Best of Boston

BEST Wine List

2007 BEST Wine List, Affordable

Les Zygomates


Though no slouch when it comes to premium wines (offering showstoppers that top three figures), Les Zyg hasn’t forgotten the budget tippler: On any night you can uncork a low-profile gem for less than a dinner entree. read more»

2007 BEST Wine List

Bin 26 Enoteca


Quantity doesn’t always equal quality, but Bin 26—which arrived in Beacon Hill last fall—beats the odds and offers both. There are up to 250 wines on the list and 50 to 60 by the glass, all kept fresh by a… read more»

2006 BEST Wine List, Affordable

Les Zygomates


The pleasures of wine-drinking diminish considerably when everything a restaurant pours (a) puts you in debt or (b) comes from a vintner or varietal you’ve never heard of. Cheers, then, to Les Zygomates for its accessible list aimed at connoisseurs… read more»

2006 BEST Wine List, Upscale



What it lacks in location and pedigree, Troquet more than makes up for with enophilic offerings. Situated on a barren stretch of Boylston Street, the teeny restaurant manages to keep up with the big boys with an admirable and changing… read more»

2005 BEST Wine List, Affordable

Sel de la Terre


Raise your glass to wine director Erik Johnson. An unapologetic Francophile with a giddy crush on Burgundy, Johnson has forsworn his first (and oh-so-pricey) love to find us delicious bargains from France’s southern regions and local wines like the Sel… read more»

2005 BEST Wine List

Abe & Louie’s


Ordering from a wine list the size of an encyclopedia can be intimidating. But not at Abe & Louie’s, where you won’t be disappointed no matter which bottle you pick. The list boasts wine of every region, from a citrusy… read more»

2003 BEST Wine List, Affordable

Les Zygomates Wine Bar & Bistro


The muscles on your face that give you the ability to smile—les zygomates, as the French call them—get a good workout at this Leather District restaurant of the same name, thanks to its wine list of more than 200 bottles…. read more»

2003 BEST Wine List, Upscale



It should come as no surprise that the wine list at Meritage is outstanding. The entire concept of the restaurant is, after all, about pairing food and wine. After 15 years as executive chef of the dining rooms at the… read more»

2002 BEST Wine List, Affordable

White Star Tavern


While most restaurants mark up their wine selections to more than double the price of a bottle, White Star Tavern owner Frank Bell keeps his bottles priced at no more than $8 over wholesale. Which means wine lovers can find… read more»

2002 BEST Wine List, Upscale

No. 9 Park


Oenophiles searching for a wine list that both delights and challenges need look no further than the fringes of Boston Common. No. 9 Park wine director Cat Silirie has organized a list that’s a worldly tour of tried-and-true Chianti, sauvignon… read more»