Popular Wines

Popular Wines
As magical and enigmatic as the world of wine can be, it’s not always easy to find your way around. Every day, inexperienced wine enthusiasts try to explore new blends and end up with a shopping list that their budget simply cannot support. Every high-quality wine is a unique, important experience, one that opens a person’s taste palate to a whole new world of flavor and pleasure. Something primal awakens within, urging you to find new and more compelling aromas and textures. But with so much to choose from, where do you begin?

When it comes to wine, popular blends are relatively common for a reason. They serve as an excellent entry point into the world of fine wine, and studying them lets you understand more obscure, complicated wines out there. A collection has to start somewhere, and these blends are often easier to get and help you develop your taste. Imagine bonding with your friends and family over a brand you’re all familiar with and able to appreciate to its fullest. Good wine offers something new, yet vaguely familiar with each glass, as your mouth picks up on subtleties in the liquid that tempt you further and inspire thought and introspection, uncorking new conversation topics and improving the mood no matter the situation.

If you’re looking for safe picks, you want to set your sights on quality brands from Italy, France, and Spain. A glass of sultry Sangiovese or Trebbiano Toscano can liven up a family meal and impress even the stuffiest guests while being a perfect partner to any traditional Italian dish you can think of. One taste of a Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay is enough to let France stand out as a breeding ground of divine, elegant elixirs that can fit the taste of any enthusiast. Meanwhile, Spain offers powerful blends such as Garnacha, Bobal, or Tempranillo, helping you create memorable moments out of even the most ordinary evening. And this is only scratching the surface.

Our goal is to introduce you to popular, tested brands the same way we would introduce you to a potential soulmate. With the right mood and some good timing, you can develop a healthy, pleasurable relationship with wine that lasts a lifetime.

