Best dry red wines, by Terry Pomerantz

Terry Pomerantz dives into the wonderful universe of dry red wines.

What is a dry wine?

What we generally consider to be a dry wine contains less than 4 g of sugar per liter. As a general rule, French red wines are dry wines. Italy and the United States also produce dry red wines (grape varieties), many of which are among Terry Pomerantz’ favorites.

With a deep red color, dry red wines have tannic flavors and complex aromas. Among the different types of dry red wines (the grape varieties) that are most used to produce dry red wines, let’s mention:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Pinot noir
  • Merlot
  • Syrah
  • Sangiovese
  • Mourdèvre.

Terry’s top 10 dry red wines

Terry offers this selection of 10 dry red wines. “I have selected wines that can be enjoyed on a special occasion. They are not the most affordable, but they are all under $ 100. If you like wine and can afford to splurge a little, don’t hesitate to get your hands on one of these great bottles!”

“I also want to remind you never to cool a wine bottle in the freezer, given that you could forget it! However, you can freeze any leftover dry red wine without a problem.”


  1. Moulin de Duhart Pauillac 2015

Region: Bordeaux

Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (40%)

  1. Rouget Pomerol 2015

Region: Bordeaux

Grape Varieties: Merlot (85%), Cabernet Franc (15%)

  1. Maison Roche de Bellene Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles vignes 2019

Region: Burgundy

Grape Variety: Pinot Noir (100%)

United States

  1. L’Aventure Optimus 2020

Region: California, Central Coast

Grape Variety: Syrah (58%), Cabernet Sauvignon (31%), Merlot (25%), Petit Verdot (11%)

  1. Robert Mondavi Oakville 2019

Region: California, North Coast

Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon (96%), Cabernet Franc (4%)

  1. Francis Ford Coppola Director’s Cut Alexander Valley 2020

Region: California

Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon (100%)

  1. Edaphos Ossum Epiphinea Mendocino

Region: California

Grape Varieties: Marsanne (25%), Grenache (22%), Picpoul (17%), Mourvèdre (16%)


  1. Fratelli Alessandra Prinsiot 2021

Region: Piedmont

Grape Variety: Nebbiolo (100%)

  1. Antinori Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino 2017

Region: Tuscany

Grape Variety: Sangiovese (100%)

  1. Brancaia II Blu 2020

Region: Tuscany

Grape Variety: Merlot (80%), Cabernet Sauvignon (10%), Sangiovese (10%)

You will find all of these dry red wines at the SAQ, along with an excellent selection of non-alcoholic red wines.

Sliced meat sausage and red wine served on a table.

Terry’s favorite wines

“Dry red wines are, by far, my favorite wines. They pair perfectly with meat, venison and pasta, which are also my favorite dishes. I also think these wines are enjoyable to drink. Aromas and flavors are sharp. They will soon fill your taste buds with long lasting and delicious flavors.”

“I would never pretend to be a wine expert, and even less a critic. I am simply a person who loves good wines and I have the immense pleasure and opportunity of sharing this passion with my readers…” adds Terry Pomerantz, while closing the wine cellar door gently.

An avid wine lover, Terry Pomerantz shares his love of fine bottles, guided by a responsible approach to the art of living. Discover his advice on food and wine pairing, his favorite bottles, and the ideal choices for each season and occasion. Immerse yourself in his passion and learn to fully appreciate each bottle in good company.