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. 1946 toro albala don px convento seleccion Dessert White
    1946 Toro Albala Don PX Convento Seleccion
    100
    RP
    The 1946 Don PX Convento Seleccion produced with Pedro Ximenez grapes dehydrated under the sun at the time of the Second World War, was only bottled in September 2011. This is an e..." Learn More
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    As low as $330.00
  2. 1959 ducru beaucaillou Bordeaux Red
    1959 Ducru Beaucaillou
    100
    RP
    The 1959 Ducru-Beaucaillou has a medium to deep brick color with a touch of brown. Upon the very first sniff, a blast of exotic scents shoots out at full throttle with fantasticall..." Learn More
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    As low as $6,245.00
  3. 1963 quinta do noval nacional Port
    1963 Quinta Do Noval Nacional
    100
    JG
    (Quinta do Noval Nacional) I had never tasted the legendary 1963 Nacional previously, and this stunningly pure and still almost youthful wine was every bit as profound as its reput..." Learn More
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    As low as $7,035.00
  4. 1967 dyquem Dessert White
    1967 d'Yquem
    100
    WS
    From one of the 20th century's celebrated vintages for Yquem, this bottle stands up to all the hype--unforgettable for its purity, elegance, harmony, its 'total' everything. Powerf..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,800.00
  5. 1982 latour Bordeaux Red
    1982 Latour
    100
    DEC
    There are hints of brick orange around the outer edges, but this is still beautifully rich red at the core, and the warmth of the vintage’s sunshine is clear from the first m..." Learn More
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    As low as $2,195.00
  6. 1982 leoville las cases Bordeaux Red
    1982 Leoville Las Cases
    100
    RP
    Still stubbornly backward, yet beginning to budge from its pre-adolescent stage, this dense, murky ruby/purple-colored wine offers up notes of graphite, sweet caramel, black cherry..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $879.00
  7. 1982 margaux Bordeaux Red
    1982 Margaux
    100
    DEC
    Still loaded up with firm tannins, this is a rich, gorgeous wine, with complex, smoky, pencil lead and graphite notes through the mid palate, before things soften to a cigar box an..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,529.00
  8. 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
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    As low as $2,015.00
  9. 1983 palmer Bordeaux Red
    1983 Palmer
    100
    DEC
    Smoky, floral and fabulous. Violet-edged, this stands out over the 1982 for its complexity of aromatics and flavours. Brambled blackberry notes meld with soft leather and liquorice..." Learn More
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    As low as $819.00
  10. 1986 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1986 Lafite Rothschild
    100
    DEC
    We are in perfectly-aged claret territory here, the most beautiful impression of a wine at its plateau. It's perfectly ready to drink and is still generous, with a long life ahead ..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,599.00
  11. 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
    Formats Available:
    As low as $669.00
  12. 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
  13. 1989 chapoutier hermitage le pavillon Hermitage
    1989 Chapoutier Hermitage Le Pavillon
    100
    RP
    The 1989 Le Pavilion is a prodigious wine. Made from yields of 14 hectoliters per hectare, this parcel of old vines (averaging 70-80 years of age) has produced an opaque black/purp..." Learn More
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    As low as $730.00
  14. 1989 clinet Bordeaux Red
    1989 Clinet
    100
    JS
    This wine has such balance and harmony. I remember when it was young and how the new wood and intense fruit came out, but they have finally come together in such a beautiful way. I..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $1,299.00
  15. 1989 haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1989 Haut Brion
    100
    JG
    (Château Haut-Brion) It had been more than a decade since I last tasted a bottle of the 1989 Haut-Brion (having absolutely zero interest in opening any bottles out of my cell..." Learn More
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    As low as $3,450.00
  16. 1989 la mission haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1989 La Mission Haut Brion
    100
    RP
    Both La Mission-Haut-Brion and Haut-Brion hit home runs in this vintage, which did not produce as many profound wines as the Bordeaux publicity machine suggested. 1989, the 200th a..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,785.00
  17. 1990 beausejour duffau Bordeaux Red
    1990 Beausejour Duffau
    100
    RP
    One of the most singular Bordeaux I have ever tasted, it verges on being port-like, but it pulls back because of the extraordinary minerality and laser-like focus. The wine is mass..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,799.00
  18. 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
  19. 1990 margaux Bordeaux Red
    1990 Margaux
    100
    RP
    I had this wine both in Seoul, Korea in February, and from my cellar in December, 2008, and it was remarkable how identical the wines smelled and tasted. It offers an extraordinary..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,599.00
  20. 1990 montrose Bordeaux Red
    1990 Montrose
    100
    RP
    The final blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc was harvested between September 14 and October 3. The spring was cold, yet summer was extremely hot and ..." Learn More
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    As low as $949.00
  21. 1990 paul aine jaboulet hermitage la chapelle Hermitage
    1990 Paul Aine Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle
    100
    DEC
    Jaboulet's Hermitage La Chapelle 1961, 1978 and 1990 are considered to be among the greatest wines ever made in the Rhône Valley. The 1990 was sourced from Les Bessards, Le M..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,145.00
  22. 1992 taylor fladgate vintage port Port
    1992 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port
    100
    RP
    Taylor's 1992 Vintage Port is unquestionably the greatest young port I have ever tasted. It represents the essence of what vintage port can achieve. The color is an opaque black/pu..." Learn More
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    As low as $259.00
  23. 1994 fonseca Port
    1994 Fonseca
    100
    WS
    Hold on to your hat. This is the best Fonseca since 1977, and it's probably even better than that classic vintage--more like the breathtaking 1948. Mind-blowing, with masses of col..." Learn More
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    As low as $180.00
  24. 1995 chapoutier hermitage le pavillon Hermitage
    1995 Chapoutier Hermitage Le Pavillon
    100
    RP
    Still a youngster, the blockbuster 1995 Ermitage le Pavillon is a quintessential Hermitage in every way. Full-bodied, powerful, thick and unctuous, with tons of smoky, black, black..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    6L
    As low as $2,999.00
  25. 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
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