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. 2016 albert boxler gewurztraminer reserve Alsace White
    2016 Albert Boxler Gewurztraminer Reserve
    93
    RP
    The 2016 Gewurztraminer Réserve is beautifully clear and defined on the nose, displaying an intense tropical fruit bouquet (passion fruit). Creamy and intense on the palate,..." Learn More
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    As low as $41.99
  2. 2016 altesino brunello di montalcino Brunello
    2016 Altesino Brunello Di Montalcino
    95+
    JD
    The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino has remarkably consistent integration from the nose to the palate. There are generous aromatics of fresh raspberry, rosemary, lavender and Mediterra..." Learn More
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    As low as $49.99
  3. 2016 antonin guyon volnay 1er cru clos des chenes Burgundy Red
    2016 Antonin Guyon Volnay 1er Cru Clos Des Chenes
    92+
    JG
    (Volnay “Clos des Chênes”- Domaine Antonin Guyon) I always like the Guyon family’s Clos des Chênes and the 2016 is another fine example in the making...." Learn More
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    As low as $69.99
  4. 2016 az agr gini soave classico la frosca Italy (Other)
    2016 Az Agr Gini Soave Classico la Frosca
    96
    DEC
    Brothers Claudio and Sandro Gini make wines of polished refinement and longevity which are rightly considered among the classics of the denomination. La Froscà is sourced fr..." Learn More
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    As low as $24.99
  5. 2016 batailley Bordeaux Red
    2016 Batailley
    96
    JS
    Shows beautiful, ripe cabernet aromas with currants, plums, meat and smoke. Flowers, too. Full body, deep and ripe fruit and exquisite, ripe tannins. Flavorful finish. Tight right ..." Learn More
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    As low as $69.95
  6. 2016 beychevelle Bordeaux Red
    2016 Beychevelle
    96
    JD
    I was able to taste the 2016 Château Beychevelle on two occasions, and it showed beautifully both times. This is also the first vintage made in the new cellar. Medium to full..." Learn More
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    3L
    As low as $690.00
  7. 2016 blason dissan Bordeaux Red
    2016 Blason d'Issan
    95
    WE
    This wine has an austere structure, with firm tannins. The fruit comes through slowly, revealing an attractive black-currant flavor and ample acidity. This will be a very fine wine..." Learn More
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    As low as $50.00
  8. 2016 branaire ducru Bordeaux Red
    2016 Branaire Ducru
    96
    WS
    The core of this red is loaded with pure plum, blueberry and black currant fruit flavors. The polished structure is integrated, with alluring ganache, anise and sweet tobacco notes..." Learn More
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    As low as $74.95
  9. 2016 Brigaldara Amarone della Valpolicella Case Vecie
    2016 Brigaldara Amarone della Valpolicella Case Vecie
    96+
    VM
    The 2016 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Case Vecie seduces with a beguiling and lifted mix of crushed stone, dusty rose and bright cherry. This is dark and velvety, moody in f..." Learn More
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    As low as $75.99
  10. 2016 brillette Bordeaux Red
    2016 Brillette
    91
    WE
    From vines on deep gravel, this wine has minerality along with dense fruits. Its concentration from the ripe Merlot has given this full-blooded wine richness and density, restraine..." Learn More
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    As low as $35.00
  11. 2016 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche Riserva
    2016 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche Riserva
    100
    JS
    This is the second 100-point Vigna Le Rocche, following the 2015. What the former had in intensity of fruit and transparency, this has in structure and power. The purity of fruit i..." Learn More
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    As low as $699.00
  12. 2016 calon segur Bordeaux Red
    2016 Calon Segur
    98
    JS
    Superb aromas of crushed berries, violets and sandalwood with hints of cedar and roses. Full body, very fine tannins and savory, delicious fruit. Vibrant acidity combines beautiful..." Learn More
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    As low as $245.00
  13. 2016 caprili brunello di montalcino Brunello
    2016 Caprili Brunello di Montalcino
    96
    WE
    Classic Sangiovese aromas of wild berry, forest floor, rose and new leather waft out of the glass along with whiffs of camphor. Delicious and smooth, the elegantly structured palat..." Learn More
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    As low as $45.95
  14. 2016 capture revelation cabernet sauvignon California Red
    2016 Capture Revelation Cabernet Sauvignon
    98
    JD
    The flagship of the estate, from the best block of the estate vineyard, the 2016 Revelation Red Wine is all Cabernet Sauvignon aged 20 months in 65% new French oak. Its deep purple..." Learn More
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    As low as $89.00
  15. 2016 Carter Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard The G.T.O.
