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. 2012 antonin guyon corton charlemagne Burgundy White
    2012 Antonin Guyon Corton Charlemagne
    96
    JG
    (Corton-Charlemagne- Domaine Antonin Guyon) Like the 2012 Charmes, the Corton-Charlemagne had also been bottled in the middle of March, but it too had not yet shut down and was sho..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $549.00
  2. 2012 canon Bordeaux Red
    2012 Canon
    93+
    JD
    The 2012 Canon is a rich, smoky, meaty 2012 that checks in as blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. Ripe black cherries, melted licorice, chocolate, and a touch of scorched e..." Learn More
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    As low as $65.99
  3. 2012 clos de loratoire Bordeaux Red
    2012 Clos de L'Oratoire
    94
    RP
    One of the von Neipperg estates, the 2012 Clos de l'Oratoire is an undeniable success story. Dense ruby/purple, with plenty of crème de cassis, roasted coffee, licorice and ..." Learn More
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    As low as $65.00
  4. 2012 cos destournel Bordeaux Red
    2012 Cos D'estournel
    95
    JS
    Always excellent for the vintage. What a nose with currants, blackberries, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stones and wet earth too. Full-bodied and refined yet muscular and trim. Fabulously ..." Learn More
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    As low as $225.00
  5. 2012 domaine de chevalier Bordeaux Red
    2012 Domaine de Chevalier
    94
    JS
    Plenty of sliced apple and lemon character to this fresh wine. Full body, layered fruit and a tangy, almond and fruit aftertaste. Intense finish of stones, chalk and salt. Oyster s..." Learn More
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    As low as $100.00
  6. 2012 gazin Bordeaux Red
    2012 Gazin
    95
    RP
    This is certainly one of the great 2012s from Pomerol. What’s amazing is that it is 100% Merlot. Readers may have forgotten (or never knew) that a chunk of this vineyard was ..." Learn More
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    As low as $115.00
  7. 2012 horsepower vineyards syrah the tribe vineyard Washington Red
    2012 Horsepower Vineyards Syrah The Tribe Vineyard
    97
    RP
    More gamy, bloody and meaty than the Sur Echalas Vineyard Syrah, the 2012 Syrah The Tribe Vineyard is a full-bodied, elegant, concentrated and structured effort that gives up compl..." Learn More
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    As low as $135.00
  8. 2012 hundred acre vineyard cabernet sauvignon ark California Red
    2012 Hundred Acre Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Ark
    100
    RP
    The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Ark Vineyard sports a deep garnet color and rocks up with a ready-to-party nose of blackcurrant cordial, blueberry pie and freshly baked plums. And yet ..." Learn More
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    As low as $595.00
  9. 2012 leglise clinet Bordeaux Red
    2012 L'eglise Clinet
    96
    RP
    A gorgeous wine from proprietor Denis Durantou, this blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc is an inky purple color, with gorgeous purity of black raspberries, blackcurrants an..." Learn More
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    As low as $230.00
  10. 2012 latour Bordeaux Red
    2012 Latour
    97
    DEC
    This will be by far the biggest release since Latour brought in the new system, as the 2012 has not been on the market before. It's a good one to start with as this is a vintage wh..." Learn More
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    3L
    As low as $1,280.00
  11. 2012 les fiefs de lagrange Bordeaux Red
    2012 Les Fiefs de Lagrange
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    As low as $45.00
  12. 2012 lynch bages Bordeaux Red
    2012 Lynch Bages
    94
    WE
    The wine is very dry, layered tannins giving a major sense of structure. It will always have this dry, dense character, very firm, solid and powerful.Wine Enthusiast | 94 WEAromas ..." Learn More
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    As low as $190.00
  13. 2012 moet chandon dom perignon (luminous labels) Champagne
    2012 Moet Chandon Dom Perignon (Luminous Labels)
    98
    DEC
    What a magnificent bouquet for this Dom Pérignon 2012! Pastry, a hint of smoke and autolytic notes provide a compelling counterpart to eager yet elegant aromas of citrus (li..." Learn More
