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BEST Wine List

2013 BEST Wine List



Wine director Lauren Friel lists her selections with tasting notes geared toward chef Ana Sortun’s Mediterranean-influenced menu—e.g., melon-and-fennel for whites, rosemary-and-cassis for reds. In addition to offering more-unusual wines from the usual countries (a rose from Corsica, sparkling wines from… read more»

2012 BEST Wine List



This warm, elegant Somerville bistro was cleverly designed to suit both neighborhood residents and those who travel for a celebratory meal—a nice balance that can be attributed in part to wine director Kai Gagnon’s skill in choosing wines for both… read more»

2011 BEST Wine List, Upscale



Many of the guests here are oenophiles, behaving as they would at a wine festival—eating, sure, but mostly between sips. The list (packed with plenty of by-the-glass options) is a compendium of hard-to-find bottles chosen by proprietor Chris Campbell, all… read more»

2011 BEST Wine List, Casual



Guided by chef Steve Johnson’s dedication to local, sustainable ingredients, Rendezvous wine director Nicole Bernier puts an emphasis on organic and biodynamic options from the West Coast and Europe. But the kicker here is value: Most bottles fall below $50…. read more»

2011 BEST Wine List

American Seasons

Nantucket Island

Unless you’ve spent some time really exploring Napa, you’re not likely to recognize many of the 500-plus bottles on American Seasons’ wine list. Which suits us just fine. Sommelier Orla Murphy-LaScola does the homework for us: She spends the off-season… read more»

2010 BEST Wine List

American Seasons

Nantucket Island

It’s a bold statement for a city mag to give the stellar-cellar nod to a restaurant located a couple of hours (and several modes of transportation) from downtown. But for those willing to roll with the car-ferry-taxi shuffle, the reward… read more»

2009 BEST Wine List

Legal Sea Foods


Red wine with meat, white wine with fish—whoa, not so fast! Wine director Sandy Block has compiled 40 pages (because 41 would just be silly) of bottles selected in blind tastings for menu compatibility, resulting in the ideal muscadet for… read more»

2008 BEST Wine List, Affordable


Despite the walls covered in vintage wine labels and street signs from French wine strongholds, Silvertone feels more like a chummy pub than a posh wine bar. And yet its buyers are no slouches, having compiled a list chock-full of… read more»

2008 BEST Wine List



Renouncing the run-of-the-mill wine list, Troquet instead plops by-the-glass options (a rotating roster of 40-plus) onto the main menu, where they share the limelight with whichever strategically crafted French-fusion dishes complement them best. If a bottle is preferred, the crack… 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»