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  1. 1968 taylor fladgate very old single harvest port Port
    1968 Taylor Fladgate Very Old Single Harvest Port
    98
    WS
    Gorgeous from the get-go, with toasted sesame, green tea, walnut husk, pistachio cream and peanut toffee notes seamlessly layered atop one another, framed by a subtle singed alder ..." Learn More
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    As low as $269.00
  2. 1975 les forts de latour Bordeaux Red
    1975 Les Forts De Latour
    90
    DEC
    The wines at Latour were being made by Jean-Paul Gardère and Henri Martin in 1975. This is hugely impressive for a second wine (the label made its first appearance in the 19..." Learn More
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    As low as $285.00
  3. 1976 palmer Bordeaux Red
    1976 Palmer
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    As low as $275.00
  4. 1981 pavie Bordeaux Red
    1981 Pavie
    91
    VM
    I’ve always had a soft spot for the 1981 vintage as well as these two châteaux. This was the first vintage of Bordeaux that I bought, back in 1984, with some knowledge ..." Learn More
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    As low as $295.00
  5. 1985 ducru beaucaillou Bordeaux Red
    1985 Ducru Beaucaillou
    92
    RP
    A wine of extraordinary charm and elegance, the dark garnet-colored 1985 Ducru-Beaucaillou has a floral, cedary nose intermixed with red and black currants as well as flowers. The ..." Learn More
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    As low as $295.00
  6. 1986 ceretto barolo bricco rocche Barolo
    1986 Ceretto Barolo Bricco Rocche
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    As low as $255.00
  7. 1986 ducru beaucaillou Bordeaux Red
    1986 Ducru Beaucaillou
    96
    JG
    (Château Ducru-Beaucaillou (St. Julien) Re-Furbished at the Château in 2011) Ducru-Beaucaillou has recently re-released several vintages from the era when there was som..." Learn More
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    As low as $299.00
  8. 1986 Lynch Bages
    1986 Lynch Bages
    94
    RP
    The 1986 is finally emerging from the dormant stage that many of the wines from this vintage (especially the Medocs) have been going through. It is a full-bodied, still backward wi..." Learn More
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    As low as $299.00
  9. 1987 silverado napa cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1987 Silverado Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
    92
    WS
    Smooth, ripe and harmonious, with layers of black cherry, plum, currant and anise, finishing with a smooth texture and a long, lingering aftertaste.--1987 California Cabernet horiz..." Learn More
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    As low as $239.00
  10. 1988 dyquem Dessert White
    1988 d'Yquem
    99
    RP
    The 1988 is a backward-styled Yquem, built along the lines of the extraordinary 1975. With a honeyed, smoky, orange/coconut/pineapple-scented nose, this powerful wine possesses ful..." Learn More
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    As low as $299.00
  11. 1988 silverado napa cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1988 Silverado Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
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    As low as $239.00
  12. 1989 dyquem Dessert White
    1989 d'Yquem
    99
    VM
    The 1989 Yquem is my favourite of the triumvirate and this bottle was stellar. It explodes from the glass with scents of quince, acacia, honeysuckle, saffron and wild heather (a tr..." Learn More
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    As low as $269.00
  13. 1989 leoville poyferre Bordeaux Red
    1989 Leoville Poyferre
    91
    DEC
    The colour remains a deep ruby, with burnt caramel arriving midpalate. Not quite as luscious as the 1990 vintage at this stage of the game, but still full of vigour. There is shape..." Learn More
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    As low as $240.00
  14. 1989 troplong mondot Bordeaux Red
    1989 Troplong Mondot
    95+
    RP
    A very youthful wine that probably will never hit the heights of the 1990 (but how many wines do?), this dense ruby/purple-colored wine has a very pure nose of roasted espresso, bl..." Learn More
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    As low as $280.00
  15. 1990 beychevelle Bordeaux Red
    1990 Beychevelle
    90
    WS
    Dark ruby color. Lots of earth, berry and leather aromas. Full-bodied, with chocolate, berry and earth flavors. Velvety tannins. Delicious, funky Beychevelle.--1990 Bordeaux retros..." Learn More
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    As low as $200.00
  16. 1990 dyquem Dessert White
    1990 d'Yquem
    99
    RP
    1990: An extraordinary effort, Yquem's 1990 is a rich and fabulously superb, sweet wine. This wine also possesses lots of elegance and finesse. The wine's medium gold color is acco..." Learn More
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    As low as $259.00
  17. 1990 leoville barton Bordeaux Red
    1990 Leoville Barton
    94
    DEC
    Damien Barton-Sartorius was born in 1990, and he’ll be happy to hear that this vintage stands up well against the 1989. It has clearer tannins, is deeper and still virile, ta..." Learn More
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    As low as $245.00
  18. 1990 rausan segla Bordeaux Red
    1990 Rausan Segla
    94
    RP
    A complex nose of subtle menthol intermixed with black currants, cherries, spice box, cedar, and herbs emerges from this fully mature 1990. It is a fleshy, round, generously endowe..." Learn More
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    As low as $275.00
  19. 1992 christian drouin calvados les millesimes Eau-de-Vie
    1992 Christian Drouin Calvados Les Millesimes
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    As low as $229.00
  20. 1995 chateau tirecul la graviere cuvee madame Loire (Other)
    1995 Chateau Tirecul La Graviere Cuvee Madame
    100
    JD
    As good (better??) than the 2001, the 1995 Monbazillac Cuvee Madame is straight up extraordinary juice that certainly one of the finest dessert wines I’ve ever tasted. A blen..." Learn More
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    As low as $285.00
  21. 1995 ducru beaucaillou Bordeaux Red
    1995 Ducru Beaucaillou
    95
    RP
    Proprietor Bruno Borie noted this was a somewhat unusual blend this year: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot. After this vintage, Cabernet Franc..." Learn More
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    As low as $290.00
  22. 1995 grand puy lacoste Bordeaux Red
    1995 Grand Puy Lacoste
    95
    RP
    Another unbelievably rich, multidimensional, broad-shouldered wine, with slightly more elegance and less weight than the powerhouse 1996, this gorgeously proportioned, medium to fu..." Learn More
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    As low as $219.00
  23. 1995 leglise clinet Bordeaux Red
    1995 L'Eglise Clinet
    96
    RP
    One of the vintage's most awesome wines, L'Eglise-Clinet's 1995 has been fabulous from both cask and bottle. The color is opaque purple. The wine is closed aromatically, but it doe..." Learn More
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    As low as $295.00
  24. 1995 levangile Bordeaux Red
    1995 L'Evangile
    93+
    VM
    Deep red-ruby. Deep, superripe, fully expressed aromas of black raspberry, chocolate, smoke and leather, plus a ripe vegetal nuance that contributes complexity. Velvety, lush and f..." Learn More
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    As low as $290.00
  25. 1995 latour a pomerol Bordeaux Red
    1995 Latour A Pomerol
    93+
    JG
    (Château Latour à Pomerol) The 1995 Latour à Pomerol was one of the wines where we had an off bottle at our vertical, but happily, the wine is still in the mark..." Learn More
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    As low as $255.00
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