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Nov 7, 2006 04:20 PM

best wine shop?

I am going to splurge and get a "great" bottle for a small dinner party. Where should I go in Boston? who has the best selection of high end wines? I am looking to spend $200-$300, and while I know that I wont be getting any 2000 petrus for that I still want something great.


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  1. Hmm. If you want a great bottle of wine that will wow guests and be something they've never seen, I like the Wine Bottega in the North End. Few over $100, but what they have is great.

    For a "great" bottle of wine, one that guests may recognize the name of, I like Marty's in Allston, they have a separate room for their expensive wines, while most stores just have a dedicated case. Unfortunately, if you go there during an off time, their wine experts may not be there and the rest of the staff won't be much help.

    If you're up for a drive, Table and Vine in Northampton has an amazing selection of both interesting and hard-to-find gems, as well as a wide array of the "great" bottles. Nothing in Boston comes close on selection.

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    1. re: DoubleMan

      I think they're the best, there's also a Marty's on Washington Street in Newton between the Whole Foods and Walnut Street.

    2. I really like the Wine and Cheese Cask in Somerville (Corner of Beacon and Kirkland Streets). Their staff is always so knowledgeable and helpful.

      There's also a good shop in the S End, but I'm forgetting the name...

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      1. re: heathermb

        Brix is in the South End. Correct me if I am wrong, but they focus more on the middle-to-high priced range ($20-100) rather than very expensive bottles?

        1. re: heathermb

          There are a couple of good wine shops in the South End. One is the Wine Emporium on Tremont and Dartmouth and the other is New Boston on Columbus and West Newton. I have always found them both to be helpful though I don't shop for wines in the $200 price range.

        2. Inside city limits I can recommend BLM Wine + Spirits ( on Comm Ave as a place with helpful employees & decent selection. And, less helpfully, my hands-down favorite shop is Harrigans in Hamilton on Rt 1A. I know it's a hike, but they are worth the drive, to me.

          1. Winecellar of Silene in Waltham. Just off Rt. 128, near the Costco.

            1. Go see Howie Ruben at Bauer Wine on Newbury Street. I know he has some first growth Bordeaux and a few other gems in your price range.

              I would call ahead and discuss what you want with him. He always takes such good care of me when I need something special. He's been our main wine guy since we moved to Boston.