Best Wine List in Boston

2013 Best Wine List

Oleana

Cambridge

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…Read More

2012 Best Wine List, Upscale

No. 9 Park

Boston

For the past two decades, Barbara Lynch has relied on sommelier Cat Silirie for all things wine—and for good reason. No. 9 Park is one of the city’s most rewarding…Read More

2012 Best Wine List

Bergamot

Somerville

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…Read More

2011 Best Wine List, Upscale

Troquet

Boston

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…Read More

2011 Best Wine List, Casual

Rendezvous

Cambridge

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…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…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…Read More

2009 Best Wine List

Legal Sea Foods

Boston

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…Read More

2008 Best Wine List

Troquet

Boston

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…Read More

2008 Best Wine List, Affordable

Silvertone

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…Read More

2008 Best Wine List, Affordable

Silvertone Bar & Grill

Boston

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…Read More

2007 Best Wine List, Affordable

Les Zygomates

Boston

Though no slouch when it comes to premium wines (offering showstoppers that top three figures), Les Zyg hasn’t forgotten the budget tippler: On any night you can uncork a low-profile…Read More

2007 Best Wine List

Bin 26 Enoteca

Boston

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…Read More

2006 Best Wine List, Upscale

Troquet

Boston

What it lacks in location and pedigree, Troquet more than makes up for with enophilic offerings. Situated on a barren stretch of Boylston Street, the teeny restaurant manages to keep…Read More

2006 Best Wine List, Affordable

Les Zygomates

Boston

The pleasures of wine-drinking diminish considerably when everything a restaurant pours (a) puts you in debt or (b) comes from a vintner or varietal you’ve never heard of. Cheers, then,…Read More

2005 Best Wine List

Abe & Louie’s

Boston

Ordering from a wine list the size of an encyclopedia can be intimidating. But not at Abe & Louie’s, where you won’t be disappointed no matter which bottle you pick….Read More

2005 Best Wine List, Affordable

Sel de la Terre

Boston

Raise your glass to wine director Erik Johnson. An unapologetic Francophile with a giddy crush on Burgundy, Johnson has forsworn his first (and oh-so-pricey) love to find us delicious bargains…Read More

2003 Best Wine List, Upscale

Meritage

Boston

It should come as no surprise that the wine list at Meritage is outstanding. The entire concept of the restaurant is, after all, about pairing food and wine. After 15…Read More

2003 Best Wine List, Affordable

Les Zygomates Wine Bar & Bistro

Boston

The muscles on your face that give you the ability to smile—les zygomates, as the French call them—get a good workout at this Leather District restaurant of the same name,…Read More

2002 Best Wine List, Upscale

No. 9 Park

Boston

Oenophiles searching for a wine list that both delights and challenges need look no further than the fringes of Boston Common. No. 9 Park wine director Cat Silirie has organized…Read More

2002 Best Wine List, Affordable

White Star Tavern

Boston

While most restaurants mark up their wine selections to more than double the price of a bottle, White Star Tavern owner Frank Bell keeps his bottles priced at no more…Read More

2001 Best Wine List, Affordable

Veronique

Brookline

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…Read More

2001 Best Wine List

Radius

Boston

Food without wine is, well, just food. But add the right wine and a meal can become a symphony, a masterfully composed creation of flavors and textures married in perfect…Read More

2000 Best Wine List, Affordable

Aquitaine

Boston

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…Read More

2000 Best Wine List, High-End

The Federalist

Boston

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…Read More

1998 Best Wine List, Affordable

Uva

Boston

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…Read More

1998 Best Wine List

Anthony’s Pier Four

Boston

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…Read More

1997 Best Wine List, Affordable

Anthony’s Pier 4

Boston

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…Read More

1997 Best Wine List, Selection

The Stonehedge Inn

Tygnsboro

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….Read More

1995 Best Wine List

Silks at Stonehedge Inn

Tyngsboro

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…Read More

1993 Best Wine List, Italian

Il Capricio

Waltham

There may be a better Italian wine list in Italy, but maybe not…Read More

1992 Best Wine List

Il Capriccio

Waltham

Co-owner Jeannie Rogers should be every restauranteur’s model sommelier…Read More

1982 Best Wine List, Restaurant

Anthony’s Pier 4

Boston

A year and a half ago, Anthony Athanas told us his axiom for success was to “buy the best product.” His wine list reflects that. It’s broad, deep, and reasonable…Read More

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