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. 2014 chanin chardonnay los alamos vineyard California White
    2014 Chanin Chardonnay Los Alamos Vineyard
    94
    AG
    The 2014 Chardonnay Los Alamos Vineyard is rich, flavorful and deeply expressive. Orchard fruit, mint, sweet spices and butter notes meld together in a creamy, beautifully layered ..." Learn More
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    As low as $34.99
  2. 2016 rhys vineyards alesia chardonnay anderson valley California White
    2016 Rhys Vineyards Alesia Chardonnay Anderson Valley
    93
    JD
    The 2016 Chardonnay Anderson Valley from the team at Rhys knocks it out of the park, and I suspect it’s a screaming value. White peach, apple blossom, spice, and some white f..." Learn More
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    As low as $34.95
  3. 2017 Aubert Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard Chardonnay
    2017 Aubert Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard Chardonnay
    97
    RP
    The 2017 Chardonnay Larry Hyde & Sons explodes from the glass with bombastic lime cordial, pink grapefruit and rhubarb pie scents with suggestions of fresh ginger, green mango ..." Learn More
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    As low as $189.00
  4. 2017 joseph phelps chardonnay freestone vineyard California White
    2017 Joseph Phelps Chardonnay Freestone Vineyard
    94
    AG
    The 2017 Chardonnay Freestone Vineyards is a very pretty and also understated wine from Phelps. Yellow orchard fruit, white flowers, chamomile and lightly honeyed notes all grace t..." Learn More
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    As low as $48.99
  5. 2017 ZD Chardonnay
    2017 ZD Chardonnay
    92
    WE
    Green olive tapenade and dried herb highlight a richly concentrated expression of the grape, dark in color and generous in oak. Thick textured layers of complex apple, melon and st..." Learn More
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    As low as $54.95
  6. 2018 Antica Estate (M. Antinori) Napa Valley Chardonnay A26 Vineyard
    2018 Antica Estate (M. Antinori) Napa Valley Chardonnay A26 Vineyard
    94
    JS
    This is a generous, layered white with lots of cooked apples and hints of coconut and vanilla. Full body. Phenolic tension, too. Lots of white pepper and saltiness underneath. Drin..." Learn More
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    As low as $59.99
  7. 2018 Antica Estate (M. Antinori) Napa Valley Chardonnay A26 Vineyard
    2018 Antica Estate (M. Antinori) Napa Valley Chardonnay A26 Vineyard
    94
    JS
    This is a generous, layered white with lots of cooked apples and hints of coconut and vanilla. Full body. Phenolic tension, too. Lots of white pepper and saltiness underneath. Drin..." Learn More
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    As low as $59.99
  8. 2018 antica estate (m. antinori) napa valley chardonnay mountain select California White
    2018 Antica Estate (M. Antinori) Napa Valley Chardonnay Mountain Select
    93
    JS
    A tight, linear white with sliced green apples and hints of lemons. Some praline character underneath. Full-bodied, firm and focused. Shows Burgundian sensibility with its firmness..." Learn More
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    As low as $26.99
  9. 2018 Antica Estate (M. Antinori) Napa Valley Chardonnay Mountain Select
    2018 Antica Estate (M. Antinori) Napa Valley Chardonnay Mountain Select
    93
    JS
    A tight, linear white with sliced green apples and hints of lemons. Some praline character underneath. Full-bodied, firm and focused. Shows Burgundian sensibility with its firmness..." Learn More
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    As low as $26.99
  10. 2018 arnot roberts trout gulch vineyard chardonnay California White
    2018 Arnot Roberts Trout Gulch Vineyard Chardonnay
    93
    VM
    The 2018 Chardonnay Trout Gulch is loaded with personality and class. Citrus, dried flowers, mint and sage are some of the many nuances that grace this Chardonnay from the southern..." Learn More
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    As low as $39.99
  11. 2018 Aubert Chardonnay Powder House
    2018 Aubert Chardonnay Powder House
    96-99
    RP
    The second vintage of this wine, the 2018 Chardonnay Powder House comes from eight acres of what are now estate-owned vines planted in 2013, to Hyde Old Wente and Mt. Eden clones o..." Learn More
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    As low as $199.00
  12. 2018 aubert lauren vineyard chardonnay California White
    2018 Aubert Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay
    98-100
    RP
    Mark Aubert notes that this is a complex vineyard. It is planted to four different clones: two Old Wente clones, Mount Eden and Corton Charlemagne. The 2018 Chardonnay Lauren Estat..." Learn More
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    As low as $359.00
