Bangkok, Thailand, February 1, 2024 / TRAVELINDEX / Jim Thompson, the iconic global lifestyle brand from Asia, in collaboration with GranMonte, is proud to announce the launch of an exclusive wine collection, marking a significant move in the gastronomy realm for the lifestyle brand. This collaboration brings together the culinary craftsmanship of Jim Thompson with the viticulture expertise of GranMonte, a family-owned vineyard and winery in Thailand’s Khao Yai region, a testament to both brands’ commitment to excellence and innovation.
The Jim Thompson X GranMonte Collection features two distinct wines: the Jim Thompson X GranMonte Syrah and the Jim Thompson X GranMonte Verdelho. The bold red Syrah encapsulates ripe raspberry and blackcurrant flavors with a vanilla oak finish. The crisp white Verdelho offers an aromatic bouquet of gooseberry and passion fruit with a flinty undertone.
This first wine collection from Jim Thompson stands out with its unique label design – stylized patterns in red and earth tones for the red wine and blue with earth tones for the white, inspired by Thai silk motifs. The label draws from Jim Thompson’s “The Icon of Siam” scarf, capturing the majestic Chao Phraya River and the spirit of Siam while highlighting Thailand’s iconic landmarks and cultural beauty. The neck of the wine bottles is further embellished with decorative trims sourced from Jim Thompson Home Furnishings. Specially crafted 100% silk wine bags at Jim Thompson’s factory in Nakhon Ratchasima province turn the bottles into perfect gifts: a gold bag for red wine and a blue bag for white.
GranMonte Vineyard and Winery is spearheaded by Visootha ‘Nikki’ Lohitnavy, Thailand’s first qualified oenologist. Dedicated to sustainable practices and employing cutting-edge techniques adapted to the unique terroir of Khao Yai, GranMonte crafts internationally acclaimed wines exclusively from locally grown grapes. Situated in the Asoke Valley at an elevation of 350 meters near the UNESCO-listed Khao Yai National Park, the 40-acre vineyard has earned the title of “Best National Producer – Thailand” by AWC Vienna multiple times. Its wines carry the Khao Yai Wine Geographical Indication, ensuring their origin and quality.
States Joan Tana Dot, Food and Beverage Director of Jim Thompson, “This partnership represents a natural evolution of Jim Thompson’s offerings, broadening our range to include premium wines that enrich our customers’ experience. With these exclusive vintages, available at Jim Thompson, A Thai Restaurant, we’re not just offering a meal but a curated dining journey that pays homage to the heritage of Jim Thompson and the GranMonte. This collaboration not only underscores Jim Thompson’s position as a lifestyle brand, showcasing Thai excellence, but also reflect our commitment to supporting local Thai brands and communities.”
At Jim Thompson, A Thai Restaurant, Executive Chef Pepe Dasí Jiménez has crafted a selection of dishes that harmonize perfectly with the Jim Thompson X GranMonte wines. Guests can enjoy the special menu pairs 2021 Jim Thompson x GranMonte Verdelho with Sourdough toast with grilled local eggplant and tomato relish, Miang Kham Iberico and a unique Deep-Fried Lotus Root creation served with salted egg sauce. The Grilled Inky Striploin Wagyu main course menu is perfectly paired with 2021 Jim Thompson x GranMonte Syrah.
Suvisooth ‘Mimi’ Lohitnavy, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at GranMonte, highlights, “This partnership with Jim Thompson signifies a fusion of tradition and innovation, as we bring the essence of our vineyard to a wider audience through Jim Thompson. Our collective efforts have culminated in a special wine collection and label that embodies the rich terroir of our estate and the intricate beauty of Thai silk. We are thrilled to offer connoisseurs a taste that encapsulates the spirit of Thailand’s craftsmanship and GranMonte’s wine making excellence”
The Jim Thompson x GranMonte wine collection is a celebration of Thai culture and craftsmanship, available exclusively at Jim Thompson, A Thai Restaurant. For reservations and more information, please contact: 02-612-3601.
About Jim Thompson
No brand spells heritage like Jim Thompson, the Thai Silk Company founded in 1951 by James H.W. Thompson, an architect, art collector, socialite, and entrepreneur who is recognized as the driving force behind the revival of Thailand’s silk industry. Jim Thompson’s disappearance remains one of Southeast Asia’s most intriguing unsolved mysteries. Today, Jim Thompson is the iconic global lifestyle brand from Thailand with a reputation for beautiful silks and “Beyond Silk”.