Second only to tasting good, when it comes to wine, it’s all about ambiance. San Miguel de Allende’s vineyards (link) are breathtaking day trips, but if you don’t have an entire day, there are a bevy of choices in town for enjoying a good glass and contemplating the finer things in life. Here are a few of our favorites.
The Luna Rooftop Bar sits atop the gorgeous Rosewood San Miguel hotel overlooking the Instituto Allende. Luna’s glass and steel architecture protects you from that high desert wind without cutting off your view of the burnt-orange San Miguel sunsets. They have a long list of Mexican wines to try – mostly from Baja California, but with a few choices from Coahuila and even some from as close as Queretaro (including Pretexto from Vinos Aztecas and Cuatro Regiones from Freixenet México).
For a wilder, more urban crowd head to the rooftop Mui bar at Hotel Matilda, where you can rub shoulders with the young and famous and listen to local DJs spin records into the wee hours. They offered a limited, but very select and ever-changing group of Mexican wines that are chosen as pairings for the menu of Moxi – the hotel’s star-studded restaurant. If you want to mix it up try the Cardenal Dijon cocktail – OJ, Agave honey, Cassis and red wine.
For other incredible vistas of San Miguel de Allende, Vinos + Tapas on Insurgentes has a full menu of delicious small plates and wine choices, with an intimate space on the ground floor and a lovely rooftop terrace. Cent’anni, an Italian restaurant with roots in Mexico City, sits right next to the Las Monjas church and has a hefty wine list that includes varietals from all over the world.
The rooftop bar Vorhal only offers Santa Cecilia and Reservado brand Mexican wines BUT they will open any bottle (they charge a corking fee) that might spark your interest in the wine and liquor store Cavalico underneath them (the two businesses are connected but have different owners). They offer a charcuterie tray to boot.
If you want romance and intimacy, slip in to Envinarte, a small wine bar off the central patio of the historic boutique hotel El Meson. If you ask nicely you can sit under the stars next to the hotel’s exquisite stone swimming pool and soak up the moonlight. They have a long list of both Mexican and international brands.
To get ahead of the curve, stop by Bovine, the newest brainchild of Chef Paul Bentley and Bruce James of Hotel Matilda fame. Already a who’s who kind of crowd, Bovine not only wants to be your choice for a good steak but also for a good glass of wine. They will start hosting bi-monthly wine tastings at their location this April.
Capricho is set to open in March 2018 in the former Carnevino store on the Ancha de San Antonio. The draw here is Latin American and International wines that are hard to get your hands on elsewhere. They will host tastings and pairings, and have a few bottles of everything they offer on hand for purchase.