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. 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
  4. 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
  5. 1997 gaja barbaresco Barbaresco
    1997 Gaja Barbaresco
    95
    WS
    Dark ruby red. Lots of blackberry and cherry aromas. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a superfresh palate. It is still mouthpuckering, with layers of ripe and powerful tannins. ..." Learn More
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    As low as $480.00
  6. 1999 gaja barbaresco Barbaresco
    1999 Gaja Barbaresco
    95
    AG
    Gaja's 1999 Barbaresco is quite pretty. Freshly cut flowers, sweet red berries, licorice and dried herbs are some of the many nuances that are woven together in the glass. Soft, si..." Learn More
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    As low as $450.00
  7. 2000 gaja barbaresco costa russi Barbaresco
    2000 Gaja Barbaresco Costa Russi
    100
    WS
    Fabulous aromas of rose petals and cherries with hints of raspberries. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and an incredible finish. This is so fine and so long. A real beauty that..." Learn More
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    As low as $459.00
  8. 2000 gaja barbaresco sori san lorenzo Barbaresco
    2000 Gaja Barbaresco Sori San Lorenzo
    97
    WS
    Serious dark color, with meaty, earthy aromas that blow off to ultraripe and exotic fruit. Fresh truffles and porcini. Almost Port-like in the end. Full-bodied, with masses of velv..." Learn More
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    As low as $575.00
  9. 2001 gaja sperss barolo Barolo
    2001 Gaja Sperss Barolo
    95
    AG
    The 2001 Sperss is the alter ego to the Conteisa. It is a decidedly powerful, virile wine with plenty of Serralunga muscle in its powerful, brooding personality. Tobacco, mint, cru..." Learn More
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    As low as $400.00
  10. 2004 gaja sperss barolo Barolo
    2004 Gaja Sperss Barolo
    99
    WS
    Powerful and structured. Delicate aromas of sandalwood, blackberry, licorice and cherry follow through to a full body, with very chewy tannins and loads of pretty fruit and hints o..." Learn More
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    As low as $475.00
  11. 2010 gaja barbaresco Barbaresco
    2010 Gaja Barbaresco
    95
    WE
    Gaja's classic Barbaresco is gorgeous in 2010, showing an intense perfume of violet, earth and ripe red fruits punctuated by balsamic notes. The palate delivers rich wild cherry no..." Learn More
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    As low as $330.00
  12. 2010 gaja barbaresco sori san lorenzo Barbaresco
    2010 Gaja Barbaresco Sori San Lorenzo
    98
    RP
    A banner wine for Gaja, the 2010 Sori San Lorenzo brings the infinite and ethereal aromas associated with Nebbiolo into startling focus and clarity. Again, like the Sori Tildin, th..." Learn More
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    As low as $559.00
  13. 2015 gaja barolo conteisa Barolo
    2015 Gaja Barolo Conteisa
    98
    JS
    Extremely pure fruit on the nose here with aromas of plums and strawberries and hints of cedar and rose petals, as well as rose stems. Full body. Very tannic and structured, yet po..." Learn More
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    As low as $269.00
  14. 2015 gaja sperss barolo Barolo
    2015 Gaja Sperss Barolo
    100
    JD
    The 2015 Barolo Sperss is another smoking good 2015 that shows the sunny warmth of the vintage in its massive bouquet of blackcurrants, kirsch liqueur, red plums, Asian spices, vio..." Learn More
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    As low as $759.00
  15. 2016 gaja barbaresco sori san lorenzo Barbaresco
    2016 Gaja Barbaresco Sori San Lorenzo
    100
    W&S
    In 2004, the Gaja family began an intensive program to improve their vineyards, implementing organic composting, taking steps to increase biodiversity, and modifying the pruning sy..." Learn More
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    As low as $679.00
  16. 2016 gaja barbaresco sori tildin Barbaresco
    2016 Gaja Barbaresco Sori Tildin
    100
    AG
    The 2016 Barbaresco Sorì Tildìn is a fabulous, incredibly complete wine that soars out of the glass with explosive structure and vertical lift. The tannins are very m..." Learn More
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    As low as $589.00
  17. 2016 gaja camarcanda bolgheri rosso camarcanda Super Tuscan/IGT
    2016 Gaja Ca'Marcanda Bolgheri Rosso Camarcanda
    97
    RP
    This is another beautiful creation from the Gaja family. The 2016 Bolgheri Rosso Camarcanda (Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc) is infinitely smooth and finely textured down to the ver..." Learn More
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    As low as $429.00
  18. 2016 gaja sperss barolo Barolo
    2016 Gaja Sperss Barolo
    100
    JD
    As with the 2015, the 2016 Barolo Sperss is a perfect wine. Deep ruby-hued, it boasts a gorgeous perfume of cherry and blueberry-like fruits that are interwoven with notes of tobac..." Learn More
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    5L
    As low as $2,799.00
  19. 2016 pieve santa restituta brunello di montalcino rennina Brunello
    2016 Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello Di Montalcino Rennina
    97
    JS
    Some much shaved black truffles to the blackberry, walnut and chocolate undertones. It’s full-bodied and layered with chewy yet soft tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Smo..." Learn More
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    As low as $459.00
  20. 2016 pieve santa restituta brunello di montalcino sugarille Brunello
    2016 Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello Di Montalcino Sugarille
    98
    JS
    Plenty of black cherries, cedar, dried flowers and red cherries on the nose, following through to the palate, which is dense and compressed with gorgeous, intense fruit and chewy y..." Learn More
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    As low as $499.00
  21. 2017 gaja barbaresco sori san lorenzo Barbaresco
    2017 Gaja Barbaresco Sori San Lorenzo
    99
    JS
    The aromas of fresh rose petals are amazing with strawberries and citrus underneath. Full-bodied and layered with a complete, very linear and long finish. It turns tight and very s..." Learn More
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    As low as $579.00
  22. 2017 gaja barolo conteisa Barolo
    2017 Gaja Barolo Conteisa
    98
    JD
    Predominantly from within the cru of Cerequio on the border between Barolo and La Morra, Conteisa has been produced since 1996. The 2017 Barolo Conteisa has ripe aromas of red cher..." Learn More
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    As low as $299.00
  23. 2017 gaja sperss barolo Barolo
    2017 Gaja Sperss Barolo
    98+
    JD
    From the estate’s property in Serralunga d’Alba, the 2017 Barolo Sperss is fresh with pine, perfectly ripe cherry, leather, and aniseed. It has classic Serralunga struc..." Learn More
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    5L
    As low as $319.00
  24. 2019 gaja camarcanda magari Super Tuscan/IGT
    2019 Gaja Ca'Marcanda Magari
    93
    JS
    This is a firm yet velvety-textured red with blackberry, sage, pine-needle and dried-flower aromas and flavors. It’s medium-to full-bodied with a lovely mouth feel and a long..." Learn More
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    As low as $42.99
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