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. 1983 guigal cote rotie la landonne Cote Rotie
    1983 Guigal Cote Rotie la Landonne
    98
    RP
    This murky, purple/garnet-colored wine offers up an exotic nose of tea, smoked duck, licorice, truffles, and earth. Extraordinarily concentrated, and almost too rich to be called a..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,300.00
  2. 1996 chapoutier cote rotie la mordoree Cote Rotie
    1996 Chapoutier Cote Rotie ''La Mordoree''
    91
    RP
    I was less impressed with the 1996 Cote Rotie La Mordoree from bottle than I was from cask. Michel Chapoutier still believes it is one of the finest examples he has produced, but a..." Learn More
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    As low as $170.00
  3. 1996 guigal cote rotie la landonne Cote Rotie
    1996 Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne
    93
    RP
    The 1996 Cote Rotie La Landonne was herbaceous early in life, but is now revealing a black olive/tapenade, melted asphalt character in its smoky, earthy, animal, blackberry, leathe..." Learn More
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    As low as $445.00
  4. 1998 guigal cote rotie la mouline Cote Rotie
    1998 Guigal Cote Rotie La Mouline
    97
    RP
    The awesome 1998 Cote Rotie La Mouline is a seamless, full-bodied classic with many characteristics of the 1997 La Landonne , but more structure, tannin, and muscle. It will need t..." Learn More
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    As low as $770.00
  5. 1998 rene rostaing cote rotie la landonne Cote Rotie
    1998 Rene Rostaing Cote Rotie La Landonne
    94+
    JG
    (Côte-Rôtie “La Landonne”- René Rostaing) The 1998 La Landonne from Domaine Rostaing is even more refined than the 1999, with its slightly more high-..." Learn More
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    As low as $500.00
  6. 1999 guigal cote rotie la landonne Cote Rotie
    1999 Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne
    100
    RP
    I have given perfect scores to other vintages of La Landonne, but the black/purple-colored 1999 Cote Rotie La Landonne may be the finest effort Guigal has ever coaxed out of this v..." Learn More
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    As low as $945.00
  7. 1999 guigal cote rotie la mouline Cote Rotie
    1999 Guigal Cote Rotie La Mouline
    100
    RP
    The 1999 Cote Rotie la Mouline is straight-up awesome on all accounts. Drinking beautifully, with explosive aromas and flavors of blackberry, smoked meats, pepper and exotic flower..." Learn More
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    As low as $945.00
  8. 1999 guigal cote rotie la turque Cote Rotie
    1999 Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque
    100
    RP
    The 1999 Cote Rotie La Turque reveals notes of toasty vanilla and espresso in addition to Asian spices, mocha, pepper, blackberries, creosote, and roasted meats. The exotic perfume..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,239.00
  9. 2009 guigal cote rotie la landonne Cote Rotie
    2009 Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne
    100
    JD
    I’ve been lucky to have drunk close to a case of the 2009 Côte Rôtie La Landonne, and if there’s a more perfect Syrah out there, I don’t know of it. R..." Learn More
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    As low as $629.00
  10. 2009 guigal cote rotie la turque Cote Rotie
    2009 Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque
    100
    JD
    Possibly my favorite vintage ever for the Northern Rhône (2010 and 2015 are both in the running), the 2009 Côte Rôtie La Turque is a mammoth of wine that offers e..." Learn More
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    As low as $625.00
  11. 2010 guigal cote rotie la turque Cote Rotie
    2010 Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque
    100
    JD
    As with the 2009, the 2010 Côte Rôtie La Turque represents the pinnacle of red wine and, in this reviewer’s opinion, couldn’t be any better. A dense purple ..." Learn More
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    As low as $589.00
  12. 2015 guigal cote rotie la turque Cote Rotie
    2015 Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque
    100
    JD
    A perfect wine in every way, the 2015 Côte Rôtie La Turque comes from an incredible terroir on the Côte Brune and includes 7% Viognier. Stylistically, it normally..." Learn More
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    As low as $469.00
  13. 2017 e. guigal cote rotie la turque Cote Rotie
    2017 E. Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque
    100
    JD
    One of the legendary vintages for this cuvée is the 2017 Côte Rôtie La Turque, a blend of 93% Syrah and 7% Viognier from a tiny parcel in the Côte Brune li..." Learn More
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    As low as $389.00
  14. 2018 e. guigal cote rotie chateau dampuis Cote Rotie
    2018 E. Guigal Cote Rotie Chateau D'Ampuis
    97-99
    JD
    I was blown away by the 2018 Côte Rôtie Château D'Ampuis, which is certainly in the same league as the famed La Las. Coming from seven single vineyards and seeing..." Learn More
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    As low as $109.00
  15. 2018 E. Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne
    2018 E. Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne
    98-100
    JD
    The 2018 Côte Rôtie La Landonne is another wine that’s going to be up at the top of the scale, and all three of these 2018s will be candidates for perfection. Alw..." Learn More
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    As low as $449.00
  16. 2018 E. Guigal Cote Rotie La Mouline
    2018 E. Guigal Cote Rotie La Mouline
    98-100
    RP
    Like the 2017, Guigal's 2018 Cote Rotie La Mouline boasts incredible aromatics, with highs ranging from violets and peppery spice to ripe blueberries and raspberries. The oak is in..." Learn More
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    As low as $439.00
  17. 2018 E. Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque
    2018 E. Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque
    98-100
    JD
    Tasting like the 2015, yet with perhaps slightly more elegance, the 2018 Côte Rôtie La Turque reveals a saturated purple color as well as blockbuster notes of crè..." Learn More
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    As low as $449.00
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