to accompany your food, or simply to sip on.

 

Here are the answers to some questions we are used to hearing:

What are the different types of wine?

Wines can generally be described as:

Full-bodied

Wine with an alcohol-by-volume (ABV) content greater than 13.5% is considered a full-bodied wine. Full-bodied wine fills your taste buds with its texture and strength. Generally, they age longer in new oak barrels and have a high tannin content, so they tend to have a heavier flavour.

Examples include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Syrah/Shiraz, Carménère, and Tempranillo. While the majority of wines over 13.5% alcohol are usually red, Chardonnay is a great example of a white that often can also be considered full-bodied.

Medium-Bodied

Wines between 12.5% and 13.5% are deemed medium-bodied. These are generally the white wines we think of as crisp and refreshing.

Examples include Rosé, French Burgundy, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. Several classic medium-bodied red wines use little to no oak aging and are usually called “food wines”.

Light-Bodied

In most cases, wines under 12.5% are light-bodied wines. They sit in your mouth more like a delicate unsweetened iced green tea or a refreshing lemonade that tingles on your tongue.

Generally speaking, most light bodied wines have lower alcohol levels, reduced tannin, and higher acidity. Examples include Riesling, Prosecco, Gamay, and Semillon.

Dry

Most of the above wines fall into the dry category, even though our taste buds might tell us differently. Dry wines range from no residual sugar to 1 gram per serving (150ml).

Most red wines rarely have more than 1/3 gram of sugar per glass. In comparison, a 150ml serving of Coca-Cola has 16 grams of sugar.

Sparkling

Usually Champagne, although there are other sparkling wines made the same way that Champagne is produced, but with different grapes, such as Cava and Prosecco.

Terms like Brut and Sec describe the sweetness levels in sparkling wines. If you prefer your bubbly on the dry side, opt for Extra Brut or Brut Nature if it’s available.

Dessert or “Sweet”

Sweet wines are generally Dessert Wines and have a wide range of sweetness varying from about 3 to 28 grams of sugar per glass.

Examples include Ice Wines, Port, Tokaji, Sauternes, Lachryma Christi, Muscat, and Semillon.

What wines go best with what food?

Some of our guests select their food from our extensive menu, then ask for advice on what wine is best to accompany those dishes.

Others know already which wine they prefer, and wonder what would be the best food choice to be paired with that wine!

Full-Bodied Wines

Best paired with a juicy grilled beef steak, your favourite hamburger, roasted leg of lamb, pork roast, grilled pork, and even dark meat poultry like duck, or sausages. Malbec for example has enough body to stand up to these rich foods, but its tannins and finish are slightly mellower than a Cabernet Sauvignon.

So, from our food and wine menus, you might choose:

  • The 10oz Sirloin Steak grilled just how you like it, with the Malbec Ben Marco from Mendoza, Argentina.
  • The Lamb Shank, with the Shiraz Hedonist from the McLaren Valley, South Australia.
  • The Hog Roast Burger with the Cabernet Sauvignon Lamador from the Maule Valley, Chile (available by the glass).
  • The Pork Rib Rack with the Shiraz Diggins Estate from South Eastern Australia (available by the glass).
  • The Beef Ragu Lasagne with the Outback Creek Chardonnay from South Eastern Australia (available by the glass).

And, of course, all of the above full-bodied wines go fantastically well with our famous Sunday Roast!

Medium-Bodied Wines

Top pairings for medium-bodied wines include antipasti, especially seafood and vegetable-based ones, fried fish or vegetables or even fish and chips, light pasta sauces like clams, cream, fresh tomato or carbonara, risottos, light seafood salads, and sushi.

So, from our food and wine menus, you might choose:

  • The Lake Toba Fish Fillet with the Sauvignon Blanc Clearwater Cove from Marlborough, New Zealand
  • The Londoner Fish N Chips with the Pinot Grigio Delle Venezia from Italy (available by the glass)
  • The Aglio Olio Pasta (A.O.P) Seafood with the Torrontés Crios from Cafayate (Salta) and Uco Valley (Mendoza), Argentina
  • The Smoked Salmon & Fresh Rocket Pizza with the Gris Blanc Rosé Gérard Bertrand from Pays d’Oc, France
  • The Chicken 33 with the “Domaine des Fines Caillottes” Pouilly-Fumé Jean Pabiot from Loire, France

Light-Bodied Wines

Light-bodied wines, since they tend to be high in acidity and offer a crisp taste, work well with seafood, especially shellfish, pork, veal, chicken, game birds or dishes with cream sauces.

