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. 1997 tommaso bussola amarone vigneto alto Italy (Other)
    1997 Tommaso Bussola Amarone Vigneto Alto
    96
    RP
    The prodigious 1997 Amarone Vigneto Alto TB is reminiscent of Henri Bonneau's 1990 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve des Celestins. The lofty 16% alcohol is barely noticeable. Yields wer..." Learn More
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    As low as $279.00
  2. 1999 dal forno romano amarone Italy (Other)
    1999 Dal Forno Romano Amarone
    98
    JS
    This is full throttle style with loads of black chocolate and dark fruits on the nose and the palate. Minerally, gun powder undertone. It's very full and powerful with super pretty..." Learn More
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    As low as $555.00
  3. 2001 dal forno romano amarone Italy (Other)
    2001 Dal Forno Romano Amarone
    97
    AG
    The 2001 Amarone is on another level entirely. It exudes notable warmth and ripeness, with profound layers of Venezuelan bitter chocolate, herbs, licorice, smoke, dark fruit and to..." Learn More
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    As low as $615.00
  4. 2002 dal forno romano amarone Italy (Other)
    2002 Dal Forno Romano Amarone
    95
    DEC
    Another tricky vintage affected by hail and rain during the growing season, but saved by a stretch of sunshine at the end of the summer. This wine is herbaceous but delightful, ver..." Learn More
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    As low as $825.00
  5. 2003 dal forno romano amarone Italy (Other)
    2003 Dal Forno Romano Amarone
    96
    WE
    Monte Lodoletta Amarone is an exercise in extraction. The wine is absolutely black. Aromas are concentrated and intense and the wine is equally enormous in the mouth thanks to the ..." Learn More
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    As low as $899.00
  6. 2006 quintarelli alzero Italy (Other)
    2006 Quintarelli Alzero
    97
    AG
    The 2006 Alzero is wonderfully alive and vibrant in the glass, with beams of energy that run through its deep frame. Exotic and alluring, the 2006 simply has it all. There is plent..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,045.00
  7. 2008 dal forno romano amarone Italy (Other)
    2008 Dal Forno Romano Amarone
    98
    AG
    The 2008 Amarone della Valpolicella is compelling. With a little air, the tannins begin to soften, releasing a myriad of intense dark aromas and flavors. Bittersweet chocolate, clo..." Learn More
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    As low as $899.00
  8. 2010 dal forno romano amarone Italy (Other)
    2010 Dal Forno Romano Amarone
    98
    DEC
    (Romano Dal Forno, Monte Lodoletta, Amarone della Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy, Red) 2010 is a more considered vintage compared to the outright opulence of 2009, but it's no shrinki..." Learn More
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    As low as $899.00
  9. 2010 quintarelli rosso del bepi Italy (Other)
    2010 Quintarelli Rosso del Bepi
    ..." Learn More
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    As low as $175.00
  10. 2016 az agr gini soave classico la frosca Italy (Other)
    2016 Az Agr Gini Soave Classico la Frosca
    96
    DEC
    Brothers Claudio and Sandro Gini make wines of polished refinement and longevity which are rightly considered among the classics of the denomination. La Froscà is sourced fr..." Learn More
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    As low as $24.99
  11. 2016 Brigaldara Amarone della Valpolicella Case Vecie
    2016 Brigaldara Amarone della Valpolicella Case Vecie
    96+
    VM
    The 2016 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Case Vecie seduces with a beguiling and lifted mix of crushed stone, dusty rose and bright cherry. This is dark and velvety, moody in f..." Learn More
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    As low as $75.99
  12. 2016 Roccolo Grassi Amarone della Valpolicella
    2016 Roccolo Grassi Amarone della Valpolicella
    97
    VM
    From the second I tilted the glass, I knew that the 2016 Amarone della Valpolicella was a total knockout. Macerated cherries are contrasted by a whiff of tangerine that gives way t..." Learn More
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    As low as $109.00
  13. 2016 suavia veronese autentico trebbiano di soave massifitti Italy White
    2016 Suavia Veronese Autentico Trebbiano di Soave Massifitti
    94
    JS
    Reductive at first, this opens nicely to reveal fresh sage and thyme, green apples and citrus. The acidity is so sharp, it could cut your palate in two and the mineral undertones a..." Learn More
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    As low as $17.99
  14. 2019 suavia soave garganega monte carbonare Italy White
    2019 Suavia Soave Garganega Monte Carbonare
    96
    JS
    Incredible melange of fruit on the nose here. Fresh pear, melon, peach and more exotic notes of papaya and even banana. Add to that aromas of dried flowers and river stones. Medium..." Learn More
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    As low as $26.99
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