Back home in the UK we are spoilt when it comes to the variety, price and availability of quality wines. It would be fair to say we probably have the best choice anywhere in the world. I have so often been disappointed to see the cost of wine in Thailand, for example, a half bottle of Jacob's Creek at seven eleven costs double what I could buy a full sized bottle for in a UK supermarket on promotion. For this reason, I have long considered wine in Thailand to be more of a rare treat because their import duty, as also apparent on European cars over there, appears to be completely unreasonable. It's also worth mentioning that I previously managed several specialist wine shops and passed the WSET Advanced Certificate with a distinction so I know what I'm talking about when it comes to drinks.
I was fortunate to be staying next door at Putahracsa and would otherwise have never known about Mondo Vino but was very glad I saw it when passing by. How nice it is in Thailand to enjoy decent wine by the glass and at a realistic price as there isn't a huge mark up on the retail cost. They had an appealing outdoor seating area with a clean, modern design and the interior was very nice. Although they only had a small choice of wines on the menu, the shop has a great selection inside to take away. It's rare to find such a variety in Thailand without looking at the massively overpriced menu of an international 5 star chain hotel's restaurant. If you are on holiday, it's worth remembering that most restaurants are happy for you to take your own wine and charge corkage, or you could always enjoy a bottle in your room? I bought a 2007 Peter Lehman Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon for just 620 baht and with plenty of bottle aging it was a delight.
Service was very friendly and they brought me free nibbles and cold water. I didn't try the food as I visited between meals but from the photos posted by other reviewers, the cheese and meat platters look like they would be great to share over a bottle. They also had a selection of reasonably priced pizzas. If I lived locally, I would certainly be purchasing mixed cases from them on a regular basis. The only negatives I could find would be the noise from the busy road if you sit outside during the daytime and the weak wi-fi signal but otherwise it was a very pleasant find. It's also only a 10 minute stroll from central Hua Hin and well worth seeking out.
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