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. 2018 abeja chardonnay Washington White
    2018 Abeja Chardonnay
    93
    VM
    Musky apricot pit, peach and spicy vanillin oak on the nose. Densely packed but quite suave and fine-grained in spite of its saline thrust. A very sappy, refined midweight with lov..." Learn More
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    As low as $39.99
  2. 2018 albert boxler gewurztraminer German White
    2018 Albert Boxler Gewurztraminer
    93
    WS
    Lithe and vibrant, this finely-balanced Gewürztraminer glides across the palate with a lovely range of lychee, peach skin, jasmine and passion fruit coulis flavors. The well-c..." Learn More
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    As low as $29.99
  3. 2018 albert boxler pinot gris German White
    2018 Albert Boxler Pinot Gris
    93
    WS
    This gorgeous white walks a fine line between being rich and mouthcoating on one side, and bright and graceful on the other. The result is a vivid, medium-bodied version, with hint..." Learn More
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    As low as $39.99
  4. 2018 Antica Estate (M. Antinori) Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Townsend Vineyard
    2018 Antica Estate (M. Antinori) Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Townsend Vineyard
    96
    JS
    A full-bodied cabernet sauvignon that’s fruity on the nose with notes of crushed raspberries, berries and herbs. Some bark and stones. The palate is fresh with velvety tannin..." Learn More
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    As low as $119.00
  5. 2018 Antica Estate (M. Antinori) Napa Valley Chardonnay A26 Vineyard
    2018 Antica Estate (M. Antinori) Napa Valley Chardonnay A26 Vineyard
    94
    JS
    This is a generous, layered white with lots of cooked apples and hints of coconut and vanilla. Full body. Phenolic tension, too. Lots of white pepper and saltiness underneath. Drin..." Learn More
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    As low as $59.99
  6. 2018 Antica Estate (M. Antinori) Napa Valley Chardonnay A26 Vineyard
    2018 Antica Estate (M. Antinori) Napa Valley Chardonnay A26 Vineyard
    94
    JS
    This is a generous, layered white with lots of cooked apples and hints of coconut and vanilla. Full body. Phenolic tension, too. Lots of white pepper and saltiness underneath. Drin..." Learn More
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    As low as $59.99
  7. 2018 Antica Estate (M. Antinori) Napa Valley Chardonnay Mountain Select
    2018 Antica Estate (M. Antinori) Napa Valley Chardonnay Mountain Select
    93
    JS
    A tight, linear white with sliced green apples and hints of lemons. Some praline character underneath. Full-bodied, firm and focused. Shows Burgundian sensibility with its firmness..." Learn More
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    As low as $26.99
  8. 2018 Antica Estate (M. Antinori) Napa Valley Chardonnay Mountain Select
    2018 Antica Estate (M. Antinori) Napa Valley Chardonnay Mountain Select
    93
    JS
    A tight, linear white with sliced green apples and hints of lemons. Some praline character underneath. Full-bodied, firm and focused. Shows Burgundian sensibility with its firmness..." Learn More
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    As low as $26.99
  9. 2018 aubert lauren vineyard chardonnay California White
    2018 Aubert Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay
    98-100
    RP
    Mark Aubert notes that this is a complex vineyard. It is planted to four different clones: two Old Wente clones, Mount Eden and Corton Charlemagne. The 2018 Chardonnay Lauren Estat..." Learn More
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    As low as $359.00
  10. 2018 aubert sugar shack vineyard chardonnay California White
    2018 Aubert Sugar Shack Vineyard Chardonnay
    99
    JS
    Flinty and steely with dried-apple, cooked-apple, pineapple, stone and honeysuckle aromas and flavors. Full-bodied and layered. Dense and agile with a vivid, flavorful finish. Comp..." Learn More
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    As low as $199.00
  11. 2018 aubert uv-sl vineyard chardonnay California White
    2018 Aubert UV-SL Vineyard Chardonnay
    96-98+
    RP
    The 2018 Chardonnay UV-SL comes across as a little shy compared to the Napa Chardonnays, slowly unfurling to reveal oyster shells, peach blossoms, honeysuckle and brine notes over ..." Learn More
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    As low as $209.00
  12. 2018 ausone Bordeaux Red
    2018 Ausone
    100
    DEC
    This is deep and ripped, coming out you like a powerhouse, then it stops, tiptoes away, then rises up to slowly stretch out through the palate, displaying incredible tension and le..." Learn More
