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BEST Wine Shop

2017 BEST Wine Shop



Carri Wroblewski and Klaudia Mally founded Brix in 2003 on a radical idea: that inventory should be determined not by household-name popularity or distributor pricing windfalls but the owners’ discerning tastes. Apparently, believing in every last bottle on your shelves… read more»

2016 BEST Wine Shop

Streetcar Wine & Beer

Jamaica Plain

Today’s best wine shops are like the indie-record stores of yore: expertly curated and often clairvoyant when it comes to finding the album (or bottle) you never knew you needed. Wine merchant Michael Dupuy exemplifies that ethos with his uncanny… read more»

2015 BEST Wine Shop

Social Wines

South Boston

Without pomp and pretense, this shop dares to make wine what it should be: fun. Passionate staffers are happy to guide you through their unmatched range of raw, natural wines; niche producers from the hippest regions (like France’s Jura and… read more»

2014 BEST Wine Shop

Streetcar Wine & Beer

Jamaica Plain

Streetcar might not be the biggest shop in Boston, but that actually works to your advantage: Owner Michael Dupuy selects every bottle from the finest, most conscientious producers, which translates to absolutely zero fluff on the shelves (there simply isn’t… read more»

2013 BEST Wine Shop

Ball Square Fine Wines


Few wine shops are as easy (or as fun) to explore as Ball Square. There are the weekly Friday-night tastings, the nearby cheese counter for perfect fromage pairings, and the organized shelves, which are filled with everything from solid $8… read more»

2013 BEST Wine Shop, South

Esprit du Vin


The owners here specialize in wines produced in small quantities (fewer than 10 cases). Bottles from all over the world line the shelves, designed to appeal to every budget and palate. Not only that, a quarter of the stock changes… read more»

2013 BEST Wine Shop, North

Wine Sense


Wine Sense is small, but that’s a good thing, because you can feel confident that owner Samanta Ettore has vetted every single bottle on display. Don’t want any part in the picking? Grab one of the tailored-to-the-season wine six-packs she… read more»

2013 BEST Wine Shop, West

The Urban Grape

Chestnut Hill

You can try on clothes before you buy—so why not taste bottles of wine beforehand, too? At the Urban Grape, an Enomatic tasting machine dispenses samples of 16 wines on demand. And because the many wines on offer here are… read more»

2012 BEST Wine Shop, North

The Vineyard

North Andover

You’ll find hundreds of reds and whites at this small shop on Route 114, not to mention a great selection of rosé and dessert wines, all at a variety of price points. Then there are the seasonal grand tasting events,… read more»

2012 BEST Wine Shop, South

Bin Ends


This emporium’s selection depends solely on the weekly deals they score from their suppliers, so buy what you love now, because it may soon be gone forever. And attention bargain hunters: Bin Ends’ “six-pack’ special (buy six bottles and get… read more»