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. 1967 Mont Redon Chateauneuf du Pape
    1967 Mont Redon Chateauneuf du Pape
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    Formats Available:
    As low as $400.00
  3. 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
  4. 1976 Krug Collection
    1976 Krug Collection
    92
    WS
    A gorgeous but extreme style of Champagne that's fully mature in flavor yet lively in balance. It's deep gold in color, smooth in texture and long on the finish. Intricate accents ..." Learn More
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    As low as $2,805.00
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 1986 dominus California Red
    1986 Dominus
    93
    RP
    I did not pick this out as Dominus in the blind tasting, largely because it came across as such a young, rich, blockbuster wine. One of the richest, densest, most concentrated offe..." Learn More
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    As low as $359.00
  8. 1986 joseph phelps insignia California Red
    1986 Joseph Phelps Insignia
    94
    RP
    This surprisingly rich, dark garnet-colored Insignia displays notes of cedarwood, tobacco leaf, black currants, graphite and damp earth. Medium to full-bodied with remarkable densi..." Learn More
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    As low as $359.00
  9. 1988 felsina fontalloro Super Tuscan/IGT
    1988 Felsina Fontalloro
    93
    WS
    A superbly structured wine, with impressive aromas and flavors of violets, berries and mint. Its full body and super tannins set up well for the concentrated, fruity finish. Try af..." Learn More
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    As low as $140.00
  10. 1988 krug Champagne
    1988 Krug
    98
    RP
    Krug's 1988 Brut has long numbered among my very favorite vintages for this house, with the best bottles flirting with a three-digit score. Offering up complex aromas of apricot, c..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,555.00
  11. 1989 Krug Collection
    1989 Krug Collection
    96
    JG
    (Krug Collection Brut) The 1989 Krug Collection is absolutely brilliant Champagne and one of the best bottles of wine I have had the pleasure to taste this year. The totally &agrav..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,770.00
  12. 1989 Louis Roederer Cristal
    1989 Louis Roederer Cristal
    98
    VM
    The 1989 Roederer Cristal was the most understated of these three wines. It showed incredible clarity and depth, with superbly well-delineated, floral notes intertwined with ripe f..." Learn More
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    As low as $805.00
  13. 1990 isole e olena cepparello Super Tuscan/IGT
    1990 Isole e Olena Cepparello
    94
    AG
    The 1990 Cepparello is in my opinion the first modern Cepparello. Even today the wine remains deep, layered and powerful. The racy, fleshy personality is pure 1990. A final burst o..." Learn More
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    As low as $155.00
  14. 1990 Louis Roederer Cristal
    1990 Louis Roederer Cristal
    99
    DEC
    Unusually, the 1990 vintage produced grapes with high sugars and high acidity, which has led to this legendary Cristal which is so ripe, rich, limpid, and dazzlingly delicious on t..." Learn More
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    6L
    As low as $10,535.00
  15. 1990 moet chandon dom perignon Champagne
    1990 Moet Chandon Dom Perignon
    99
    JS
    This is really incredible with orange peel, dried pineapple and flan. Exotic. Full body, round and savory. Crazy character at the finish of cooked pineapple and tart tartine. Gorge..." Learn More
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    As low as $599.00
  16. 1991 grahams vintage port Port
    1991 Grahams Vintage Port
    94
    RP
    Graham's 1991 Vintage Port gets my nod as the port of the vintage. While keeping in mind that Graham's aims for a sweeter-styled port, there is no doubting the opaque purple/black ..." Learn More
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    As low as $105.00
  17. 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
  18. 1994 beaucastel cdp hommage a jacques perrin Chateauneuf du Pape
    1994 Beaucastel CDP Hommage a Jacques Perrin
    96
    RP
    The two limited cuvees of Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage a Jacques Perrin are spectacular in both 1994 and 1995, but each will require 10-15 years of cellaring. Less than 300 cases we..." Learn More
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    As low as $500.00
  19. 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
  20. 1994 fonterutoli siepi Italy (Other)
    1994 Fonterutoli Siepi
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    As low as $105.00
  21. 1995 brumont boucasse vieilles vignes madiran France (Other)
    1995 Brumont Boucasse Vieilles Vignes Madiran
    91
    WS
    Gorgeous aromas of roasted coffee and vanilla yield to flavors of cassis, chocolate and tobacco in this massive, backward wine. Its wall of tannin needs to be resolved, but the con..." Learn More
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    As low as $54.95
  22. 1995 castello dama vigna lapparita Italy (Other)
    1995 Castello D'Ama Vigna L'Apparita
    92
    WS
    Wonderful floral, berry and cocoa aromas. Full-bodied, with fine, polished tannins and a long finish with dark chocolate and berry on the aftertaste. A sleek, racy Merlot from a re..." Learn More
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    As low as $185.00
  23. 1995 chateau tirecul la graviere cuvee madame Loire (Other)
    1995 Chateau Tirecul La Graviere Cuvee Madame
    100
    JD
    As good (better??) than the 2001, the 1995 Monbazillac Cuvee Madame is straight up extraordinary juice that certainly one of the finest dessert wines I’ve ever tasted. A blen..." Learn More
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    As low as $285.00
  24. 1996 brumont boucasse vieilles vignes madiran France (Other)
    1996 Brumont Boucasse Vieilles Vignes Madiran
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    As low as $54.95
  25. 1997 argiano solengo Super Tuscans/IGT
    1997 Argiano Solengo
    94
    RP
    The profound 1997 Solengo vino da tavola (a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon with a tiny dosage of Syrah) is spectacular. Opaque purple-colored, it displays a fabulously ..." Learn More
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    As low as $330.00
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