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BEST Wine Shop

2011 BEST Wine Shop, West
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The Urban Grape

Chestnut Hill

We’re done wandering around wine shops, waiting patiently for a clerk to comb his mental archives for something we’ll enjoy. Urban Grape sells wine the way we like to buy it: grouped by body and intensity—not by region, grape, or… read more »

2010 BEST Wine Shop
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Central Bottle and Provisions

Cambridge

We like to think we know wine. But like 99 percent of the population, we really just like to drink it. Thank heaven for Liz Vilardi, the nose-in-the-know at sparkling new shop Central Bottle. While her knowledge of wine is… read more »

2008 BEST Wine Shop

Bauer Wine & Spirits

Boston

Here in the Hub, oenophiles generally have two types of stores from which to choose. There’s the overly curated boutique, where every bottle warrants its own spotlight and price hike. Then there’s the warehouse, where half the inventory seems the… read more »

2007 BEST Wine Shop

Wine Gallery

Brookline

This standout vino peddler has always put up a broad range of bottles and good advice. But the wine jukebox—a nifty contraption that doles out samples for free—at its Brookline location has officially taken the mystery out of wine selection… read more »

2006 BEST Wine Shop
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Wine Galley

Brookline

Wine stores tend to cater to either experts or idiots. If, like most of us, you’re somewhere in between, head to the Wine Gallery, a shop as welcoming to neophytes as it is to Robert Parker wannabes. The knowledgeable staff… read more »

2005 BEST Wine Shop

Gordon’s Fine Wines & Spirits

Waltham

If you love French wines, you’ll love Gordon’s. Wine director David Raines spends three months a year scouting the best from Burgundy, Alsace, and the Rhone—although he also showcases Italian reds and boutique Australian bottles, many of which you can… read more »

2004 BEST Wine Shop

Brix Wine Shop

Boston

Brix is so different in look and concept from its competitors, people often mistake it for an expensive boutique. Don’t be fooled: Co-owners Carri Wroblewski and Klaudia Mally have created a wonderful source for delicious everyday wines, with so many… read more »

2003 BEST Wine Shop

Brookline Liquor Mart

Allston

With its oaky scent, worn wooden shelves, and thousands of bottles, Brookline Liquor Mart is simply an oenophile’s delight. This superstore has been doling out educated, accessible wine advice for more than 40 years and boasts an enormous selection from… read more »

2002 BEST Wine Shop

Bauer Wines & Spirits

Boston

You’ve planned the menu and invited the guests. Now you need the perfect wine to make the dinner party a success. Look no further: Bauer Wines & Spirits buyer Howie Rubin knows his wines, has an encyclopedic knowledge of food,… read more »

2001 BEST Wine Shop

Brookline Liquor Mart

Allston

We’re fond of smaller wine shops—Back Bay’s excellent Bauer Wine & Spirits, say, and Somerville’s Wine and Cheese Cask (where you can pick up some good bread and cheese), or even the novice-friendly Cellars stores. But warehouse-sized Brookline Liquor Mart… read more »