There’s endless information on social media. Just one quick scroll can bring you the latest news, a video compilation of cats knocking breakable items off counters or a quiz telling you what flavor of potato chip you would be, should you ever decide to turn into one.
In our case, we’ve used our highly sophisticated suite of technologically-advanced social media listening tools to compile a list of the wines being talked about the most across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram right now. After hours of counting and recounting likes we have finally come up with the top wines mentioned on social media: Verdejo, Zinfandel, Soave, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zweigelt and Merlot.
Internet, here are the bottles you need to drink next time you’re enjoying a Top 10 Water Slide Fails video.
Recommended wines for the internet
Pieropan 2015 Calvarino (Soave Classico); $31, 96 points. Always one of Italy’s premier white wines, Pieropan’s gorgeous 2015 Calvarino sets a new benchmark. Opening with heady aromas of white spring wildflower, citrus blossom, aromatic herb and crushed rock, the savory palate delivers layers of lemon drop, ripe apple, juicy pear and tangy mineral notes. It’s concentrated yet elegant and thoroughly delicious. Drink through 2025. LUX Wines. Cellar Selection. —Kerin O’Keefe
Limerick Lane 2016 1910 Block Zinfandel (Russian River Valley); $56, 95 points. This estate-grown block-designate is insanely good, soft and spicy in black and white pepper from first sip. Elongated, chalky tannins support bright, fresh acidity and strong, well-defined flavors of leather pouch, crushed rock and cherry. The texture is supple and complex. —Virginie Boone
Starmont 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley); $32, 93 points. This is a beautifully made wine that is richly textured and expressive in dried herb, cedar and understated accompaniments of cherry and vanilla. Dry, integrated tannins round out the texture and provide structure. Editors’ Choice. —V.B.
V. Sattui 2015 Amador Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel (Amador County); $37, 93 points. Effusive fruit aromas and flavors are well matched by complex wood, smoke and black pepper accents. The berry and cherry components taste quite ripe, and the oaky, spicy and gamy characters doesn’t overwhelm the fruit. A generous mouthfeel completes the profile. Editors’ Choice. —Jim Gordon
Tinto Rey 2016 Verdejo (Dunnigan Hills); $18, 92 points. Intriguing and complex, this full-bodied wine combines bright elements of orange zest and pineapple with richer flavors of toasted almond, salted peanuts and dried figs. It is ripe in feel, but good acidity lifts it up and keeps the taste refreshing through a long finish. Editors’ Choice. —J.G.
Oakstone 2015 Reserve Estate de Cascabel Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Fair Play); $28, 92 points. This wine from the Sierra Foothills is a minor classic, showing the textbook black-cherry and black-currant flavors, accented by hints of mint and cocoa, wrapped in a very firm but velvety texture of fine-grained tannins. Owner Steve Ryan made it from dry-farmed vines and aged it in French oak barrels for 22 months. Best now–2022. Editors’ Choice. —J.G.
Prà 2014 Colle Sant’Antonio (Soave Classico); $37, 92 points. Pressed wild flower, yellow stone fruit, citrus zest and baking-spice aromas flow out of the glass. On the fresh medium-bodied palate, tangy acidity underscores creamy yellow apple, yellow peach, pastry cream and tangerine. Saline and toasted almond notes grace the lingering finish. Polaner Selections. —K.O.K.
Sola 2014 Syrah (Mendocino County); $15, 91 points. Ripe and bold in flavor, this polished, focused wine is full bodied and firmly tannic. It has effusive blackberry aromas and wonderfully dry, concentrated flavors. Best Buy. —J.G.
Schlosskellerei Gobelsburg 2016 Zweigelt (Niederösterreich); $13, 90 points. An aromatic, almost floral touch hovers above this wine’s red cherry fruit. The palate is light, with a tingling edge of white pepper amid the pure cherry notes. The frame is light, the body sinuous and dry. It’s elegant, measured and delicious, with a lovely fresh finish. Best Buy. Skurnik Wines, Inc. —Anne Krebiehl, MW
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2014 Temptation Zinfandel (California); $14, 90 points. This is a gutsy, spicy dry wine with intriguing black-pepper aromas, and beefy, lightly smoky flavors backed by plenty of blackberries. It has a firm texture suitable for the biggest proteins. Best Buy. —J.G.
Diwald 2017 vom Löss Zweigelt (Wagram); $18, 90 points. This wine’s tart cherry aromas lend an intriguing contrast of ripeness and tautness. On the palate, that fresh-faced, crunchy, tart cherry fruit wins the day. It’s fresh, snappy and slightly rustic—but all the more alluring for that. Langdon Shiverick. –A.K.
Esperanza 2017 Estate Grown & Bottled Verdejo (Rueda); $13, 87 points. This wine’s spunky green herb and lime aromas lead to a lively but creamy palate. Its salty lime flavors hold steady on the linear finish. Axial VinosUSA. —Michael Schachner