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. 1963 quinta do noval nacional Port
    1963 Quinta Do Noval Nacional
    100
    JG
    (Quinta do Noval Nacional) I had never tasted the legendary 1963 Nacional previously, and this stunningly pure and still almost youthful wine was every bit as profound as its reput..." Learn More
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    As low as $7,035.00
  2. 1969 quinta vale d. maria very old tawny colheita porto Port
    1969 Quinta Vale D. Maria Very Old Tawny Colheita Porto
    96
    WE
    This limited production wine from one cask of aged tawny is amazingly concentrated. The spice, the wood flavors and the acidity have all come together to a point of supreme maturit..." Learn More
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    As low as $579.00
  3. 1977 grahams vintage port Port
    1977 Grahams Vintage Port
    93
    RP
    Graham is another great port house, producing one of the deepest-colored and sweetest styles of vintage port. Along with Taylor and Fonseca, Graham has probably been the most consi..." Learn More
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    As low as $155.00
  4. 1985 fonseca Port
    1985 Fonseca
    93
    RP-NM
    The 1985 Fonseca is still youthful in appearance with hardly any ageing on the rim. The nose offers kirsch, sloes and Christmas cake. With time, there are subtle notes of dried fig..." Learn More
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    As low as $100.00
  5. 1992 taylor fladgate vintage port Port
    1992 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port
    100
    RP
    Taylor's 1992 Vintage Port is unquestionably the greatest young port I have ever tasted. It represents the essence of what vintage port can achieve. The color is an opaque black/pu..." Learn More
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    As low as $259.00
  6. 1994 fonseca Port
    1994 Fonseca
    100
    WS
    Hold on to your hat. This is the best Fonseca since 1977, and it's probably even better than that classic vintage--more like the breathtaking 1948. Mind-blowing, with masses of col..." Learn More
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    As low as $180.00
  7. 1997 fonseca Port
    1997 Fonseca
    95
    W&S
    No written review provided | 95 W&SFull saturated ruby. Inky, brooding aromas of syrupy black fruits and violet. Dense, thick and tactile, with superb depth of flavor and compellin..." Learn More
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    As low as $74.99
  8. 1997 grahams vintage port Port
    1997 Grahams Vintage Port
    94
    WS
    Still a bit compact, as the core of warm steeped fig, blackberry and black currant fruit hasn't stretched out fully yet. However, there's so much warm toffee, toasted peanut and si..." Learn More
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    As low as $79.99
  9. 1997 quinta do noval vintage port Port
    1997 Quinta Do Noval Vintage Port
    100
    RP
    The 1997 vintage port is the greatest Quinta do Noval I have ever tasted. The wine of the vintage, this black/purple-colored port boasts fabulous aromatics (espresso, blackberries,..." Learn More
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    As low as $215.00
  10. 1997 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port
    1997 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port
    96
    RP
    Saturated black/purple-colored, with stunning aromatics of blueberries, blackberries, licorice, and iron, this spectacular vintage port is one of the stars of the vintage. Extremel..." Learn More
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    As low as $250.00
  11. 1997 warres vintage port Port
    1997 Warre's Vintage Port
    94
    WS
    Dark in profile, with warm buckwheat, singed juniper and espresso notes leading off, backed by warm black currant and fig compote flavors. Has heft, but the brambly undertow is eas..." Learn More
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    As low as $64.99
  12. 2000 fonseca Port
    2000 Fonseca
    96
    RP-NM
    The 2000 Fonseca continues to exude finesse and focus on the nose, with pure blackberry, juniper berries, licorice and a touch of sloes, perhaps as Adrian Bridge remarked, just beg..." Learn More
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    As low as $85.00
  13. 2007 fonseca Port
    2007 Fonseca
    97+
    JG
    (Fonseca) I have a very soft spot in my heart for the style of Fonseca, so I may be a bit biased in my praise of their 2007, but this is unequivocally the greatest young vintage of..." Learn More
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    As low as $85.00
  14. 2015 quinta da corte lvb late bottled vintage port Port
    2015 Quinta da Corte LVB Late Bottled Vintage Port
    90
    RP
    The 2015 Late Bottled Vintage Port is a field blend aged for 48 months in old Portuguese vats. It was bottled in April 2019, unfiltered, with 84 grams of sugar and a bar-top cork. ..." Learn More
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    As low as $39.99
  15. 2016 fonseca Port
    2016 Fonseca
    98
    JS
    Lots of ripe fruit here with raisins and wet earth that turn to violets and hot stones. Full-bodied, tannic and powerful with fantastic grip and intensity. Grabs you. Impressive. D..." Learn More
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    As low as $80.00
  16. 2016 quinta do noval vintage port Port
    2016 Quinta Do Noval Vintage Port
    98
    JS
    This is a superb baby Noval that reminds me of the 1966. Chewy yet so polished. The light sweetness suggests an overall dialing back of the sugar content. Stemmy and lightly green...." Learn More
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    As low as $95.00
  17. 2017 quinta do vale dona maria vintage port Port
    2017 Quinta Do Vale Dona Maria Vintage Port
    96
    WS
    Intense, featuring an energetic core of black Mission fig, açaí berry and blackberry fruit, all entwined with strands of licorice snap, singed alder, tar and cassis b..." Learn More
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    As low as $69.99
  18. 2017 taylor fladgate vintage port Port
    2017 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port
    99
    JS
    Complex aromas of tar, wet earth, dark berry and flowers follow through to a full body, medium sweet and amazing compacted concentration. Vertical and so deep. It goes on for minut..." Learn More
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    As low as $89.99
  19. 2019 quinta do portal mural reserva Port
    2019 Quinta do Portal Mural Reserva
    92
    WE
    Still young, this ripe and densely fruity wine is set for some fine aging. With its structured black fruits that are striated with minerality and cut by juicy acidity, it is dense ..." Learn More
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    As low as $13.99
  20. mixe taylor fladgate vintage port collectors 3-pack (1985, 1994, 2003) Port
    Mixe Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Collector's 3-Pack (1985, 1994, 2003)
    ..." Learn More
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    As low as $595.00
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