Wine Lovers’ Annual Best of the Best – Top 10 Wines from our Travels in 2019
Selecting the top wines from our wine travels and tastings every year is not an easy task. We visit many top rated wineries and taste many of their best wines. On a busy day with tastings at lunch and/or diner, we might taste as many as 30 wines and with multiple tours in 2019, that’s hundreds of wines in a year. But even though it’s challenging, someone has to do it. And besides, it’s a fun exercise and whenever possible we try to single out a few highlights for our readers.
In that light, we’ve complied our annual Top 10 Wines list selected from the best all of our tastings, travels and Best of Wine lists in the previous year for you to seek out and try in the coming year. Its a tough job 🙂 after having tasted hundreds of wines from all of all our tours to Italy, France, and Greece – it wasn’t exactly easy picking only 10 for our Best of 2019 Wine list for the year…but it was certainly fun to reminise.
Top 10 Wines of 2019 ( and 10 Great Wines to Try in 2020):
In that light, we’ve complied our annual Top 10 Wines list – selecting dome of the best from our tastings, travels and Best of lists compiled in previous year for you to seek out and try in the coming year. By coincidence, it’s equally balanced with 5 whites and 5 reds. So here they are…the top 10 wines from all of our 2019 tours:
- Adega Algueira Serradelo 2015, made from the Brancellao grape, like a Pinot Noir, dark berry aromas, soft tannins, potential to overshadow Mencia
- Caravaglio Malvasia di Lipari Passito 2018, as unctuous and delicious dessert wine as you will find anywhere
- Soalheiro Granit 2018, made from Alvarinho, it’s lean, muscular, with mineral aromas and taste, a great food wine
- Luis Pato Cercial Parcela Candida 2015- anything Luis Pato does is spectacular
- Susana Esteban Aventura 2016, a blend mainly of Touriga Nacional and Aragonez
- Coto de Gomariz The Flower and the Bee 2018, from the Treixadura, which is one of the great indigenous grape discoveries on any of our tours
- Guimaró Finca Meixeman 2017, from Mencia, Raul Perez is the consultant and that should say it all
- Albamar Pepe Luis 2017, a small Rias Baixas producer, made from grapes grown on beach sand, a marvelous wine if you can find it
- Casal Sta Maria Ramisco 2009, one of the rarest wines in the world, the Ramisco was salvaged from extinction by just a few Colares wineries
- Graci Sopra Il Pozzo 2015- Graci was my favorite visit on our Sicily tour and one of the best examples of what the Etna area can produce
Rating notes / How we come up with this list: This isnt exactly a formal science or a fancy rating system. We often gather feedback from our wine tour alumni or conduct blind tastings during a tour and merge these with our own findings. These are either ones that really stood out or were favorites that we tasted in 2019 and which our reader may like to try in 2020. It is important to note, that we tasted a lot of great wines in 2019, and this list represents only 10 of our favorites. As such, we invite you to check out all of our daily tour diaries from 2019, for recommendations and comments on other great wines, wineries, restaurants, recipes, stories, things to do and more.
Previous Wine Tour “Best of” Lists Which You May Find of Interest:
We visited a lot of great wineries and tasted a ton of wines over the years. Picking a Top 10 for 2019 was certainly hard and more importantly, it simply does not do the all of the regions and wineries we visited justice, so we’re also providing links to some of our previous “Best of” Wine and Wineries Lists from previous tours each with great wines to try and wineries worthy of a visit.
- Top 10 Wines from Sicily
- Top 10 Wines of the Loire Valley
- Top 5 Wineries to Visit in the Loire Valley
- Top 10 Wines of Greece
- Top 10 Wineries to Visit in Greece
- Top 5 Wines of Puglia and Calabria
- Top 10 Wineries to Visit in Puglia & Calabria
- Top 10 Tuscan Wines – some of the Best Wines from Tuscany
- Top 5 Best Wineries to Visit in Tuscany
- Top 5 Wines from “Champagne vs England Sparkling”
- Top 5 Wineries to Visit from our “Champagne vs English Sparkling” tour
- Our Annual Top 10 / Best of Wine Picks from 2018