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. 1982 gaja barbaresco Barbaresco
    1982 Gaja Barbaresco
    95
    DEC
    Most 1982 Barbarescos are over the hill now, but not Gaja's. Even the colour is scarcely evolved. The nose has great purity of fruit, with ripe, intense raspberry aromas. Sleek and..." Learn More
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    As low as $420.00
  2. 1982 gaja barbaresco sori tildin Barbaresco
    1982 Gaja Barbaresco Sori Tildin
    95
    AG
    The 1982 Barbaresco Sorì Tildìn, on the other hand, was awesome. It revealed superb depth in its core of generous fruit, with superb concentration as well as balance...." Learn More
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    As low as $1,455.00
  3. 1983 produttori del barbaresco barbaresco Barbaresco
    1983 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco
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    As low as $99.95
  4. 1985 Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva La Storica
    1985 Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva La Storica
    99
    VM
    It’s almost impossible to imagine that the 1985 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva La Storica has just celebrated its thirty-sixth birthday. It displays a brilliant ruby red colo..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,399.00
  5. 1986 ceretto barolo bricco rocche Barolo
    1986 Ceretto Barolo Bricco Rocche
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    As low as $240.00
  6. 1987 produttori del barbaresco barbaresco Barbaresco
    1987 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco
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    As low as $125.00
  7. 1988 felsina fontalloro Super Tuscan/IGT
    1988 Felsina Fontalloro
    93
    WS
    A superbly structured wine, with impressive aromas and flavors of violets, berries and mint. Its full body and super tannins set up well for the concentrated, fruity finish. Try af..." Learn More
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    As low as $140.00
  8. 1988 produttori del barbaresco barbaresco Barbaresco
    1988 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco
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    As low as $120.00
  9. 1988 Prunotto Barolo Bussia
    1988 Prunotto Barolo Bussia
    90
    RP
    This firm has been making spectacular wines recently. Their 1988s are excellent, and their 1989s potentially superb. This difference in vintages is well-displayed in Prunotto's Bar..." Learn More
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    As low as $400.00
  10. 1988 tenuta dellornellaia masseto Super Tuscans/IGT
    1988 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto
    98
    DEC
    The vines were five years old in 1988, the age at which the plants usually begin to show a natural balance and announce their sense of place. This is the official second year for M..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,660.00
  11. 1990 gaja barberesco costa russi Barbaresco
    1990 Gaja Barberesco Costa Russi
    98
    RP
    The vineyard designate 1990 Barbaresco Costa Russi offers a fascinating glimpse back in time. Angelo Gaja would famously declassify this wine to Langhe Nebbiolo, starting with the ..." Learn More
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    As low as $669.00
  12. 1990 isole e olena cepparello Super Tuscan/IGT
    1990 Isole e Olena Cepparello
    94
    AG
    The 1990 Cepparello is in my opinion the first modern Cepparello. Even today the wine remains deep, layered and powerful. The racy, fleshy personality is pure 1990. A final burst o..." Learn More
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    As low as $155.00
  13. 1990 lisini brunello di montalcino Brunello
    1990 Lisini Brunello di Montalcino
    90
    WS
    A big and muscular wine with plenty of berry, cherry, mineral character and just the right amount of new wood as accent. Full-bodied, with full tannins and a fresh finish. Better i..." Learn More
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    As low as $155.00
  14. 1992 tenuta dellornellaia masseto Super Tuscans/IGT
    1992 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto
    93
    WS
    Top 100 Wines of 1995* Better than the 1990 or '91 Masseto. Deep and profound Merlot exhibiting intense berry, mint and cassis aromas and flavors. Full-bodied but very elegant and ..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,110.00
  15. 1994 fonterutoli siepi Italy (Other)
    1994 Fonterutoli Siepi
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    As low as $105.00
  16. 1995 altesino brunello di montalcino montosoli Brunello
    1995 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli
    96
    WS
    Monster Brunello. Very dark in color, withsuperripe aromas of black licorice, dried plum,mint and meat. Full-bodied, with masses of velvetytannins and a long, long finish. Best ver..." Learn More
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    As low as $140.00
  17. 1995 altesino brunello di montalcino riserva Brunello
    1995 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
    92
    WS
    Bright, with floral, raspberry and mineral character. Full-bodied, with silky, firm tannins and a long finish. Needs a bit of bottle age. Altesino does it again. Best after 2002. 2..." Learn More
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    As low as $130.00
  18. 1995 argiano brunello di montalcino Brunello
    1995 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino
    93
    VM
    The bouquet of the 1995 Brunello di Montalcino is deep and intense, offering raspberry sauce, cinnamon, dusty rosy and smoke. This is silky-smooth and elegant in feel with ripe red..." Learn More
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    As low as $99.95
  19. 1995 castello dama vigna lapparita Italy (Other)
    1995 Castello D'Ama Vigna L'Apparita
    92
    WS
    Wonderful floral, berry and cocoa aromas. Full-bodied, with fine, polished tannins and a long finish with dark chocolate and berry on the aftertaste. A sleek, racy Merlot from a re..." Learn More
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    As low as $185.00
  20. 1996 banfi brunello di montalcino Brunello
    1996 Banfi Brunello di Montalcino
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    As low as $84.95
  21. 1996 ceretto barbaresco faset Barbaresco
    1996 Ceretto Barbaresco Faset
    93
    WE
    The purest of Piedmont fruit bombs, with a body that just won't quit. Full, youthful grapey aromas are followed by tannins so fine and dense they can only be described as beautiful..." Learn More
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    As low as $130.00
  22. 1996 ceretto barolo bricco rocche Barolo
    1996 Ceretto Barolo Bricco Rocche
    95
    WS
    Complex aromas of Indian spices, plum and violet. Full-bodied, with big, velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Finally starting to mellow. Concentrated and rich.--1996 Piedmont ..." Learn More
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    As low as $285.00
  23. 1996 gaja sperss barolo Barolo
    1996 Gaja Sperss Barolo
    97
    AG
    The 1996 Sperss is arguably the most backward of these 1996s from Gaja. Still very young and tightly wound, the 1996 is going to need at least a few years to truly blossom. Even so..." Learn More
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    As low as $455.00
  24. 1997 albino rocca barbaresco vigneto brich ronchi Barbaresco
    1997 Albino Rocca Barbaresco Vigneto Brich Ronchi
    97
    RP
    This is a spectacular Barbaresco. It is awesomely thick, rich, and textured, with unreal opulence as well as glycerin levels that define the finest offerings from the 1997 vintage...." Learn More
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    As low as $140.00
  25. 1997 argiano solengo Super Tuscans/IGT
    1997 Argiano Solengo
    94
    RP
    The profound 1997 Solengo vino da tavola (a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon with a tiny dosage of Syrah) is spectacular. Opaque purple-colored, it displays a fabulously ..." Learn More
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    As low as $330.00
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