"Look for red fruit; a beginning, middle, and end; and even some tannins. It doesn't taste New World, with a little darkness, but don't expect something very Spanish like Aldi's Vina Decana. And people who don't like red wine may well still enjoy it."
- WineCurmudgeon.com, February 2014 View Article
"This bright red surprises with pretty aromatics, spice on the palate, and an overall high enjoyment index. Balanced and clean, this will be making repeat appearances on our dinner table."
- WineThropology.com, January 2014 View Article
Wine of the Week
"Recommended. At $5, this is a steal."
- Advocate Magazine, August 2012
Dr. Oz recommends Mediterranean Red as an inexpensive way to reduce stress.
- Healthy Body Daily, July 2012
Patio Pounders - Red Wines for Summer
"René Barbier Mediterranean Red is a blend of Tempranillo and Merlot, and due to its spicy notes would be great with take-out pizza or pizza on the grill. A hint of licorice on the finish as well as vanilla laced with black fruit makes it a soft, approachable wine."
- Milwakee Magazine, June 2012 View article
"...berry fruit notes and milk chocolate sweetness to the nose... zesty and lean, with cherry, plum and herbal flavors. Juicy and minty on the finish."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Advanced Buying Guide, December 2011
"The smooth blend of Tempranillo and Merlot grapes in this budget bottle boasts aromas of berries and subtle hints of vanilla."
- Woman's Day, November 17, 2011 Download PDF
"Dry, lightweight and peppery, but zesty, fresh and clean. The body is streamlined to the point of being lean, but the raspberry and cherry flavors...are crisp and legit. Tart, tasty and simple red wine."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Advanced Buying Guide, May 2011 Download PDF
Dr. Oz recommends René Barbier Mediterranean Red for $5 Friday.
- The Dr. Oz Show, January 7, 2011 Download PDF
Best Bargain, Two-Time Wine Trials Selection
"... our blind tasters were thrilled that this impressively cheap bottle had the funky, earthy, herbal notes that typically accompany much older, more expensive wines."
- The Wine Trials by Robin Goldstein, 2011 Blind Tastings Download PDF
"Smooth, medium-bodied, with tannins that emerge gradually. Medium acidity. Gentle oak plus prunes and cherries."
- Wine Enthusiast
Imported Value Brands
"Nonchalant simplicity. What a Mediterranean wine is all about, easy to drink, easy to enjoy, and not aggressively seeking attention. René Barbier - a name which consumers can rely on for a remarkable quality-price relation."
- Wine & Spirits
International Wineries of the Year
"Simple, chillable style of a light Cotes du Rhone (Appropriate to a Spanish winery founded by a vigneron from Avignon). Among the best values on the market today."
- Wine & Spirits Buying Guide
"...the winemakers at René Barbier blended an inexpensive Mediterranean Red and Mediterranean White that hit all the right notes and then bow out gracefully...They are what a Mediterranean wine is all about, easy to drink, easy to enjoy, and not aggressively seeking attention...it takes enormous sophistication on the part of a wine company to create and maintain a national brand like René Barbier - a name which consumers can rely on for a remarkable quality-price relation."
- Wine & Spirits
Fifty Best Values of the Year
"Sweet roasted pepper aromas blend with American oak character, and follow in the mouth. There's a roasted ripeness to the fruit, though it retains a touch of berry-like freshness. Serve this at cellar temperature on warm summer evenings...with most anything off the grill."
- Wine & Spirits