Misha’s team continues SE Asia tour into Vietnam
We headed to Ho Chi Minh for the 2nd leg of our South East Asia tour and got right into the swing of things with Andy and Olly ordering some local noodles in the Ben Thanh market which was very close to our hotel in District 1 of the city. Ho Chi Minh is a city of motor scooters – and it really is the fastest way to get around town as Olly proved riding through the manic traffic with one of the Fine Wines team to our dinner on the first night in HCMC! Our new distributor in Vietnam is Fine Wines part of Indochina Dragon Importing Company, and General Manager Mr Son, has put together a fabulous team there including Audrey and Anny. As the distributor for Riedel glassware and Vintec wine fridges, they’re in the perfect position to ensure the restaurants and hotels they supply have the right glasses and keep the wines at the correct temperature – very important in a an emerging wine market like Vietnam.
We were able to get acquainted with the Fine Wines team as they generously hosted us for a dinner on the first night there at a wonderful restaurant called TIB where we drank some excellent Errazuriz wines from Chile that Fine Wines also distribute in Vietnam.The next day we headed out to some key accounts including Yacht which has an impressive wine cabinet (courtesy of Fine Wines) which was stocked with Misha’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, of course! We then went to M Saigon hotel and checked they were fully stocked with our wines too! For lunch it was a real treat to go to Maxim – certainly one of the icon restaurants of Ho Chi Minh and it was even more exciting to see our Pinot Noir gracing each table in lovely Vietnamese lacquer-ware bottle holders.
On the second evening we held a tasting event at Xu Restaurant & Bar http://www.xusaigon.com/ It was a very trendy place to have our official Vietnamese launch and it’s even more exciting that we now have two wines on the list of this very international restaurant. Thanks Bien for your support of Misha’s Vineyard and for the stunning food that accompanied our wines at the event. It was also great to have Graham Sims – NZ Trade Commissioner – join us for the launch.
Fine Wines are just about to move to a new retail store just one block from the Park Hyatt Hotel in one of the most prestigious areas of Ho Chi Minh and they are also moving to bigger and larger offices as the company expands. We are so lucky to have found a wonderful partner in this fabulous and emerging wine market in South East Asia.