Imbiber Beware

By Tyler Balliet | Boston Magazine |

Huge by-the-glass menus were once the province of deep-pocketed chains, which easily absorb spoiled bottles. But lately the city’s one-offs have ramped up their single-serving offerings: Clink has 34 wines on tap, Bouchée’s got 38, Bin 26 boasts a whopping 65. Since more partially poured bottles means a greater chance of getting oxidized plonk, though, it’s important to know how to game the system.

HEED THE CHEMIST

Fancy oxygen-repelling storage systems aren’t just for looks. Bin 26 and Troquet preserve opened bottles with nitrogen and argon, respectively, and the payoff is clear: pristine wine, vibrant bubbly.

FOLLOW THE PACK

Higher turnover yields fresher wine. At the Butcher Shop, the standing-room-only crowd and compact menu make every glassful a winner.

EMBRACE BRASH YOUTH

When in doubt, choose from big, young reds, like recent-vintage cabs or Barbarescos. These untamed upstarts require serious aging to mellow out the gnarly tannins, but several hours in an opened bottle does the job almost as well.

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