Top 10 Wine, Beer and Spirits “Bodegas” in Puerto Rico

Top 10 - Wine, Beer and Spirits “Bodegas”, Puerto Rico

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In Puerto Rico, a “Bodega” is a wine, beer and spirits shop, a difference of a typical Spanish-speaking neighborhood in the US (small grocery stores).

In the Caribbean of 1494 the eternal companion of food – wine- was cultivated modestly on the island of La Hispaniola, by order of Admiral Diego de Colón, governor of the region and firstborn of the conquistador Christopher Columbus. This agricultural project, as well as the possibilities of the birth of the first New World wine, vanished as soon as Columbus returned to his native land, but attempts to harvest grapes worthy of wine were more successfully forged at the beginning of the sixteenth century, when the famous Hernán Cortés took the “vid” to Mexico and from there the propagation to the rest of continent.

Although in Puerto Rico, due to climate and topographic conditions, high quality wines are not produced, some of the import companies of the food and beverages sector bring world-class products, often at affordable prices. In many cases, these companies offer courses to learn about the different techniques of winemaking, study the countries with the highest production, the regions of greatest importance, and the ABC of how to combine wine and food.

The term “spirits” can refer to a lot of things, but what are alcoholic spirits, exactly? Basically they’re the biggest, brawniest older brother of the alcohol family. Of course, the term spirit doesn’t refer to everything you see in a liquor store besides wine and beer. The two leaders in terms of Puerto Rican spirits are Bacardí & Serrallés, both rums of spectacular quality.

The beers of the Caribbean & Puerto Rico are unique to each island, although many are variants of the same style. Each island generally brews its own unique pale lager, the occasional stout, and often a non-alcoholic malta beverage. Contract brewing of international beers is also common. The beers vary between the islands to suit the taste and the brewing method used. Micro- and nano-breweries are gaining popularity in the island.

As Alexander Fleming would say “although penicillin does good to men, wine make them happy”. Salud!

Top 10 Wine, Beer and Spirits “Bodegas” in Puerto Rico

Vinissimo Wine Bar & Bistro

The concept of the restaurant is to serve small plates or "tapas" to share. The food is great and they have a variety of offerings, from octopus, cheese, meats, mofongo, and many more spanish/criollo fusion food. They have a great selection…
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Cien Vinos

The story of 100 Vinos began on September 15, 2008, commemorating the 100 years of the distributor Quintana Hermanos and its work in Puerto Rico in the distribution of wines and gourmet products sector. Their gastronomy offer is aimed in a…
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Boutique du Vin

La Boutique Du Vin was one of the first wine shops founded in Puerto Rico, and since then its mission of providing variety, quality and service, has always been kept. La Boutique Du Vin also seeks to provide a unique experience, where the…
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El Hórreo de V. Suárez

El Hórreo de V. Suárez is a specialty retail store where you can have first-hand access to the thousands of wines that V. Suárez & Co. distributes in Puerto Rico. Along with wine, El Hórreo also has beer, spirits and exquisite items…
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La Bodega de Méndez

La Bodega de Méndez were the first ones when the concept of selling wines and other liquors individually did not exist in Puerto Rico. In its beginnings, La Bodega was in charge of making baskets of wines and liquors to be sold at retail…
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El Almacen del Vino (The Wine Warehouse)

El Almacen has more than 12,000 bottles of wines from around the world. It also has gourmet products. The intention of El Almacen is to educate and inform all guests about activities, tastings and special wine launches. El Almacen, part of…
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The House Wine, Beer & More

In The House you can discover the greatest variety of wines, craft beers and liquors, in one place. All customers are helped by the knowledge of the house sommelier and the team. Website: https://www.thehousepr.com/ Email:…
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The Winery Outlet

"A glass of wine at the right time is worth more than all the money on earth", - Gustav Mahler. All wines are works of art in a bottle and are carefully selected from wineries with high craftsmanship care with stories and experiences of…
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La Cava de Serrallés

La Cava de Serrallés, is an exquisite space to fraternize and experience the enjoyment that only a good wine can give. Both, general public and wine connoisseurs can enjoy seminars and tastings, as well as purchase wines and liquors of…
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La Enoteca

Established in 2004, La Enoteca offers a wide portfolio of the most recognized wines and spirits in the market. Names such as Dom Perignon, Moet & Chandon and Marqués de Riscal are a small sample of La Enoteca’s exquisite inventory. As…
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