So, from our food and wine menus, you might choose:

  • The Salmon Fillet with the Prosecco Blu ‘Millesimato’ Extra Dry Val D’oca from Veneto, Italy
  • The Shepherds Pie with the Pinot Noir Clearwater Cove from Marlborough, New Zealand
  • The Carbonara with the Prosecco Brut D.O.C Millesimato Casa Gheller from Veneto, Italy

What about wine with Thai food?

Thai cuisine is all about intricate harmony, so you are looking for tropical fruit flavours, with acidity and sweetness to cut the spice. If you’re sensitive to heat, a low ABV wine will ensure the fire doesn’t get too out of control.

So, we recommend from our food and wine menus:

  • Chicken Cashew Nut, Tom Kha Gai, Thai Fried Rice and Stir-Fried Mixed Vegetables, with Gris Blanc Rosé Gérard Bertrand from Pays d’Oc, France
  • Spaghetti Phad Key Mao Talay, Goong Manao, Moo Manao, Phad Thai Goong, Pla-Goong, Salmon Manao, Tom Yum Goong, Yum Talay, with Best Block Chardonnay Miles From Nowhere from Margaret River, Western Australia
  • Thai Green Curry, Panang Curry, Phad Kra Pow, Thai Beef Salad with Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC  Colle from Abruzzo, Italy; or, Tempranillo 100% Cinco de Copas from Toro, Spain

How about wine with pudding or dessert?

Absolutely! We’ve got your sweet tooth covered!

  • With any of our delicious desserts, such as Chocolate & Chili TartChocolate Lava Cake, English Apple Pie, Eton Mess Parfait, Mixed Berry & Almond Crumble, we suggest these perfect accompaniments:
  • Botrytis Semillon Cranswick Estate from Riverina, N.S.W., Australia; or, Prosecco Brut D.O.C Millesimato Casa Gheller from Veneto, Italy; or, Prosecco Blu ‘Millesimato’ Extra Dry Val D’oca also from Veneto; or, Cuvée de Réserve Brut Champagne D. Massin from Barséquanaise, Champagne, France.

Whatever you decide to eat or drink at The Londoner, you can be assured of our close attention and good service.

Enjoy!

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What You Need To Know About Ordering and Buying Wine in Thailand

 

 

 

These days, there is an abundant choice of wine in Thailand. Driven by a very large and buoyant tourism market (at least up until the last year) and increased awareness and consumption of wines by Thais, Thailand’s wine culture is growing.

 

Consumption of alcoholic beverages across Thailand is around 3.5 billion litres per year. Around 75 per cent of volume consumed is beer, followed by locally produced white spirits. Imported wines account for around 1.5 per cent of alcohol consumption – but between 10 per cent to 15 per cent value.

In general, Thais prefer strong, bold, punchy and heavier wines. The best-selling varieties are Shiraz and Shiraz blends. Imported wines come from France, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Chile, Spain, South Africa, and other countries.

 

Before any wines can be imported into Thailand, each individual wine label must be registered with the Excise Department of the Ministry of Finance in Thailand. Once the registration is complete, an import permit will be issued allowing that particular company to import the wine. Only a Thai company can register a wine and apply for an import permit.

New arrivals into Thailand are usually shocked by how much more expensive wine is in Thailand compared with their home country. It is typically sold in supermarkets and wine stores at a local equivalent retail price range of 300 baht (c. US$10) to 600 baht (c. US$20) – and upwards. When ordered in a restaurant these retail prices can be more than doubled.

 

This is almost entirely due to Thailand’s heavy and complex alcohol excise and tax regime. In addition to import tariffs, imported wines are subject to a whole range of other duties, fees and taxes:

  • Alcohol Excise tax: the rate is 1,500 baht per litre of alcoholic content for a wine bottle not exceeding 1,000 baht (retail). Wine priced higher than 1,000 baht (at retail) will be taxed at 10 per cent of its price plus 1,500 baht per litre of alcoholic content.
  • Surcharge / Special duty (US$ 10 per import lot)
  • Customs Fee US$ 50
  • Municipal / interior tax: 10 per cent
  • Health support project: 2 per cent, based on CIF/FOB value
  • Public broadcasting subsidy: 2 per cent
  • Elderly foundation tax: 1.5 per cent
  • Value added tax (VAT): 7 per cent, based on retail price.