  13. 2018 chanin chardonnay los alamos vineyard California White
    2018 Chanin Chardonnay Los Alamos Vineyard
    95
    JD
    Brought up in 20% new French oak, the 2018 Chardonnay Los Alamos reveals a light gold hue as well as a beautiful bouquet of stone fruits, toasted bread, almond paste, and honeysuck..." Learn More
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    As low as $39.99
  14. 2018 chanin chardonnay sanford & benedict vineyard California White
    2018 Chanin Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict Vineyard
    95
    DEC
    Aromas of moss and kumquats combine with decadently ripe, yet still refreshing, limpid fruit. The textured palate reflects the stony minerality of the nose in a snappy, svelte pack..." Learn More
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    As low as $52.99
  15. 2018 diatom chardonnay katherines vineyard California White
    2018 Diatom Chardonnay Katherine's Vineyard
    95
    JD
    All clone 4 from a site just beside Bien Nacido, the 2018 Chardonnay Katherine’s has an Alsatian slant in its green citrus, tangerine, white flower, and honeysuckle aromas an..." Learn More
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    As low as $34.99
  16. 2018 hahn estate lucienne chardonnay lone oak vineyard California White
    2018 Hahn Estate Lucienne Chardonnay Lone Oak Vineyard
    93
    VM
    Limpid yellow-gold. Vibrant, mineral- and spice-accented citrus and orchard fruit and jasmine qualities on the highly perfumed nose. Juicy and energetic in the mouth, offering Meye..." Learn More
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    As low as $35.99
  17. 2018 hdv chardonnay hyde vineyard California White
    2018 HDV Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard
    98
    JS
    Opulent aromas of cooked apple, lemon rind, light praline and stone. Full-bodied with linear and lively acidity that runs through the wine. Energetic and bright with tightness and ..." Learn More
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    As low as $75.00
  18. 2018 ramey chardonnay hyde vineyard California White
    2018 Ramey Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard
    100
    WE
    This is a stunner from blocks planted in 1997 and 1999. Beautiful aromas of toasted hazelnut and stone lead to a palate that shows undeniable minerality paired with lasting acidity..." Learn More
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    As low as $79.99
  19. 2018 ramey chardonnay sonoma coast fort ross - seaview California White
    2018 Ramey Chardonnay Sonoma Coast Fort Ross - Seaview
    95
    WE
    This is the second year this wine has been made from grapes grown at the Martinelli Charles Ranch, set at high elevation and only two miles from the ocean. Freshly cut pear, anise ..." Learn More
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    As low as $39.99
  20. 2018 waterstone chardonnay California White
    2018 Waterstone Chardonnay
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    As low as $24.99
  21. 2019 Aubert Chardonnay Powder House
    2019 Aubert Chardonnay Powder House
    97
    JS
    Aromas of stone fruit, baked lemon, dried flowers, jasmine tea and baking spice. Full-bodied with a well-grounded, savory palate of baked citrus, nutmeg and dried lily. A charming ..." Learn More
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    As low as $199.00
  22. 2019 Aubert Sugar Shack Vineyard Chardonnay
    2019 Aubert Sugar Shack Vineyard Chardonnay
    100
    JS
    Such an aromatic nose of fresh hay, meyer lemon, baked green apple and dried herbs. Full-bodied with such an incredible amount of refinement. Sleek and seamless. Nuanced is an unde..." Learn More
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    As low as $239.00
  23. 2019 bedrock wine co. cuvee karatas sonoma county white California White
    2019 Bedrock Wine Co. Cuvee Karatas Sonoma County White
    95
    AG
    The 2019 Cuvée Karatas is one of the most remarkable California whites I have ever tasted. It is a blend of 55% old-vine Sémillon from Monte Rosso and 45% Sauvignon B..." Learn More
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    As low as $49.99
  24. 2019 beringer chardonnay napa California White
    2019 Beringer Chardonnay Napa
    92
    JG
    Lemon curd, baked apple, nutmeg and crushed hazelnut on the nose. Some vanilla, too. It’s full-bodied with a smooth, creamy texture. Layered and delicious. Drink or hold.Jame..." Learn More
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    As low as $19.99
  25. 2019 beringer private reserve chardonnay California White
    2019 Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay
    95
    JS
    Aromas of cooked apple, mango, lemon curd, praline and toffee. It’s full-bodied with crisp acidity and a dense, creamy texture. Flavorful with a solid core of ripe fruit and ..." Learn More
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    As low as $33.95
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