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. 1964 paul aine jaboulet hermitage la chapelle Hermitage
    1964 Paul Aine Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle
    94
    WS
    A warm summer led to supple, low-acidity wines. This Chapelle reflects the vintage--smooth, silky and full-bodied. Less expressive than the '66, but tastes rounder and richer. Melt..." Learn More
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    As low as $2,090.00
  2. 1976 Krug Collection
    1976 Krug Collection
    92
    WS
    A gorgeous but extreme style of Champagne that's fully mature in flavor yet lively in balance. It's deep gold in color, smooth in texture and long on the finish. Intricate accents ..." Learn More
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    As low as $2,805.00
  3. 1977 grahams vintage port Port
    1977 Grahams Vintage Port
    93
    RP
    Graham is another great port house, producing one of the deepest-colored and sweetest styles of vintage port. Along with Taylor and Fonseca, Graham has probably been the most consi..." Learn More
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    As low as $155.00
  4. 1978 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1978 Lafite Rothschild
    94
    WS
    Beautiful deep-garnet color, with classic Médoc flavors of plum, spice, earth and mineral. Tannic, well-balanced, mouth-filling, chewy in its intensity but needs time. Drink..." Learn More
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    As low as $935.00
  5. 1978 latour Bordeaux Red
    1978 Latour
    92
    WS
    Better than I anticipated. A sleek and racy wine.Ruby-amber color. Aromas of cedar, cigar box,tobacco, mint and mushrooms, with hints of redfruits, follow though to a medium body w..." Learn More
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    As low as $755.00
  6. 1978 pichon lalande Bordeaux Red
    1978 Pichon Lalande
    94
    AG
    A host of Cabernet Sauvignon-infused aromas make a strong opening statement in the 1978 Pichon Lalande. There is certainly no shortage of power or character. If anything, the 1978 ..." Learn More
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    As low as $285.00
  7. 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
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    As low as $870.00
  8. 1981 la mission haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1981 La Mission Haut Brion
    92
    JG
    (Château La Mission Haut-Brion) The 1981 La Mission is a very strong example of the vintage and the wine is drinking at its apogee at age thirty-five. The bouquet offers up a..." Learn More
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    As low as $500.00
  9. 1981 palmer Bordeaux Red
    1981 Palmer
    92
    JG
    (Château Palmer) The 1981 vintage at Château Palmer is really lovely middleweight and a wine that offers up lovely sappiness at the core to go along with very refined a..." Learn More
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    As low as $385.00
  10. 1982 calon segur Bordeaux Red
    1982 Calon Segur
    94+
    RP
    Like Certan de May, I bought this in both half and 750 ml bottles. Only recently have the half bottles reached full maturity, and the 750 ml remains a massive, backward wine for lo..." Learn More
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    As low as $425.00
  11. 1983 grahams vintage port Port
    1983 Grahams Vintage Port
    94
    DEC
    Still quite tight-knit on the nose, mid-weight with gentle, rather lovely cherry fruit and a spicy vestige of the firm tannins that were the hallmark of the 1983 vintage at the out..." Learn More
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    As low as $119.00
  12. 1983 gruaud larose Bordeaux Red
    1983 Gruaud Larose
    93
    VM
    (64% cabernet sauvignon, 29% merlot, 4% cabernet franc and 3% petit verdot): Bright medium red with an amber edge. Archetypal mature Gruaud-Larose aromas of truffle, smoked beef, e..." Learn More
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    As low as $170.00
  13. 1983 leoville las cases Bordeaux Red
    1983 Leoville Las Cases
    94
    DEC
    Again so young, almost not ready to drink but if you are patient things open up and start to sing. The tannic structure on this wine is just so impressive, still doing a good job o..." Learn More
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    As low as $315.00
  14. 1983 petrus Bordeaux Red
    1983 Petrus
    93
    WS
    What you'd expect from such a legendary estate. Wonderful palate impression with silky, rich fruit. Plenty of blackberry and chocolate character, has a full body and medium finish...." Learn More
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    As low as $3,660.00
  15. 1984 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1984 Lafite Rothschild
    94
    JS
    Orange peel, stewed tea and slight metallic undertone. Full-bodied, with a tangy and funky undertone. Not completely clean, but wonderful.James Suckling | 94 JS..." Learn More
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    As low as $915.00
  16. 1984 Mouton Rothschild
    1984 Mouton Rothschild
    92
    WS
    No written review provided. | 92 WS..." Learn More
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    As low as $585.00
  17. 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
  18. 1985 dunn napa cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1985 Dunn Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
    94
    WS
    Intense and concentrated, packed with ripe cassis, cherry and currant flavors that are rich and elegant. The acidity and tannins are crisp and juicy, offering great potential for t..." Learn More
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    As low as $299.00
  19. 1985 fonseca Port
    1985 Fonseca
    93
    RP-NM
    The 1985 Fonseca is still youthful in appearance with hardly any ageing on the rim. The nose offers kirsch, sloes and Christmas cake. With time, there are subtle notes of dried fig..." Learn More
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    As low as $94.95
  20. 1985 latour Bordeaux Red
    1985 Latour
    93
    JS
    Aromas of mint and currants with some spices. Full and velvety texture with fresh and clean fruit and a yummy finish. Drink it.James Suckling | 93 JSRich and ripe wine. Dark red co..." Learn More
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    As low as $755.00
  21. 1985 pavillon rouge Bordeaux Red
    1985 Pavillon Rouge
    93
    WS
    Rich and massive but elegant too. It's loaded with berry, cassis and mint flavors and a wallop of tannin and oak. But it's pretty and refined, and this is just Margaux's second lab..." Learn More
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    As low as $255.00
  22. 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
  23. 1986 cheval blanc Bordeaux Red
    1986 Cheval Blanc
    93+
    JG
    (Château Cheval Blanc) The 1986 Cheval Blanc is a beautiful wine and one of the sleeper vintages for this fine estate in the decade of the 1980s. The really refined and lovel..." Learn More
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    As low as $785.00
  24. 1986 dominus California Red
    1986 Dominus
    93
    RP
    I did not pick this out as Dominus in the blind tasting, largely because it came across as such a young, rich, blockbuster wine. One of the richest, densest, most concentrated offe..." Learn More
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    As low as $359.00
  25. 1986 joseph phelps insignia California Red
    1986 Joseph Phelps Insignia
    94
    RP
    This surprisingly rich, dark garnet-colored Insignia displays notes of cedarwood, tobacco leaf, black currants, graphite and damp earth. Medium to full-bodied with remarkable densi..." Learn More
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    As low as $359.00
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