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. 1986 ceretto barolo bricco rocche Barolo
    1986 Ceretto Barolo Bricco Rocche
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    As low as $240.00
  5. 1987 produttori del barbaresco barbaresco Barbaresco
    1987 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco
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    As low as $125.00
  6. 1988 produttori del barbaresco barbaresco Barbaresco
    1988 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco
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    As low as $120.00
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 1997 Conterno Fantino Barolo Parussi
    1997 Conterno Fantino Barolo Parussi
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    As low as $99.95
  14. 1997 conterno fantino barolo sori ginestra Barolo
    1997 Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra
    92
    RP
    The 1997 Barolo Sori Ginestra exhibits a deep ruby/purple color in addition to complex aromas of tobacco smoke and gloriously sweet, jammy cherry liqueur. Ripe, opulent, and full-b..." Learn More
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    As low as $130.00
  15. 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
  16. 1997 paolo scavino barolo bric del fiasc Barolo
    1997 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc
    95
    RP
    From a well-known Castiglione Falletto vineyard, the 1997 Barolo Bric del Fiasc reveals the essence of cherry jam in its massive constitution. It is a powerful, full-bodied effort ..." Learn More
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    As low as $215.00
  17. 1997 Rocche Dei Manzoni Barolo Vigna d'la Roul
    1997 Rocche Dei Manzoni Barolo Vigna d'la Roul
    90
    RP
    The 1997 Barolo Vigna d'La Roul reveals espresso characteristics, intermixed with chocolate, caramel, leather, and black cherry/berry fruit. Full-bodied and smoky, with a supple te..." Learn More
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    As low as $165.00
  18. 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
  19. 1999 giacomo conterno barolo monfortino riserva Barolo
    1999 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva
    99
    AG
    The 1999 Barolo Riserva Monfortino is simply epic, as it always has been. A Barolo of statuesque, profound beauty, the 1999 very clearly belongs among the greatest Monfortinos ever..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,860.00
  20. 1999 roberto voerzio barolo sarmassa di barolo Barolo
    1999 Roberto Voerzio Barolo Sarmassa di Barolo
    94+
    VM
    (bottled entirely in magnums) Saturated medium ruby. Superripe aromas of raspberry, minerals, dried rose, bitter chocolate and roasted oak, complicated by tangy spices and hints of..." Learn More
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    As low as $530.00
  21. 2000 ceretto barolo bricco rocche Barolo
    2000 Ceretto Barolo Bricco Rocche
    96
    WS
    Wild aromas of decadent fruit, with lots of plum, fresh mushroom and fresh strawberry. Full-bodied, with ultrasilky tannins and a long finish. Wonderfully crafted. Seductive. The t..." Learn More
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    As low as $190.00
  22. 2000 ceretto barolo prapo Barolo
    2000 Ceretto Barolo Prapo
    93
    WS
    Coffee, berry and tobacco aromas on the nose follow through to a full-bodied palate, with chewy yet soft tannins and a long, rich finish. Very chocolaty. Solid and tight. Needs yea..." Learn More
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    As low as $135.00
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 2000 la spinetta barbaresco valeirano Barbaresco
    2000 La Spinetta Barbaresco Valeirano
    93
    WS
    Shows the essence of Nebbiolo fruit, with freshly cut plum, flowers and a hint of orange peel. Full-bodied, with lovely, silky tannins and a soft, superrich finish. Luscious and ri..." Learn More
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    As low as $140.00
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