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BEST Wine List

2001 BEST Wine List, Affordable



Sometimes it’s hard to swallow the markup on wine lists. Not so at Veronique. Owner Jim Apteker wants diners to learn about and taste wine, so he’s priced every bottle at just $10 over his cost. He makes the list… read more»

2000 BEST Wine List, Affordable



The comfortable yet chic South End bistro has a well-priced collection of wines that perfectly complements its unpretentious menu. The list emphasizes quality over quantity, with especially nice attention paid to the South of France offerings (particularly the undervalued Languedoc… read more»

2000 BEST Wine List, High-End

The Federalist


Twenty-something sommelier Christian Vassilev has built Fed owner Paul Roiff’s cellar into a veritable wine museum. You’d be hard-pressed to find so many Cheateau Latour, Margaux, and Monton-Rothschild wines in one place in the country. And that’s just Bordeaux! The… read more»

1998 BEST Wine List

Anthony’s Pier Four


Never mind the tourists; come for the wine. This is not only the greatest wine list in Boston, it’s one of the greatest wine lists anywhere in America. Old, old bottles abound— and at astonishing prices. For only $40 you… read more»

1998 BEST Wine List, Affordable



The wine list changes frequently, but its hallmark remains affordability. Consider this: old-vine 1996 Pernand-Vergelesses from Delarche for a mere $26; a fabulous Sauternes, the 1988 premier cru Chateux. La Tour Blanche, for $36; and, for a splurge, a simply… read more»

1997 BEST Wine List, Affordable

Anthony’s Pier 4


The wine list at Anthony’s Pier 4 is deceptive: It’s a Wine SpectatorGrand Award Winner (since 1982), and it is huge in a way that usually suggests an equally huge bill at the end. But do flip through the 30… read more»

1997 BEST Wine List, Selection

The Stonehedge Inn


Male wine collector and female wine collector meet and fall in love. The result? A marriage of private wine cellars that would send any oenophile to the nearest singles bar. The Stonehedge Inn is the lucky home to such a… read more»

1995 BEST Wine List

Silks at Stonehedge Inn


Twenty-six pages and 900 bottles, many of which are unavailable at retail outlets. Sixteen champagnes. Classic California cabernets. ’89 and ’90 Opus. ’70, ’75, and ’82 Bordeaux. Six vintages of Chateau Margaux and seven of Mouton Rothschild, including a 1982… read more»

1993 BEST Wine List, Italian

Il Capricio


There may be a better Italian wine list in Italy, but maybe not. read more»

1992 BEST Wine List

Il Capriccio


Co-owner Jeannie Rogers should be every restauranteur’s model sommelier. read more»