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 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche
    2013 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche
    97
    JS
    This is incredibly powerful and structured with so much tannin backbone and ripe fruit. Aromas of plums and hazelnuts. Full-bodied and chewy. Fabulous finish. Needs three to four y..." Learn More
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    As low as $169.00
  2. 2013 calera ryan vineyard mt. harlan pinot noir California Red
    2013 Calera Ryan Vineyard Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir
    95+
    VM
    A big, powerful wine, the 2013 Pinot Noir Ryan Vineyard packs a serious punch. Dark, bold flavors abound, the result of a drought year that produced tiny berries. Readers will have..." Learn More
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    As low as $94.99
  3. 2013 comte de vogue musigny vieilles vignes Burgundy Red
    2013 Comte de Vogue Musigny Vieilles Vignes
    96+
    VM
    Very dark bright red. Great purity and lift to the aromas of black cherry, violet, graphite, bitter chocolate and minerals. Showing less obvious density today than the Bonnes-Mares..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $999.00
  4. 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 $265.00
  5. 2013 Domaine Bart Bonnes Mares Grand Cru
    2013 Domaine Bart Bonnes Mares Grand Cru
    95
    JG
    (Bonnes-Mares- Domaine Bart) Interestingly, the Bonnes-Mares is far more flattering at the present time than the Clos de Bèze, with the formidable structural elements here s..." Learn More
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    As low as $245.00
  6. 2013 Egly-Ouriet Brut Grand Cru Millesime
    2013 Egly-Ouriet Brut Grand Cru Millesime
    100
    RP
    Francis Egly has produced another profound Champagne with the 2013 Brut Grand Cru Millésime. If the monumental 2008 stands out for its power, structure and intensity, the 20..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,299.00
  7. 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
  8. 2013 Hall Excellenz Sacrashe Cabernet Sauvignon
    2013 Hall Excellenz Sacrashe Cabernet Sauvignon
    100
    RP
    The last Hall wine I saw from bottle was the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Exzellenz. This hails from the foothills of Rutherford and refers to Kathryn Hall’s ambassadorship to Aus..." Learn More
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    As low as $479.00
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 2013 larkmead cabernet sauvignon the lark California Red
    2013 Larkmead Cabernet Sauvignon The Lark
    100
    RP
    The perfect 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon The Lark, is a limited production (268 cases) and a magnificent wine. It probably has 50 years of upside potential...." Learn More
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    As low as $395.00
  12. 2013 leoville barton Bordeaux Red
    2013 Leoville Barton
    93
    JS
    This is very pretty with currant, plum and chocolate aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, silky mouth feel and a savory finish. Bright and delicious. Drink now or hold.James Su..." Learn More
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    As low as $95.00
  13. 2013 louis jadot clos de la roche grand cru Burgundy Red
    2013 Louis Jadot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
    94
    VM
    Medium red with a palish rim. Complex, soil-inflected aromas of red berries, rose petal, coffee, meat and musky underbrush. In the mouth, fine-grained raspberry, game and savory so..." Learn More
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    As low as $115.00
  14. 2013 louis jadot gevrey chambertin 1er cru clos st jacques Burgundy Red
    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
  15. 2013 louis jadot montrachet Burgundy White
    2013 Louis Jadot Montrachet
    94+
    VM
    (13.3% alcohol; picked late): Pale straw-yellow. Aromas of clove, iodine and white flowers are lifted by a note of lemon oil. Hugely concentrated, dense and utterly backward; not s..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,795.00
  16. 2013 marcassin chardonnay marcassin vineyard California White
    2013 Marcassin Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard
    100
    JD
    While the Pinot Noir lags behind its 2012 counterpart, the same can’t be said about the 2013 Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard. Utter perfection in wine, this awesome beauty boas..." Learn More
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    As low as $799.00
  17. 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 $625.00
  18. 2013 maybach materium California Red
    2013 Maybach Materium
    100
    RP
    There are roughly 600 cases of the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Materium, all of which comes from the Weitz Vineyard on the eastern Vaca Mountain hillside of Oakville at an elevation of..." Learn More
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    As low as $505.00
  19. 2013 meyney Bordeaux Red
    2013 Meyney
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    As low as $40.00
  20. 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 $120.00
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 2013 Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello Di Montalcino Sugarille
    2013 Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello Di Montalcino Sugarille
    96
    WE
    Underbrush, new leather, wild herb and dark-skin berry aromas meld with balsamic whiffs of eucalyptus. The full-bodied firmly structured palate evokes raspberry compote, black cher..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    5L
    As low as $1,359.00
  24. 2013 sena red table wine Chile Red
    2013 Sena Red Table Wine
    99
    JS
    Superb aromas of black currants, rose petal and mint. Lavender and stones too. Full body with incredible fruit density. Complex, yet it's agile and bright. Tannins are perfectly po..." Learn More
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    As low as $69.99
  25. 2013 verite la joie California Red
    2013 Verite La Joie
    100
    RP
    The 2013 La Joie, which is 46% from Knights Valley, 32% from Chalk Hill and 22% from Alexander Valley, is a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 5% Pe..." Learn More
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    As low as $359.00
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