Wine Bars for Every Mood
It began with craft-beer pubs, which were followed by whiskey bars and creative cocktail lounges. Now wine bars have entered the local scene.
Puerto Rico’s love affair with wine is nothing new; what is a recent development is the variety and number of businesses specializing in wine with a large and varied selection. There is a wine bar for every taste and budget, and they are not limited to the San Juan metro area. Here are a few spots to start off with:
La Boutique du Vin
Old San Juan
The new location of La Boutique du Vin in Plaza de Armas, Old San Juan, is a meeting point of old and new, both in the architecture and decoration of the space and the wine selection. While La Boutique du Vin in Hato Rey is really a shop with small tasting area, the new location fully intends to be a wine bar as such. With about 300 labels to choose from, the staff can send over any wine from the Hato Rey store if a customer requests it. The food selection includes cold appetizers and gourmet products. Downstairs is a cellar space called La Cava, which is available for private parties.
True to its name, Cien Vinos has an extensive wine menu dominated by Spanish wines and supplemented with French, Italian and American wines. Each month, they offer by-the-glass wines of different varieties, regions and prices. They also have an excellent food menu of both hot and cold Spanish tapas and entrees.
Tinto is a “neighborhood spot” where residents and visitors to Aguadilla can buy, taste and learn about wine. While only 125 different wines are available, they still manage to have a unique and varied selection that is perfect for the adventurous palate. They offer six different wines by the glass; those who want to taste several can order a “tasting” of six or a “flight” of three. They also serve gourmet tapas and craft beers.
Bodega Andreu Solé
Located in the Ensenada neighborhood of Guánica, Bodega Andreu Solé is a hidden gem only open from Friday to Sunday. On Sundays, they offer guided tours of the vineyard and the winery where they produce their fortified wine, 12 Calles. Their wine list is accessible and they also offer different types of sangria and fruit liqueur made right there at the bodega. To get the best table, you have to make a reservation.
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