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Our 5 Favorite Wine Margaritas

Many mistakenly believe that a margarita is only made with Tequila. The truth is that a margarita can really sing when made with wine. Don’t believe us? Check out one of these five wine loving margarita recipes!

two margaritas on a picnic blanket


The Riesling Margarita

Grab a bottle of our Monterey County Reserve Riesling for this creation! You’ll also need a few lime wedges, salt, and ice. Start by pouring three cups of wine into a pitcher with 3/4 cups frozen orange juice concentrate, and half a cup of freshly squeezed lime juice. Mix well, then pour over ice into glasses, salt the rim as desired and garnish with lime. You can also place all ingredients (minus the lime wedges and salt) into a blender and create a blended version.


The Pinot Grigio Margarita

Not into sweet wines? No worry, that’s why we’ve got a great white wine margarita recipe that uses our Italian Delle Venezie Reserve Pinot Grigio. For this one, you’ll use the entire bottle, blended with an entire can of frozen limeade concentrate. Add in 1 1/2 cups of orange juice and, if you like, even 1/2 cup of tequila for a traditional flavor profile. Just like above, you can mix with a wooden spoon in a pitcher, or pair with ice in a blender to create a blended margarita. Use sea salt and lime for garnish.


Wine Margarita Recipe

The Chardonnay Margarita

Chardonnay lovers fear not! We haven’t forgotten about you. To use Chardonnay as your alcohol of choice in a margarita, mix 1/2 cup of Chardonnay with six ounces of frozen limeade concentrate, and 1/2 cup orange juice. This one is served best as a blend, as opposed to on the rocks. You may still rim the glass with salt if you like, but we recommend an orange wheel (or wedge, if you like) as a garnish. Our Vintner Chardonnay is the perfect wine for the job.


The Sauvignon Blanc Margarita

If you’re noticing a white wine theme, you’re right. These smooth wines tend to blend best in place of tequila, and Sauvignon Blanc is no exception. If you love our Rutherford Estate Sauvignon Blanc, then this is the recipe for you. Just like the wine itself, this recipe is a bit more complex than the others. To pull it off, blend three ounces of Sauvignon Blanc with the juice from 3-4 freshly squeezed limes. Stir in about 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice (bottled will work, too) muddled raspberries, and one ounce of simple syrup. Here’s where it gets special. For this one, we like adding a dash of damiana liquor and choosing cilantro as a garnish. Serve over ice or blended with that classic salted rim.


Wine Margarita Ingredients

The Red Wine Margarita

We couldn’t compile a list of wine margaritas without throwing a bone to our red wine lovers. Turns out white wines tend to do better as a replacement for tequila, but when used WITH tequila, red wine can really create a margarita like no other. It’s sweet, it’s tangy, it’s unique, and it’s going to win you any margarita competition you enter. Start by mixing up a regular pitcher of margaritas by using simple syrup, 5 ounces tequila, 3 ounces of triple sec, and fresh lime juice (or 12 ounces of frozen concentrate). Stir or blend thoroughly and pour into salt-rimmed glasses. Next, hold a spoon rounded side up over the drink, and slowly pour in our Vintner Red Blend. You want to pour enough to create about a 1/4 inch of red atop the green. The colors stay separated so long as you pour slow and controlled, and your guests stay impressed.

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