While Thailand may be best known for its tropical islands and Thai cuisine, the Kingdom is shaping up to be one of the hottest new wine destinations in Asia, with local vineyards and wine cellars offering an eclectic selection of New Latitude and Old World wines. Wine connoisseurs should add Bangkok to their bucket list, as the city sees wine-obsessed establishments popping up in the streets of buzzy neighbourhoods and luxury shopping malls — each of the newcomers forging its own identity.
One of them is Riedel Wine Bar & Cellar located in Gaysorn Village, an all-in-one venue licensed by Austrian glassmaker Riedel, comprised of a wine cellar boasting over 250 labels, a retail shop displaying Riedel’s crystal wine glasses, a wine tasting area, dining rooms, a bar and most remarkably, a one-of-a-kind WineEmotion wine dispenser. Given its strong offerings, from world-class wine glasses to a carefully curated selection of wines highlighting both rarity and variety, Riedel Wine Bar & Cellar goes beyond the wine and offers a holistic wine-drinking experience like no other.
Whether you’re looking to enjoy exclusive wines by the glass or eager to learn the science behind different wine glass shapes, Riedel Wine Bar & Cellar with its outstanding features.
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Wine connoisseur will be thrilled to learn that 40 fine wines are available by the glass via the WineEmotion, a state-of-the-art wine dispensing and preservation system designed to protect precious aromas and prevent oxidisation, alongside nine types of Riedel’s varietal-specific stemware. At a push of a button, wines, bubblies and sparklings can be enjoyed in three different portions — tasting, half-glass, and full-glass — poured correctly and at the perfect temperature, every single time. This is probably the only place in Bangkok where you get the chance to sample a Grand Cru wine without having to fork out for the whole bottle.
Conveniently located on the 2nd floor of Gaysorn Village, Riedel Wine Bar & Cellar is essentially a multifunctional space ideal for any occasion: the main dining area is furnished with luxuriously appointed cubicles with a long wooden table placed in the centre, working with the bar and wine dispenser to exude a spacious feel to the venue; the private dining room is perfect for an intimate group dinner, offering an exclusive alternative to casual dining; while the the terrace boasts a sophisticated ambience for those who’d prefer to sip wine with dazzling views of the Ratchaprasong district.
If wine and Jazz sounds like your kind of evening, head over to Riedel Wine Bar & Cellars on Thursday and Friday, where live music performance fill the house with beautiful sounds of Jazz from 8–10pm. Those who’d prefer house and chill-out music should visit the wine bar on Wednesday, where live DJ music is played — lively, but not so loud you can’t have a conversation.
The idea that different glass shapes can bring out completely different bouquets and finishes from the same wine may be new to even frequent wine drinkers, and there’s no better way to experience it than with the experts. Riedel Wine Bar & Cellar hosts workshops and masterclasses where guests get to learn about the intrinsic link between wine glass shapes and grape varieties from top sommeliers, as well as monthly wine appreciation events from food pairing how-to’s to Wine Talk, a wine tasting session guided by the winemaker of the associated label in a relaxed setting.
A revamped food menu by Executive Chef Patrick Martens, formerly of Zuma (in Bangkok, London and Hong Kong) means dining options here are more than just tapa-size dishes. Designed to be paired with different grape types, expect food items such as octopus carpaccio & tips to go with sparkling grapes, raw Hokkaido scallops to be enjoyed with white grapes and Iberico baby lamb chop with red grapes — the in-house sommeliers are ready to recommend the wine pairing, which of course comes with Riedel’s stemware that will coax out every delicate nuance of the given grape variety.
Riedel Wine Bar & Cellar, 2nd Floor, Gaysorn Village, Bangkok, +662 656 1133