My wife and I have just spent the last couple of years living in Cape Town, with part of that in Stellenbosch. Apart from the great lifestyle that this entailed (which I’m also going to miss) we got a little bit spoilt with the great selection of ridiculously cheap wine.
I’ve been trying to find out about finding some decent (cheap) wine in Korea, and it seems like we are in for one hell of a disappointment. Nederburg seems to go for W17,000 (R120) and Two Oceans for W13,000 (R90) at Emart (thanks Marie for the info!). The cheapest I’ve heard of so far is a W10,000 (R70) bottle of Nederburg Chardonnay, which was on special at Lotte sometime last year. How depressing. I’ve gotten used to getting away with less than R30 for a half-way decent bottle of wine! According to this article from the Korea Times there are now more than 20 importers of South African wine into Korea. I’m hoping the range available is going to grow beyond Nederburg and Two Oceans. Not that I’m an expert, but I do like variety! In the meantime I’m keeping my eye on the wine korea blog. Every now and again he reviews a South African wine he has discovered in Korea. Excellent resource!
In the meantime I’m debating the benefits of taking a couple of bottles with me. Hmmm…which is more important? Two bottles of wine or warm clothes….