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. 1979 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1979 Lafite Rothschild
    92
    WS
    Fruity, deep and firm, filled with plum and cherry, backed by youthful, stiff tannins. Needs time for complexity to develop. Try in 1995.--Lafite Rothschild vertical.Wine Spectator..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $870.00
  2. 1982 cheval blanc Bordeaux Red
    1982 Cheval Blanc
    96+
    JG
    (Château Cheval Blanc) This wine has now been very shut down for the last four or five years, and though there is so much raw material here that the wine is still a joy to dr..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,585.00
  3. 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
  4. 1982 montrose Bordeaux Red
    1982 Montrose
    96
    DEC
    Under the ownership of Jean-Louis Charmolüe (who remained in place from 1960 until 2006 and who just died in January of this year). Gorgeous, brick-edged, soft brambled fruit,..." Learn More
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    As low as $489.00
  5. 1982 mouton rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1982 Mouton Rothschild
    100
    JD
    A wine that’s singing today, the 1982 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild is one of those wines that needs to be tasted to be believed. It almost has a California Cabernet-like sexines..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $2,015.00
  6. 1985 petrus Bordeaux Red
    1985 Petrus
    93
    WS
    Another superb bottle from Pétrus. Solid as a rock with mint, raspberry, cherry and tar character, full body and firm tannins. Needs time. Try after 1998.--The Bordeaux 50.W..." Learn More
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    As low as $7,620.00
  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 leoville las cases Bordeaux Red
    1986 Leoville Las Cases
    100
    DEC
    Michel Delon, then owner, believed this to be the greatest wine he ever made. It's not often the case that wines with this much expectation riding on them live up to the hype, but ..." Learn More
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    As low as $669.00
  9. 1986 lynch bages Bordeaux Red
    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 $570.00
  10. 1986 mouton rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1986 Mouton Rothschild
    100
    DEC
    Wonderful, concentrated and still astonishingly young, this has brushes of violet aromatics rising above the tight cassis fruits and rich black truffle, and the classic menthol edg..." Learn More
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    As low as $670.00
  11. 1987 Mouton Rothschild
    1987 Mouton Rothschild
    91
    JG
    (Château Mouton-Rothschild) This was the last vintage to be made by the Baron de Rothschild, and I have always had a sneaky suspicion that the 1987 may have been made a bit m..." Learn More
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    3L
    As low as $1,285.00
  12. 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
  13. 1988 montrose Bordeaux Red
    1988 Montrose
    93
    JS
    Very fresh still with a licorice and floral character that turned to sweet tobacco and plums. Full and silky, with ripe and fine tannins. Wonderful to drink now.James Suckling | 93..." Learn More
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    As low as $230.00
  14. 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
    Formats Available:
    As low as $400.00
  15. 1988 silverado napa cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1988 Silverado Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
    ..." Learn More
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    As low as $239.00
  16. 1989 beychevelle Bordeaux Red
    1989 Beychevelle
    93
    JG
    (Château Beychevelle) In contrast to the warm vintage character of the 1990 Beychevelle, the 1989 delivers absolutely classic aromatic and flavor profiles and is a top vintag..." Learn More
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    As low as $190.00
  17. 1989 montrose Bordeaux Red
    1989 Montrose
    99
    JS
    This was yet another wine I drunk with wine collector friends in Bangkok – the city is truly buzzing when it comes to wine and when you know where to look! On the nose, there..." Learn More
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    As low as $899.00
  18. 1990 gruaud larose Bordeaux Red
    1990 Gruaud Larose
    96
    RP
    This wine continues to get better and better and is certainly one of the great successes in what is a profound vintage for Bordeaux. While the wine still tastes young, it is alread..." Learn More
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    As low as $165.00
  19. 1990 latour Bordeaux Red
    1990 Latour
    100
    WS
    This is one of my favorite wines ever. Full-bodied, with layers of silky fruit and masses of currant, mineral and berry character. Amazing. It's a wine with perfect structure, perf..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,299.00
  20. 1990 leoville poyferre Bordeaux Red
    1990 Leoville Poyferre
    97
    RP
    Absolutely spectacular, the1990 Leoville Poyferre is much more evolved than either of its two Leoville neighbors. Its opaque plum/garnet color is accompanied by a gorgeous bouquet ..." Learn More
    As low as $499.00
  21. 1990 veuve clicquot la grande dame Champagne
    1990 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame
    96
    DEC
    Fine burnished gold, apt for a 30 year old Champagne – alive and kicking. What impresses is the fresh Chardonnay, which balances the opulence of 1990 mature Pinot opulence. A..." Learn More
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    As low as $995.00
  22. 1992 mouton rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1992 Mouton Rothschild
    ..." Learn More
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    6L
    As low as $330.00
  23. 1993 mouton rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1993 Mouton Rothschild
    90
    DEC
    1993 was not a great year, with rainfall in September spoiling what had looked like a very fine vintage. The 1993 Mouton is perhaps better known for the controversial label by Balt..." Learn More
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    As low as $700.00
  24. 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
  25. 1995 krug Champagne
    1995 Krug
    98
    WS
    A very youthful '95. Delicate. Intense aromas of ginger, citrus, candied berry and multigrain bread turn to honey, roasted almonds and graphite on the palate. It's all underscored ..." Learn More
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    As low as $2,000.00
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