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. 1985 Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva La Storica
    1985 Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva La Storica
    99
    VM
    It’s almost impossible to imagine that the 1985 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva La Storica has just celebrated its thirty-sixth birthday. It displays a brilliant ruby red colo..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,399.00
  2. 1985 ducru beaucaillou Bordeaux Red
    1985 Ducru Beaucaillou
    92
    RP
    A wine of extraordinary charm and elegance, the dark garnet-colored 1985 Ducru-Beaucaillou has a floral, cedary nose intermixed with red and black currants as well as flowers. The ..." Learn More
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    As low as $295.00
  3. 1985 dunn napa cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1985 Dunn Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
    94
    WS
    Intense and concentrated, packed with ripe cassis, cherry and currant flavors that are rich and elegant. The acidity and tannins are crisp and juicy, offering great potential for t..." Learn More
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    As low as $299.00
  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. 1985 grand puy ducasse Bordeaux Red
    1985 Grand Puy Ducasse
    90
    WS
    Very pretty plum, cherry and cedar flavors in a sleek, elegant, well define ins are supple and in proportion.Wine Spectator | 90 WS..." Learn More
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    As low as $99.95
  6. 1985 gruaud larose Bordeaux Red
    1985 Gruaud Larose
    91
    RP
    Fully mature, the dark garnet-colored 1985 exhibits notes of tapenade, earth, sweet berry and black currant fruit, and possibly a hint of black truffles. The wine is lush, medium t..." Learn More
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    As low as $190.00
  7. 1985 haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1985 Haut Brion
    96
    JG
    (Château Haut-Brion) The 1985 Château Haut-Brion is a brilliant wine. Like the ’85 La Mission, this wine is still a bit primary and in need of further bottle age ..." Learn More
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    As low as $770.00
  8. 1985 la lagune Bordeaux Red
    1985 La Lagune
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    As low as $115.00
  9. 1985 latour Bordeaux Red
    1985 Latour
    93
    JS
    Aromas of mint and currants with some spices. Full and velvety texture with fresh and clean fruit and a yummy finish. Drink it.James Suckling | 93 JSRich and ripe wine. Dark red co..." Learn More
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    As low as $755.00
  10. 1985 margaux Bordeaux Red
    1985 Margaux
    95
    DEC
    On this tasting, Margaux 1985 is holding up the best of the Firsts, with the seductive opulence and caressing fruits that have been a marker of this wine for much of its life, now ..." Learn More
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    As low as $899.00
  11. 1985 mouton rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1985 Mouton Rothschild
    99
    JS
    What an awe-inspiring nose of currants, shaved lead pencil, white truffles and earth. It's full-bodied and enveloped by silky tannins that lead to an earthy, long finish. Old, trad..." Learn More
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    As low as $710.00
  12. 1985 palmer Bordeaux Red
    1985 Palmer
    90
    RP-NM
    Tasted at the Château Palmer vertical in London, the 1985 Château Palmer was clearly a favourite amongst the participants in the tasting, although here I actually concu..." Learn More
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    As low as $400.00
  13. 1985 paul aine jaboulet hermitage la chapelle Hermitage
    1985 Paul Aine Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle
    96
    JS
    Hints of amber to the brick-red center color. It shows lots of saffron, mushroom, forest floor, pastrami and other dried meats. Full body with incredible silky tannins and a depth ..." Learn More
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    As low as $330.00
  14. 1985 pavillon rouge Bordeaux Red
    1985 Pavillon Rouge
    93
    WS
    Rich and massive but elegant too. It's loaded with berry, cassis and mint flavors and a wallop of tannin and oak. But it's pretty and refined, and this is just Margaux's second lab..." Learn More
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    As low as $255.00
  15. 1985 petrus Bordeaux Red
    1985 Petrus
    93
    WS
    Another superb bottle from Pétrus. Solid as a rock with mint, raspberry, cherry and tar character, full body and firm tannins. Needs time. Try after 1998.--The Bordeaux 50.W..." Learn More
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    As low as $7,620.00
  16. 1985 trotanoy Bordeaux Red
    1985 Trotanoy
    95
    WS
    Could outdo the '86. Packed with fruit, massive, with ripe berry and chocolate flavors, good structure. A classic style.--Trotanoy vertical.Wine Spectator | 95 WS..." Learn More
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    As low as $365.00
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