Best Wine Shop in Boston

2015 Best Wine Shop

Social Wines

South Boston

Without pomp and pretense, this shop dares to make wine what it should be: fun. Passionate staffers are happy to guide you through their unmatched range of raw, natural wines;…Read More

2014 Best Wine Shop

Streetcar Wine & Beer

Jamaica Plain

Streetcar might not be the biggest shop in Boston, but that actually works to your advantage: Owner Michael Dupuy selects every bottle from the finest, most conscientious producers, which translates…Read More

2013 Best Wine Shop

Ball Square Fine Wines

Somerville

Few wine shops are as easy (or as fun) to explore as Ball Square. There are the weekly Friday-night tastings, the nearby cheese counter for perfect fromage pairings, and the…Read More

2012 Best Wine Shop

Central Bottle and Provisions

Cambridge

We’ve had it with snotty wine sellers. You know what? Sometimes all we want is an oaky California chardonnay. Instead of judging our palates or wallets, the folks at Central…Read More

2011 Best Wine Shop

Ball Square Fine Wines

Somerville

There are glossier retailers of rioja and champagne. But Ball Square’s supreme approachability has us bubbling over. Once a perfectly respectable neighborhood store, this shop has gradually expanded into a…Read More

2010 Best Wine Shop

Central Bottle and Provisions

Cambridge

We like to think we know wine. But like 99 percent of the population, we really just like to drink it. Thank heaven for Liz Vilardi, the nose-in-the-know at sparkling…Read More

2008 Best Wine Shop

Bauer Wine & Spirits

Boston

Here in the Hub, oenophiles generally have two types of stores from which to choose. There’s the overly curated boutique, where every bottle warrants its own spotlight and price hike….Read More

2007 Best Wine Shop

Wine Gallery

Brookline

This standout vino peddler has always put up a broad range of bottles and good advice. But the wine jukebox—a nifty contraption that doles out samples for free—at its Brookline…Read More

2006 Best Wine Shop

Wine Galley

Brookline

Wine stores tend to cater to either experts or idiots. If, like most of us, you’re somewhere in between, head to the Wine Gallery, a shop as welcoming to neophytes…Read More

2005 Best Wine Shop

Gordon’s Fine Wines & Spirits

Waltham

If you love French wines, you’ll love Gordon’s. Wine director David Raines spends three months a year scouting the best from Burgundy, Alsace, and the Rhone—although he also showcases Italian…Read More

2004 Best Wine Shop

Brix Wine Shop

Boston

Brix is so different in look and concept from its competitors, people often mistake it for an expensive boutique. Don’t be fooled: Co-owners Carri Wroblewski and Klaudia Mally have created…Read More

2003 Best Wine Shop

Brookline Liquor Mart

Allston

With its oaky scent, worn wooden shelves, and thousands of bottles, Brookline Liquor Mart is simply an oenophile’s delight. This superstore has been doling out educated, accessible wine advice for…Read More

2002 Best Wine Shop

Bauer Wines & Spirits

Boston

You’ve planned the menu and invited the guests. Now you need the perfect wine to make the dinner party a success. Look no further: Bauer Wines & Spirits buyer Howie…Read More

2001 Best Wine Shop

Brookline Liquor Mart

Allston

We’re fond of smaller wine shops—Back Bay’s excellent Bauer Wine & Spirits, say, and Somerville’s Wine and Cheese Cask (where you can pick up some good bread and cheese), or…Read More

2000 Best Wine Shop

Westport Rivers Vineyard’s Sparkling Wines

Westport

Vintners Bob and Carol Russell often refer to themselves as farmers rather than winemakers, though they produce a national and international award-winning series of methode Champenoise sparkling wines. These are…Read More

1999 Best Wine Shop

Brookline Liquor Mart

Allston

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…Read More

1998 Best Wine Shop

Brookline Liquor Mart

Allston

For lovers of serious french wines, Brookline Liquor Mart is one of the best stores in the country. True, if you are looking for widely available wines, you may find…Read More

1995 Best Wine Shop

Marty’s Liquors

Newtonville

Thousands (yes, thousands!) of bottles to choose from and several hundred beers. If you’re stuck for a selection or need advice, look for wine buyer Tom Schmeisser. He’s one of…Read More

1992 Best Wine Shop

The Wine Cask

Somerville

Great selection, fair prices, and a very helpful and knowledgeable staff…Read More

1991 Best Wine Shop

Violette Wine Cellars

Cambridge

Richard Kzirian’s selection may seem small, but as Spencer Tracy once said, what’s there is “cherce.” Kziriain’s advice is indispensable…Read More

1979 Best Wine Shop

Jobi Liquors

Boston

The best place in town for free advice with your wine, for specials, and case discounts (10 percent). John Gilbert (236 Boylston St.) might have a better selection of reds,…Read More

1978 Best Wine Shop

Winecellar of Silene

Waltham

Proprietors Jim and Lucy Hangstefer scour the vineyards of Europe and California for bargains on high-quality wines, most retailing in the two- to six-dollar range. Madeleine Kamman shops here…Read More

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