Liquid Diet: Wine to Go
No need to sidle up to the bar when you can bring the somm to you. That’s the concept behind this club, which delivers packages curated by a different restaurant wine pro each month. Previous picks have come from the likes of Bar Mezzana, with Oleana’s wine director onboard for October.
Full, light, or in between: Homing in on your body preferences might be the fastest route to finding the perfect bottle, according to Urban Grape owners TJ and Hadley Douglas. This fall, they’ll expand on their South End shop’s approach with a new monthly wine club, timed to launch with their book, Drink Progressively.
If a tour of Italy’s winemaking regions isn’t in the cards this season, take an easier-to-reach romp through the country’s viniculture at Eataly. The food emporium’s all-Italian wine club highlights two to four labels each month, with access to on-site tasting seminars for members.
City Winery Boston
One part urban fermenting operation, one part concert venue, City Winery opens near the North End this month ripe with ambition. How best to navigate the offerings? Enroll in a VinoFile membership, which offers music perks plus wine-related benefits like access to a virtual sommelier program and cases of house-made red and white.
Mayhew Wine Shop
Looking to punch up your pinot knowledge or cab cred? Owner Priscilla Mayhew Murphy and her team will work with you to build custom selections as part of their connoisseur-friendly Grand Cru membership. Her new Fort Point shop also offers an entry-level Estate membership, with two bottles of “smaller-batch” wine each month.