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. 1988 cheval blanc Bordeaux Red
    1988 Cheval Blanc
    93
    WS
    Berry, cherry and chocolate on the nose, with hints of spices. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a spicy, cedary, dark chocolate aftertaste. Very silky and caressing. Grabs your ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $770.00
  2. 1988 clerc milon Bordeaux Red
    1988 Clerc Milon
    92
    WS
    Very ripe forest fruits, with cèpe and other mushrooms. A little reserved. Turns to currant with air. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and big, velvety tannins. Persi..." Learn More
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    As low as $135.00
  3. 1988 cos destournel Bordeaux Red
    1988 Cos D'Estournel
    92
    WS
    Beautiful aromas of fresh herbs, such as tarragon and mint, with berry and cherry undertones. Medium- to full-bodied, with fine tannins that are polished and very pretty. Caressing..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $289.00
  4. 1988 dyquem Dessert White
    1988 d'Yquem
    99
    RP
    The 1988 is a backward-styled Yquem, built along the lines of the extraordinary 1975. With a honeyed, smoky, orange/coconut/pineapple-scented nose, this powerful wine possesses ful..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $299.00
  5. 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
  6. 1988 haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1988 Haut Brion
    98
    WS
    The wine of the vintage and one of the greatest Haut-Brions ever made. Superpowerful and ripe, with masses of spice, mint and berry character. Full-bodied, with full yet polished t..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $700.00
  7. 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
    Formats Available:
    As low as $1,530.00
  8. 1988 levangile Bordeaux Red
    1988 L'Evangile
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    Formats Available:
    As low as $195.00
  9. 1988 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1988 Lafite Rothschild
    96
    DEC
    This was a vintage that remained tight and closed for a long time. They are just starting to drink this at the chateau apparently, as Salin says it is their dinner wine right now. ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $1,145.00
  10. 1988 latour Bordeaux Red
    1988 Latour
    96
    WS
    So minty, with loads of subtle ripe fruit and eucalyptus undertones. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and a long, long finish. Caresses every inch of the palate. It's the qualit..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $795.00
  11. 1988 leoville las cases Bordeaux Red
    1988 Leoville Las Cases
    96
    DEC
    (Château Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien, Red) This 1988 is still youthful with chewy tannins and a menthol send off. It's full of rich, concentrated spice, cloves and c..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $415.00
  12. 1988 margaux Bordeaux Red
    1988 Margaux
    95
    WS
    This has both sinew and flesh, with taut dried red currant, blackberry and plum skin notes that are forced to expand outward as the core of black tea, charcoal, plum paste and dark..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $735.00
  13. 1988 montrose Bordeaux Red
    1988 Montrose
    93
    JS
    Very fresh still with a licorice and floral character that turned to sweet tobacco and plums. Full and silky, with ripe and fine tannins. Wonderful to drink now.James Suckling | 93..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $230.00
  14. 1988 palmer Bordeaux Red
    1988 Palmer
    90
    WS
    Aromas of coffee bean, tobacco and plum follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a long finish. A little rustic, but rich and youthful. Chewy. It would be better with ..." Learn More
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    As low as $350.00
  15. 1988 pape clement Bordeaux Red
    1988 Pape Clement
    94
    WS
    Aromas of iodine, pipe tobacco and red fruits follow through to a full body, with soft and silky tannins and intense flavors of tar, berry, and licorice. Beautiful texture too. Lon..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $190.00
  16. 1988 pavie Bordeaux Red
    1988 Pavie
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    Formats Available:
    As low as $330.00
  17. 1988 petrus Bordeaux Red
    1988 Petrus
    95
    WS
    Subtle yet rich aromas of grilled meat, black olive and dark red fruits. Full-bodied, very soft and silky, with ultrarefined tannins. The finish lasts for minutes. The quality of t..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $4,590.00
  18. 1988 produttori del barbaresco barbaresco Barbaresco
    1988 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco
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    Formats Available:
    As low as $120.00
  19. 1988 Prunotto Barolo Bussia
    1988 Prunotto Barolo Bussia
    90
    RP
    This firm has been making spectacular wines recently. Their 1988s are excellent, and their 1989s potentially superb. This difference in vintages is well-displayed in Prunotto's Bar..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $400.00
  20. 1988 silverado napa cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1988 Silverado Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
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    Formats Available:
    As low as $239.00
  21. 1988 tenuta dellornellaia masseto Super Tuscans/IGT
    1988 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto
    98
    DEC
    The vines were five years old in 1988, the age at which the plants usually begin to show a natural balance and announce their sense of place. This is the official second year for M..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $1,660.00
  22. 1988 trotanoy Bordeaux Red
    1988 Trotanoy
    93
    WS
    Aromas of coffee bean, dried flowers and blackberry follow through to a full body, with very sweet and ripe fruit. Long and flavorful, with dark chocolate, tobacco and plum. Comple..." Learn More
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    As low as $275.00
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