We have noticed in our wine tastings in Puerto Vallarta that red wines are a unanimity in this town!
80% of our clients are really into reds, and even the remaining 20% who prefer white, sparkling or rosés, usually won’t object to a nice red. However, each occasion requires a different wine – some days we want something simple and easy-drinking, other days we might want something extra nice to celebrate a special occasion.
With that in mind, here’s our take on red wines for most (if not every) occasion, all available on our shop with FREE home delivery in Puerto Vallarta on orders above $1,300 pesos.
The Crowd Pleasers
They are above your average everyday red in complexity and flavor but still very drinkable. Also – super budget friendly.
Do you have an Oscar party coming up? Or a boat day in which you don’t know everyone who is going? Make these three wines your go-to!
After all, in those type of events, you want easy-drinking wines that can appeal to many people with different tastes, while still making you look good.
- Solaguen Tempranillo Crianza (Spain) – 100% Tempranillo, this is your classic young Rioja at an amazing value.
- Distinto Tempranillo & Merlot (Mexico) – 66% Tempranillo and 34% Merlot, this medium body red with balanced acidity and spicy notes and aroma is a big hit on our wine tastings.
- L’Avvocatta Barbera d’Asti (Italy) – Barbera d’Asti is the “everyday” wine of the people from Piedmont, Italy. Super drinkable and a perfect pairing for tomato sauce dishes, including good pizza!
A Special Red for a Special Dinner
These wines are amazing, unique, powerful and a dinner conversation topic on their own. They are a total splurge, but totally worth it.
Also: few experiences bring more happiness than sharing a special bottle of wine with someone you love. And with Valentine’s day coming up, what could be better?
Here are our suggestions:
- Corte Pavone Brunello di Montalcino 2009 (Italy) – Tuscany is the most romantic, decadent and opulent of all wine regions in the world, and Brunello di Montalcino is Tuscany’s finest. 100% Sangiovese grapes, grown observing the principles of biodynamic viticulture, aged for two years in barrel and another three years in bottle before it was released for sale. If you’ve tried an aged Brunello before, you know what we are talking about 😉
- Cantine Coppo Alterego Monferrato IGT 2009 (Italy) – Another amazing Italian wine! This 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Barbera is from Piedmont. If you’re familiar with the “Super Tuscans,” this is the exact same concept. They blend Bordeaux grapes with native Italian grapes – in this case, Cabernet Sauvignon and Barbera. The result is a full-bodied and balanced wine, with intense and fine mouth flavors of wild berries, plum, dark chocolate and black pepper. It’s dry, tannic and tasty with a lasting finish.
If You’re Looking for Something New
We love looking for new grapes to add to our cellar and daily drinking – you get all the excitement of discovering a wine with a completely new flavor profile and learning about a new region.
If you have joined our “Exotic Wine Grapes from Up-and-Coming Regions” wine tasting you know that there are about 1400 different wine grapes, but 80% of the wine we consume is made with only 20 of them.
If you’re an adventurer drinker like us looking to change those stats, consider these two wines for your next purchase.
- Foradori Teroldego Rotaliano 2011 (Italy) – Elisabetta Foradori, one of the top female winemakers in the world, is a personal hero for us. She makes elegant authentic, true-to-territory organic wines, which gives this wine the Triple-A Certification “Farm Workers, Artisans, and Artists” (Agricoltori, Artigiani e Artisti). This wine is made with 100% Teroldego grapes from the Foradori’s estate. Red fruit aroma with some flowers integrated, sexy and supple, this wine will charm your palate with its freshness and elegance.
- Clos Corriol Negre Priorat (Spain) – The Priorat D.O.Q, located in Cataluñia, has become the darling winemaking region for top winemakers from around the world, and it’s considered by many to be the one region bringing Spanish wines into the 21st century with a modern approach to winemaking. This red is made mostly with Garnacha, and a touch of Cab Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot. It gives you a surprising mix of minerals, floral and fruit notes – a completely unique experience!
Everyday (more affordable) Red Wines
More affordable wines are less complex and usually have a lighter body than other wines, but they should still show a balance of all the elements that make a good wine – acidity, tannins, aroma and finish.
Our motto is “Life is too short for bad wine” and we assume that you live by that too. With that said, even when looking for something affordable, we should not compromise quality.
With that said, here are some great everyday drinking options:
- Montebuena Tempranillo (Spain) – a lovely Tempranillo from Rioja. It shows delicate floral notes with blackberries, hints of graphite and a touch of dried herbs on the nose compliments the well-defined tannins and pleasant finish.
ps: Montebuena Tempranillo is the house wine at Gernika Pintxos, a Spanish Wine & Pintxos Bar right across the street from Archie’s Wok in Olas Altas. You can enjoy it there by the bottle or glass, paired with delicious and authentic Basque pintxos!
- Estación de Oficios Incognito (Mexico) – A Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Grenache blend, Incognito is one of the most popular “house wines” all over Mexico. Fruit-forward, medium body and super aromatic, it won’t disappoint!
- Equilibrio Monastrell & Syrah (Spain) – a 80% Monastrell and 20% Syrah blend from Jumilla, this is a friendly red wine with high acidity and berry notes. It reminds us of a young, warm climate Pinot Noir!
We hope you enjoyed the read and discover new wines! You can visit our full red wine list below, or browse our upcoming wine tasting schedule.