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    As low as $975.00
  13. 2018 averaen willamette valley chardonnay Oregon White
    2018 Averaen Willamette Valley Chardonnay
    92
    WE
    It would be hard to find a better Chardonnay at this price. A blend of grapes from two AVAs, it's been given reserve-level care, including aging in 10% new French oak. Toasty, tast..." Learn More
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    As low as $18.95
  14. 2018 Beaumont
    2018 Beaumont
    92
    WE
    Under the same management as Château Beychevelle in Saint-Julien, this estate is now showing its fine potential. The balance between Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot means vivid..." Learn More
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    As low as $30.00
  15. 2018 beausejour duffau Bordeaux Red
    2018 Beausejour Duffau
    99
    DEC
    Nicolas Thienpont has been director here for 10 years now, and the changes that he has brought have had a stunning and important effect, firmly placing this as one of the best esta..." Learn More
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    As low as $299.00
  16. 2018 bellevue Bordeaux Red
    2018 Bellevue
    94
    RP
    Made of 100% Merlot, the 2018 Bellevue has a deep garnet-purple color and a profound nose of plum preserves, blackberry compote and stewed black cherries, followed by an undercurre..." Learn More
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    As low as $70.00
  17. 2018 bergstrom pinot noir gregory ranch Oregon Red
    2018 Bergstrom Pinot Noir Gregory Ranch
    93
    JS
    Some depth to the hue with aromas of ripe dark cherries and dark plums, as well as violets and wild herbs. The palate has such impressive grain to the tannin and carries a wealth o..." Learn More
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    As low as $79.99
  18. 2018 bevan cellars proprietary red ee tench vineyard California Red
    2018 Bevan Cellars Proprietary Red EE Tench Vineyard
    98
    JD
    The 2018 Tench Vineyard EE Red Wine is based on a 60/40 split of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from a great, great vineyard on the east side of Oakville, just beside Scream..." Learn More
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    As low as $199.00
  19. 2018 beychevelle Bordeaux Red
    2018 Beychevelle
    96+
    AG
    The 2018 Ducru-Beaucaillou is surprisingly reticent at this stage, almost shockingly so. I imagine that won't be an issue in time. If anything, I am quite struck by the wine's ener..." Learn More
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    As low as $185.00
  20. 2018 bibi graetz testamatta Super Tuscan/IGT
    2018 Bibi Graetz Testamatta
    100
    DEC
    Finely textured, with a nuanced perfume that fills the glass and takes you to the intense underbrush of Tuscany. Succulent and yet savoury, this has a lilting freshness that is ove..." Learn More
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    15L
    As low as $2,585.00
  21. 2018 brick house chardonnay cascadia Oregon White
    2018 Brick House Chardonnay Cascadia
    95
    RP
    After some time in the glass, the 2018 Chardonnay Cascadia opens to dried chamomile and apple slices with notes of hay, candle smoke, roasted almonds and beeswax. The palate is bro..." Learn More
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    As low as $38.99
  22. 2018 bruno broglia derthona timorasso Italy White
    2018 Bruno Broglia Derthona Timorasso
    91
    JS
    Ripe apple, pear and light toffee aromas follow through to a full body with a spice and herb-tinged framework to the rather decadent fruit. Enough acidity to provide some fruit and..." Learn More
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    As low as $28.99
  23. 2018 bruno giacosa barolo falletto Barolo
    2018 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto
    ..." Learn More
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    As low as $219.00
  24. 2018 calon segur Bordeaux Red
    2018 Calon Segur
    99
    DEC
    A distinctive bouquet with notes of iodine, flowers, fresh fruit and graphite, but its floral character takes on a dominant role with airing. Gorgeously juicy mouthfeel brimming wi..." Learn More
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    As low as $225.00
  25. 2018 camensac Bordeaux Red
    2018 Camensac
    94
    WE
    This estate is regaining its rightful place in the prestigious crus classés. Richly textured, this latest release shows luscious blackberry fruits and layers of firm tannins..." Learn More
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    As low as $50.00
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