This regime results in most imported wines being very heavily taxed. Australian, New Zealand and Chilean wines can often be cheaper because of free trade agreements which have allowed lower import taxes and tariffs on imports from these countries.

In addition, it is not always clear exactly what wine you are paying for. Even local residents find the wine labelling system confusing.

Bottles of genuine 100% grape wine feature a blue excise stamp on the cap.

 

Locally blended wines have an orange stamp.

 

Local blends are made from about half real wine and the other half fruit wine in order to reduce tax from, say, 60 % to 25 %. On the front label nothing is written in English to inform you about this. Only the word Fruit Wine on the label on the back of the bottle, written in small font-size. Legally the label must state the fruit with which the wine is blended, and this is usually written in Thai to conform to the law.

So, after you learn about this you will look carefully for the blue or orange stamp on the cap. If you want 100 % imported grape wine you will choose those bottles with blue stamps. If you want to restrict your budget, and it is acceptable to you that you will drink half grape wine, then you will pay around 300 Baht for an orange stamp.

For example, in the photo below, the label says that it is Cabernet Sauvignon from California. But the orange stamp tells us that it is a blend of this wine and other fruit. So on the back the label says that it is Red Fruit Wine.

 

However! Take a look at the photo below showing two bottles of blue-stamped wines. The one on the left is Jacob’s Creek Chardonnay. But what is the one on the right? A closer inspection reveals that it is some white wine from Australia with no mention of grape variety, although vintage 2012 is stated. From the back label we can see that this wine was blended with fruit wine made from passion fruit. It was imported from Vietnam.

 

So, when ordering or buying wine in Thailand, do take care to check exactly what it is you are paying for. If you cannot read Thai, ask a Thai person to explain that important back label for you.

Here at The Londoner, we have an excellent selection of top-class imported wines. If you are not sure what to choose, our knowledgeable manager can help you to decide.

You can even bring your own wine in to enjoy with your meal. We charge a very reasonable 500 baht corkage fee.

 

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The Londoner’s Next Boot Sale Will Be Extra Special!

 

 

 

Rain, rain, and yet more rain!

Stuck inside, wondering what to do with yourselves?

NOW would be a good time to do what you have been meaning to do for some time – sort out that cupboard, spare room, garage, or loft. And bring your unwanted stuff to:

THE LONDONER’S BOOT SALE ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25TH FROM 2 PM.

It’s a great way to get your friends together and have a fun afternoon whilst pocketing some cash. You can also meet people in your local community and enjoy pottering around under cover, listening to music, and chowing down on delicious grub from the Daniel Thaiger Food Truck.

You may even pick up a bargain or two yourself!

Email [email protected] to register today as a Seller at The Londoner’s next Car Boot Sale.

Free entry!

 

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The Londoner’s Spooktacular Halloween Party

 

 

Attention Boys and Ghouls

You Are Invited to The Londoner’s Spooktacular Halloween Party

Saturday October 31 – 12pm – 4pm

Costume Competition

2,500 baht Londoner voucher for best dressed adult

500 baht Toys”R”Us voucher for best dressed kid

Prizes for all kids in costumesFreaky Face Painting

Creepy Crafts

Terrifying Treats

Beastly BalloonsHalloween is an opportunity for you to be really creative.

So, wear your best costume and join us – if you dare, for a scare!

All COVID protocols will be followed.

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/341175200496067/

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Thailand’s First Ever Beer Advent Calendar!

 

 

Advent: “An event happening, an invention being made, or something arriving” – Cambridge Dictionary.

The Londoner Brew Pub has come up with a very special offer which comprises all of that:

Thailand’s First Ever Beer Advent Calendar!

24 different special Import Craft Beers.

 

 

The ultimate surprise gift for every beer lover!

He (or she) can open and enjoy each one on each day of the four weeks leading up to Christmas.

We have only 72 Beer Advent Calendars available this year:

  • 6,000 baht if ordered before November 7th.
  • 6,450 baht if ordered after November 7th.
  • Last order on November 22nd.
  • Pick up from The Londoner on 29th and 30th November.
  • Or, delivery can be arranged with The Londoner (at an extra cost).

♪ “Rejoice, the time is nigh!”

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