Saturday, January 19, 2008

Vine, Kabinett and a couple of bargains.

We had a day out and about yesterday which, as always, revolved around wine. We were in the Myeongdong area so were able to hit up a couple of wine shops in a short space of time. Shinsegae department store has a wonderful fine wine area that I had somehow missed in the past. Slightly shambolic and disorganised but with some real cracking bottles well out of my price range.

On to Lotte department store who appear to have put a call centre at the back of the shop. Whilst it bodes well for their business clients I am not sure if the walk through customers are benefiting. It was something of a battle to get near the sale items at the back of the shop, especially as they appear to employ 2 staff for every potential customer. It's a shame because every time I go there I seem to find some pretty good bargains. The Adobe Cabernet Sauvignon pictured above being one. 10,000w for an organically produced wine from a decent Chilean producer. I haven't tasted it yet but I know that in past vintages it was a wine that has punched well above its price point. I also picked up a bottle of South African Cab Sauv, again 10,000w, so I could do a comparison. You can't beat a good comparison.

I find shopping pretty knackering so we had a rest at the Vine wine bar in the Lotte hotel. It is a nice enough little hotel wine bar with pretty unappealing prices. I had a decent Barossa Shiraz at an indecent 24,000w, standard measure. Slightly better value was the Moet at 19,000w though unfortunately it was a little tired. You do get a nice selection of nuts though.

Then it was on to Itaewon to check out Kabinett. It has been reviewed endlessly recently and I won't add to those reviews just yet. I will say that it is a nice enough space, though it did feel like something was missing and that the wines by the glass were a little disappointing. The Groot Constantia Merlot is pretty good though and at a Happy Hour(6-8) price of about 8000w certainly much more palatable than the Vine prices.

The ever useful SeoulSteves have their wine of the month offer on the South African wines this month. Check it out.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I totally agree. Kabbinett needs to sell wines that are not exclusively distributed through Pieroth wines. The wines by the glass are a good bargain and so are wines by the case (or half case).