    2016 Carter Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard The G.T.O.
    100
    RP
    The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon The G T O is very deep purple-black in color. Bam! Out of the gate it produces an incredibly alluring nose of freshly crushed black..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,399.00
  16. 2016 casanova di neri brunello di montalcino Brunello
    2016 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino
    95
    DEC
    The 2016 vintage was marked by significant day and nighttime temperature differences. Gianlorenzo Neri says this was particularly pronounced in Montalcino’s northeast, where ..." Learn More
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    As low as $57.95
  17. 2016 casanova di neri brunello tenuta nuova Brunello
    2016 Casanova di Neri Brunello Tenuta Nuova
    99
    JS
    Aromas of blackberries, cherries, violets and bark with mahogany. It’s full-bodied and chewy with intense tannins that are layered and focused. The fruit is pure and purposef..." Learn More
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    As low as $239.00
  18. 2016 catena zapata alta malbec Argentina Red
    2016 Catena Zapata Alta Malbec
    94
    RP
    I also had the chance to taste the 2016 Catena Alta Malbec, when they used a higher percentage of grapes from Nicasia. In this vintage, it's truly 100% Malbec that fermented in tan..." Learn More
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    As low as $39.99
  19. 2016 charmail Bordeaux Red
    2016 Charmail
    94
    DEC
    Tons of personality and concentration, delivering on 2016 expectations. Cassis, chocolate, slate, clear oak toasting well handled. One that shows the value at this level of cru bou..." Learn More
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    As low as $26.99
  20. 2016 Chateau Grand Corbin
    2016 Chateau Grand Corbin
    93
    JS
    Attractive dark-stone aromas with graphite and ripe dark berries sit fresh on the nose. The palate has a riper feel with very rich, dense fruit presence and a heavier, tannin line ..." Learn More
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    As low as $36.99
  21. 2016 chateau sixtine chateauneuf du pape Chateauneuf du Pape
    2016 Chateau Sixtine Chateauneuf du Pape
    97
    JD
    The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Château Sixtine is the finest vintage of this cuvée ever made, surpassing the 2003, 2007, and 2010. Deep purple/ruby-colored, with a..." Learn More
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    As low as $64.95
  22. 2016 chauvin Bordeaux Red
    2016 Chauvin
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    As low as $60.00
  23. 2016 ciacci piccolomini brunello di mont pianrosso Brunello
    2016 Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello di Mont Pianrosso
    98
    JS
    Lots going on here with black plums, ripe cherries, cedar, smoke and cocoa on the nose. Ash, chocolate, crushed walnuts and some praline. Mushrooms. This has firm, ripe tannins and..." Learn More
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    As low as $189.00
  24. 2016 cieck san giorgio erbaluce di caluso spumante Sparkling
    2016 Cieck San Giorgio Erbaluce di Caluso Spumante
    ..." Learn More
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    As low as $32.95
  25. 2016 clerc milon Bordeaux Red
    2016 Clerc Milon
    95
    JD
    I was able to taste the 2016 Château Clerc Milon on multiple occasions and it was always brilliant, showing a deep ruby/purple color as well as sexy aromas and flavors of cr&..." Learn More
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    As low as $165.00
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