Home today: Pranburi, Hua Hin.
Education: Bachelor degree in nursing.
Past work: Nurse, Technician for Enhanced External Counter Pulsation(EECP), Cardiac Rehabilitation, General Manager at Arun Residence hotel Bangkok, Jewelry designer.
When did you first become interested in wine?
I was invited as a guest to a Stonefish wine dinner at Anantara Hotel in Hua Hin four years ago and fell in love with wine then and ever since.
Did anybody influence you?
The wine maker from Stonefish spoke with so much passion about wine that he made me want to know more.
Before wine, what was your favorite drink?
Shiraz from Australia is a beautiful grape variety, particularly from Barossa valley. My favorite is Concerto shiraz, a full bodied wine with spice and pepper, with a soft finish.
Have you ever taken a wine class?
Yes, this year at Anantara Hotel by Foundation of Australian wine Master class.
Any overseas wine journeys?
Yes, to Italy, France, Hong Kong and Australia.
Do you recommend your customers to visit Hua Hin’s wineries?
Yes, the wineries are beautiful with nice scenery. Please don’t forget to try a stylish Rose wine. Twenty years ago, very few Thai people drank wine.
What changed that?
I think the influx of visitors to Thailand have influenced Thai people in trying wine. Also, in my view, more Asian people in general are trying wine instead of spirits and beer.
What wines does your bar stock?
We try to provide customers with a good selection of different styles of wine from various countries. We don’t carry wines that are sold in supermarkets; we prefer to promote boutique wine.
From reasonable to expensive. By bottle or by glass.
Do you serve food?
Yes we have good quality cold cuts and cheeses.
It seats 25 people.
Who drinks more-Thai men or Thai women?
I have noticed that more women know how to enjoy life now. In the past, Thai people had little knowledge of wine. Today, because of western influences, they are far more knowledgeable.
It was the case for many years but I am starting to see a change with people drinking what they want and not by the food they are eating.
What wine should be ordered with Thai food?
Thai cuisine is the hardest to pair with wine, but I find the best varietal to pair with Thai dishes is Gewurztraminer.
Do you drink every day?
How do you rate Thai wine?
What do you think about fruit wine?
What’s the future of the wine market in Thailand?
It’s very promising with the younger generation preferring wine to other beverages.
How do you stay in shape?
I don’t, but I love Thai boxing and non-stop work helps.
Any beauty tips?
Wine and the beach.
You’re often on Facebook, right?
Once or twice a week. My FB ‘friends’ are split equally between men and women. And they all respect who I am when referring to my FB photos.
Overall which country produces the best wine?
Each country produces good wine but my favorite is either Australia or Italy.
Any more Cheers outlets planned?
I hope so.
Anything else you’d like to tell us about wine?
Wine is a personal taste. It’s not about price - it’s about liking the wine you choose. One small point: I am very critical about the temperature wine is served. That’s very important.