At last I found a locally-produced wine, made right here by the good people in Vietnam!Â What?Â Wine made in the tropical climate of Vietnam?Â Here’s what wikipedia has to say:
The area was first cultivated forÂ viticultureÂ during theÂ French colonial ruleÂ of the region in the late 19th century. The region’sÂ tropical climateÂ was ill-suited for the type ofÂ Vitis viniferaÂ that the FrenchÂ colonistsÂ wereÂ used toÂ and the wine industry turned its attention toÂ fruit wineproduction. The late 20th century saw renewed focus on the development ofÂ Vitis viniferaÂ with the assistance ofÂ flying winemakersÂ from regions like Australia. In 1995, a joint venture withÂ Australian winemakersÂ started an aggressive planting scheme to reintroduce international grape varieties likeÂ Cabernet SauvignonÂ andÂ Chardonnayto land that was until recently littered withÂ landminesÂ left over from theÂ Vietnam War.
As I didn’t have a wine key of any kind along, I bought that barely-functional overly decorative souvenir de-corkifier, because I needed one and I’m a sucker for silly things to begin with.
So, what’s the wine like, Steve? Ok, I’m really a terrible wine taster as I can’t stop eating spicy food.Â In fact, I sometimes eat food so spicy that people next to me start sweating.Â So it’s no surprise that subtle flavors may escape me.Â I think I can detect a little bit of pear and apple, it’s really a perfectly fine uncomplicated light white wine.Â Not fabulous, but nothing wrong with it.
Google Translate of the wine description from their web site reads as follows:
With the complete fermentation technology from the bunch of Cardinal grape varieties to ripen to create notes of notes of grapefruit and lemon.Â Sour taste in harmony with the light aroma of balance.Â Dalat White Wine – Classic is the perfect choice for enjoying dishes made from seafood, poultry or salad.
These guys are a bit more judgemental, though they were drinking the red (which I haven’t seen yet) and it had to travel in a suitcase to NYC.
Later that night I was relaxing in something like a Vietnamese sports bar, a simple place with cheap food, copious amounts of cheap beer, big TV screens and good people watching.Â In another collision with our Western society, the Strongbow Cider brand ambassador girls came by.