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
    Formats Available:
    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. 1987 produttori del barbaresco barbaresco Barbaresco
    1987 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco
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    As low as $125.00
  5. 1988 produttori del barbaresco barbaresco Barbaresco
    1988 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco
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    As low as $120.00
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 2001 bruno giacosa barbaresco asili Barbaresco
    2001 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili
    96+
    AG
    Things kicked up several notches with a flight of Barbareschis from the famed Asili vineyard. Asili is in the village of Barbaresco, where the wines are generally more feminine tha..." Learn More
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    As low as $585.00
  15. 2001 bruno giacosa barbaresco santo stefano Barbaresco
    2001 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano
    94+
    AG
    I am shocked (pleasantly, I must say), by how closed the 2001 Barbaresco Santo Stefano is. Powerful, tightly wound and totally closed down, the 2001 exudes class. Orange rind, toba..." Learn More
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    As low as $395.00
  16. 2003 produttori del barbaresco barbaresco Barbaresco
    2003 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco
    91
    AG
    Readers should make a point to should check out the estate's 2003 Barbaresco as this year's release is off the charts. The single-vineyard Riservas will not be produced in 2003 and..." Learn More
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    As low as $79.95
  17. 2010 gaja barbaresco Barbaresco
    2010 Gaja Barbaresco
    95
    WE
    Gaja's classic Barbaresco is gorgeous in 2010, showing an intense perfume of violet, earth and ripe red fruits punctuated by balsamic notes. The palate delivers rich wild cherry no..." Learn More
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    As low as $330.00
  18. 2010 gaja barbaresco sori san lorenzo Barbaresco
    2010 Gaja Barbaresco Sori San Lorenzo
    98
    RP
    A banner wine for Gaja, the 2010 Sori San Lorenzo brings the infinite and ethereal aromas associated with Nebbiolo into startling focus and clarity. Again, like the Sori Tildin, th..." Learn More
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    As low as $559.00
  19. 2012 produttori del barbaresco barbaresco Barbaresco
    2012 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco
    93
    RP
    Most of Produttori del Barbaresco's production is dedicated to their so-called base wine (which enjoy a very strong following throughout the wine world). The 2012 Barbaresco is a b..." Learn More
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    As low as $155.00
  20. 2014 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Montestefano Riserva
    2014 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Montestefano Riserva
    96
    WE
    Forest floor, red-skinned berry, leather and tobacco aromas mingle with a balsamic note. The focused, structured palate delivers juicy Morello cherry, raspberry compote and licoric..." Learn More
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    As low as $155.00
  21. 2015 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Montestefano Riserva
    2015 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Montestefano Riserva
    94
    AG
    The 2015 Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano rounds out this series of wines from Produttori del Barbaresco. Ample and resonant on the palate, the Montestefano shows all the natural br..." Learn More
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    As low as $155.00
  22. 2016 gaja barbaresco sori san lorenzo Barbaresco
    2016 Gaja Barbaresco Sori San Lorenzo
    100
    W&S
    In 2004, the Gaja family began an intensive program to improve their vineyards, implementing organic composting, taking steps to increase biodiversity, and modifying the pruning sy..." Learn More
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    As low as $679.00
  23. 2016 gaja barbaresco sori tildin Barbaresco
    2016 Gaja Barbaresco Sori Tildin
    100
    AG
    The 2016 Barbaresco Sorì Tildìn is a fabulous, incredibly complete wine that soars out of the glass with explosive structure and vertical lift. The tannins are very m..." Learn More
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    As low as $589.00
  24. 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Montestefano Riserva
    2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Montestefano Riserva
    98
    AG
    The 2016 Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano is another profound wine in this lineup. There is virtually no perception of tannin, as the fruit is so rich and so voluptuous. Dark cherry..." Learn More
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    As low as $240.00
  25. 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Ovello Riserva
    2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Ovello Riserva
    97+
    AG
    The 2016 Barbaresco Riserva Ovello is the most severe and angular of these wines. It will appeal most to die-hard classicists. Chalk, white pepper, mint and sweet red cherry fruit ..." Learn More
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    As low as $115.00
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