Malaysia might be a Muslim nation but rest assured you will find fine wine here too. The country is forward thinking enough to respect the beliefs of all individuals, including those who like to sip wine.
There are numerous wine bars, wine focused dining establishments and specialty shops throughout the capital Kuala Lumpur (KL).
A chic spot for live jazz music and great wine.
Numerous locations in KL.
Chef Takashi Kimura cooks creative Japanese and Malaysian food with a well crafted wine list.
MiCasa All Suite Hotel, 368-B, Jalan Tun Razak, Tel: +603 2179 8082
Picture 2: Checking a wine for clarity and body. Pic: Joanne Lane.
Another casual food and wine venue with a Japanese influenced menu and regular jazz performances.
Lot 2.05, Level 2, Menara Hap Seng, Jalan P.Ramlee, Tel. +603 2078 9908
Here the finer sides of cuisine and wine are perfectly paired to please even the most demanding wine lover. They also offer exclusives not found at other venues at good prices.
The Gardens Residences Level 6, The Gardens, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Tel. 603 2268 1328.
Giovino has fine wine and a deli. Changkat Bukit Bintang, Tel. 0321 41 1131.
Wine Cellar, in suburban Bangsar, offers over 500 labels. Tel. 03 2093 1919.
Wine2u, an online sales outlet. Tel. 1800 222 180.
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Having grown up in Northwest Florida and Wyoming, then pursing an MS in Social Science Education, C. Lawrence's road to wine hasn't been as direct as some. However, in 2006 he decided to pursue his passion, thus embarking on his own, continuing journey of vinous discovery. Since then, Charles has attained WSET certification, operated Vendimia Wine Bar in Hakuba Japan, worked as a wine consultant for hotels/restaurants in Japan and Thailand, spent a harvest in California's Russian River Valley at Porter Creek Vineyards, and is now enrolled in the Bordeaux Ecole du Management Wine MBA. After nearly 12 years in Japan, Charles is off to Bangkok where he will be working with wine. He blogs on www.asiancorrespondent.com