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. 2013 climens Dessert White
    2013 Climens
    97
    WS
    There's loads here, with apricot, nectarine and clementine flavors stitched with a racy orange zest note to give energy, while tropical papaya and mango flavors add a sublimely cre..." Learn More
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    As low as $70.00
  2. 2013 dyquem Dessert White
    2013 d'Yquem
    98
    JS
    Bright aromas of sliced mangoes, papaya, botrytis, and lemon follow through to a full body. Medium sweet with a phenolic palate that gives the wine structure and beauty. Electric a..." Learn More
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    As low as $260.00
  3. 2013 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Trailer Vineyard
    2013 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Trailer Vineyard
    100
    DEC
    The Dunns' Trailer Vineyard, perched high on Howell Mountain at around 2,100 ft, was planted in 1972 with a low-yielding selection Cabernet Sauvignon and finally replanted after th..." Learn More
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    As low as $599.00
  4. 2013 gaston chiquet special club brut Champagne
    2013 Gaston Chiquet Special Club Brut
    96
    AG
    The 2013 Brut Spécial Club is another superb wine in this range. All of the breadth and pedigree of this great vintage comes through. Dried pear, ginger, spice and dried flo..." Learn More
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    As low as $87.99
  5. 2013 giscours Bordeaux Red
    2013 Giscours
    93
    WE
    This wine is firm with plenty of structured tannins along with warm, ripe blackberry fruit that will allow it to develop well. In the generous style of Giscours, the wine is concen..." Learn More
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    As low as $120.00
  6. 2013 gruaud larose Bordeaux Red
    2013 Gruaud Larose
    90
    WE
    Black-currant fruit and attractive acidity are layered with ripe, dark tannins and concentration. The potential is there, although it is likely be over the short term. Drink from 2..." Learn More
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    As low as $105.00
  7. 2013 horsepower vineyards syrah the tribe vineyard Washington Red
    2013 Horsepower Vineyards Syrah The Tribe Vineyard
    96
    RP
    Just ever so slightly richer and more textured than the Sur Echalas Vineyard, the 2013 Syrah The Tribe Vineyard is a blockbuster effort that is up there with the crème de la..." Learn More
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    As low as $425.00
  8. 2013 il marroneto bdm riserva madonna delle grazia Brunello
    2013 Il Marroneto BdM Riserva Madonna Delle Grazia
    99
    RP
    The stunning 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna Delle Grazie is a protagonist of the vintage. This growing season has produced a collection of iconic wines, and to my pala..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,249.00
  9. 2013 langoa barton Bordeaux Red
    2013 Langoa Barton
    92
    JS
    A firm and silky red with lots of currant, flower and citrus aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, integrated tannins and a long finish. Excellent for the vintage. Subtle finish..." Learn More
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    As low as $65.00
  10. 2013 Louis Jadot Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St Jacques
    2013 Louis Jadot Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St Jacques
    95
    WE
    Concentrated and powerful, this wine is rich and full in the mouth, with wonderful ripe fruits over the great tannins. It is solid, dark and dense, full of smoky flavors and a rich..." Learn More
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    As low as $329.00
  11. 2013 louis roederer cristal Champagne
    2013 Louis Roederer Cristal
    98
    JS
    This is quite chalky with firm phenolics that frame the wine beautifully. It’s medium-to full-bodied with strawberries and earth. Dense, linear and intense. Hints of brioche ..." Learn More
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    As low as $299.00
  12. 2013 louis roederer cristal rose Champagne (Rose)
    2013 Louis Roederer Cristal Rose
    99
    RP
    A candidate for wine-of-the-vintage honors in Champagne, Roederer's 2013 Cristal Rosé is showing brilliantly, unfurling in the glass with notes of crisp orchard fruit, white..." Learn More
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    As low as $699.00
  13. 2013 lynch bages Bordeaux Red
    2013 Lynch Bages
    94
    WE
    Ripe and showing the typical generosity of this château, this bold, round wine is powered by rich berry and damson fruit flavors. It is juicy and perfumed, while the tannic s..." Learn More
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    As low as $75.00
  14. 2013 margaux Bordeaux Red
    2013 Margaux
    95
    WE
    This wine is smooth, ripe with fine tannins and red plum and black-currant fruits that are soft and gentle. Acidity dominates at this stage, supported by the tannins. It brings out..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,180.00
  15. 2013 meyney Bordeaux Red
    2013 Meyney
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    As low as $45.00
  16. 2013 montrose Bordeaux Red
    2013 Montrose
    95
    WE
    This is a firm wine although with superb fruit. It is structured and dense, dark with tarry tannins as well as juicy fruitiness. It is a powerful wine that certainly has the freshn..." Learn More
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    As low as $215.00
  17. 2013 mount eden vineyards cabernet sauvignon estate California Red
    2013 Mount Eden Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
    96
    RP
    The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is developing beautifully, unfurling in the glass with aromas of cassis, tobacco, bay laurel, dark chocolate and rich soil. On the palate, it's m..." Learn More
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    As low as $249.00
  18. 2013 pavie Bordeaux Red
    2013 Pavie
    94
    JS
    Even though there is not a lot of fruit and body here, there is focus and precision. Medium body, fine and bright fruit and a long finish. Complex. Nuanced. Drink now or hold.James..." Learn More
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    As low as $600.00
  19. 2013 pavie decesse Bordeaux Red
    2013 Pavie Decesse
    93
    JS
    A pretty and aromatic Pavie-Decesse wtih roses, cedar, wood shavings and bright plums.Medium to full-bodied, firm and silky tannins and a bright finish. Finesse and balance. Better..." Learn More
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    As low as $125.00
  20. 2013 philip togni cabernet sauvignon California Red
    2013 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon
    100
    AG
    A majestic, towering wine, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is even more striking in bottle than it was from barrel. Deep, unctuous and remarkably vivid for such a big, intense w..." Learn More
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    As low as $789.00
  21. 2013 pol roger brut blanc de blancs Champagne
    2013 Pol Roger Brut Blanc de Blancs
    94
    JS
    This is really delicious and soft with ultra-fine bubbles and a creamy texture. The flavors are subtle with cooked apple, pear and pie crust. Medium-bodied. Fresh and delicious. So..." Learn More
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    As low as $135.00
  22. 2013 royal tokaji wine co. szt tamas 6 puttonyos Other
    2013 Royal Tokaji Wine Co. SZT Tamas 6 Puttonyos
    100
    WE
    Brilliant gold-flecked-amber in the glass, this Hungarian stunner hails from the Szt. Tamas vineyard located on one of Tokaj's most iconic hills. It has aromas of wildflower honey,..." Learn More
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    As low as $129.00
  23. 2013 vietti barolo brunate Barolo
    2013 Vietti Barolo Brunate
    96
    AG
    Vietti's 2013 Barolo Brunate is one of the most reticent, powerful and explosive wines in the range. Huge beams of tannin give the wine its energy and overall shape. Readers will h..." Learn More
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    As low as $235.00
  24. 2013 vietti barolo castiglione Barolo
    2013 Vietti Barolo Castiglione
    93+
    AG
    The 2013 Barolo Castiglione is rich, powerful and intense, especially for what is the estate's entry-level Barolo. Dark cherry, plum, spice, new leather and menthol are all used to..." Learn More
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    As low as $84.95
  25. 2013 vietti barolo lazzarito Barolo
    2013 Vietti Barolo Lazzarito
    96
    AG
    This tasting of the 2013 Barolo Lazzarito confirms just how far the wine has come along in recent vintages. Creamy, ample and potent, the 2013 offers an intriguing interplay of aro..." Learn More
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    As low as $215.00
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