Best of Boston

1999 Best Wine Shop

Brookline Liquor Mart

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, and the result is a selection that is extraordinarily broad and deep. Bargain hunters can look for finds in BLM’s basement and close-out bins, and special at its Saturday tastings. And for the real oenophile cum computer geek, its e-mail newsletter, with Roger Ormon’s informative tasting notes, keeps you abreast of a wide range of special offerings, as does its Web site at

1354 Commonwealth Ave., Allston, 617-734-7700,