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BEST Wine Shop

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»

2000 BEST Wine Shop, City

Brookline Liquor Mart

Allston

From the outside, this sprawling liquor store looks like any other rundown rendezvous for drunken booze-hounds. Inside, however, you’ll find one of the finest selections of vintage wine in New England. It’s for the latter that we just can’t seem… read more»

2000 BEST Wine Shop, Suburban

Gordon’s Fine Wines

Waltham

Gordon’s is Waltham’s answer to one-stop shopping for wine and spirits aficionados. The wine market has a solid foundation in Bordeaux in addition to an impressive international selection; in addition, Gordon’s sells a wide range of single-malt scotches and imported… read more»

2000 BEST Wine Shop

Westport Rivers Vineyard’s Sparkling Wines

Westport

Vintners Bob and Carol Russell often refer to themselves as farmers rather than winemakers, though they produce a national and international award-winning series of methode Champenoise sparkling wines. These are bottled testimony to their efforts and ethos—the Russells’ business is… read more»

1999 BEST Wine Shop

Brookline Liquor Mart

Allston

There are plenty of great wine stores in Boston, but what keeps Brookline one step ahead of the pack are its serious French wines—particularly Burgundies and Rhones. BLM has been bringing in Guigal’s great Rhones for more than a generation,… read more»

1998 BEST Wine Shop

Brookline Liquor Mart

Allston

For lovers of serious french wines, Brookline Liquor Mart is one of the best stores in the country. True, if you are looking for widely available wines, you may find cheaper places elsewhere. But because the store is owned by… read more»

1995 BEST Wine Shop

Marty’s Liquors

Newtonville

Thousands (yes, thousands!) of bottles to choose from and several hundred beers. If you’re stuck for a selection or need advice, look for wine buyer Tom Schmeisser. He’s one of New England’s most knowledgeable oenophiles. read more»

1992 BEST Wine Shop

The Wine Cask

Somerville

Great selection, fair prices, and a very helpful and knowledgeable staff. read more»