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BEST Wine Shop

2012 BEST Wine Shop, West

The Urban Grape

Chestnut Hill

If only wine bottles could talk. Instead, most languish on store shelves across the city, relying only on crumpled winemaker-written blurbs and outdated Robert Parker ratings to convey their quality and nuances. The lucky ones, however, end up at the… read more»

2012 BEST Wine Shop

Central Bottle and Provisions


We’ve had it with snotty wine sellers. You know what? Sometimes all we want is an oaky California chardonnay. Instead of judging our palates or wallets, the folks at Central Bottle approach our preferences and budget like a fun riddle…. read more»

2011 BEST Wine Shop, West

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»

2011 BEST Wine Shop

Ball Square Fine Wines


There are glossier retailers of rioja and champagne. But Ball Square’s supreme approachability has us bubbling over. Once a perfectly respectable neighborhood store, this shop has gradually expanded into a wine-lover’s heaven, with staffers that make education—not the upsell—their mission…. read more»

2010 BEST Wine Shop

Central Bottle and Provisions


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


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


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

Wine Galley


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


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


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»