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    As low as $329.00
  14. 2012 moet chandon dom perignon Champagne
    2012 Moet Chandon Dom Perignon
    98
    DEC
    What a magnificent bouquet for this Dom Pérignon 2012! Pastry, a hint of smoke and autolytic notes provide a compelling counterpart to eager yet elegant aromas of citrus (li..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $279.00
  15. 2012 pavie Bordeaux Red
    2012 Pavie
    98+
    JD
    Bottled under a black label to celebrate Pavie’s addition to the Grand Cru Classé “A” classification, the 2012 Chateau Pavie is a brilliant wine, and reade..." Learn More
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    As low as $410.00
  16. 2012 phelan segur Bordeaux Red
    2012 Phelan Segur
    92
    DEC
    Unusually in terms of my recent experience, this is tasting far more plump and inviting than the 2011 right now - with well defined and purely-delivered cassis and bilberry flavour..." Learn More
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    As low as $110.00
  17. 2012 philipponnat clos des goisses extra brut Champagne
    2012 Philipponnat Clos des Goisses Extra Brut
    98
    WE
    This single vineyard, one of the steepest in Champagne, produces fabulous wines. Richness restrained by the minerality from the terroir is balanced by the structured Pinot Noir fru..." Learn More
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    As low as $375.00
  18. 2012 piper-heidsieck brut Champagne
    2012 Piper-Heidsieck Brut
    94
    DEC
    Very much a youngster, even after five-and-a-half years on its lees. A blend of 52% Pinot Noir and 48% Chardonnay, 2012 has the potential for some of the best Pinot Noir since 1952..." Learn More
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    As low as $69.99
  19. 2012 produttori del barbaresco barbaresco Barbaresco
    2012 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco
    93
    RP
    Most of Produttori del Barbaresco's production is dedicated to their so-called base wine (which enjoy a very strong following throughout the wine world). The 2012 Barbaresco is a b..." Learn More
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    As low as $155.00
  20. 2012 troplong mondot Bordeaux Red
    2012 Troplong Mondot
    97
    JD
    A flat-out gorgeous wine in the vintage is the 2012 Troplong Mondot, which sports an inky ruby/purple color to go with heavenly notes of black currants, smoked earth, plums, licori..." Learn More
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    As low as $135.00
  21. 2012 tua rita redigaffi Super Tuscan/IGT
    2012 Tua Rita Redigaffi
    98
    JS
    Compelling aromas of chili pepper, nuts, beeswax and dark fruits with dried strawberries. Hints of black olives and meat. Full body with extremely thick, silky tannins and a long, ..." Learn More
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    As low as $220.00
  22. 2012 veuve clicquot brut Champagne
    2012 Veuve Clicquot Brut
    94
    W&S
    This focuses on red fruit (51 percent pinot noir, 15 percent meunier), with chardonnay providing the balance, all of it from premier or grand cru sites. A portion of the blend (11 ..." Learn More
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    As low as $89.99
  23. 2012 Veuve Clicquot Brut Vintage Rose
    2012 Veuve Clicquot Brut Vintage Rose
    95
    DEC
    This is the 66th rosé from Veuve Clicquot since 1810. It is 51% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Meunier, with 13% of red wine from Pinot Noir sourced in Bouzy. Eleg..." Learn More
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    As low as $97.99
  24. 2012 veuve clicquot la grande dame (yayoi kusama label) Champagne
    2012 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame (Yayoi Kusama Label)
    96
    DEC
    A generous golden colour betrays the dominance of Pinot Noir in the blend; this theme thereafter maintained by aromatics of fig, wild strawberries and Mirabelle plums; behind that,..." Learn More
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    As low as $199.00
  25. 2012 vietti barolo ravera Barolo
    2012 Vietti Barolo Ravera
    96
    AG
    The 2012 Barolo Ravera is once again a star. Finely cut and chiseled throughout, the 2012 boasts striking precision and nuance. Rose petal, chalk, white pepper, cranberry and pomeg..." Learn More
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    As low as $215.00
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