– Spreading wine appreciation one sip at a time –
Victor Gomez opened Sip with a goal of bringing affordable wine to Thailand. He is especially interested in reaching the twenty-to-thirty crowd and exposing them to new tastes from different wine-producing countries. In his opinion wine is still perceived as being an elitist beverage in Thailand, and his hope is that Sip, with its wine at reasonable prices, will help change that by providing an alternative to the Kingdom’s entrenched whiskey culture.
Sip has an inventory of 140 different wines representing many countries. Twenty wines are priced at B99 and another twenty are priced at B149 per glass. This pricing scheme allows customers to taste a number of different wines without racking up a huge bill.
Gomez developed interest in wine during his nine years of education in the important U.S. winegrowing states of California and Oregon. He works during the day in the logistics sector and describes Sip as his “hobby.” Sip has now been in operation 17 months and may well be on its way to becoming a fixture on Ekamai.
Sip has two floors. The lower floor can accommodate 32, while the upper floor is for the smaller groups such as wine clubs and corporate groups that often reserve the room. A recent visit showed that older Thais, as well, are discovering the unique flavours that wine has to offer.
As for food, Gomez opened Sip with the intention of only serving cheese and cured meat platters but soon realised that this was not enough and now offers pasta dishes such as lasagna. Every four to six weeks a wine buffet is also offered featuring seven wines.
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WHERE Sip Wine Bar & Tasting, 33/32 Sukhumvit Soi Ekamai (Soi 63) | BTS Ekkamai | 02-714-2223 | www.sipwinebar.com | Tuesday – Sunday 5pm – midnight
By David Swartzentruber
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