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Wine store in Boston

Campofiorin Jun 20, 2007 06:06 AM

Going to Boston this weekend and was hoping to find a good wine store with good selection and good prices. I usually just stop in NH where prices are great but selection not always that amazing. Would like to try something different this time around. We don't have that many US wines on offer in Quebec so perhaps a place where I could find some nice Oregon pinot noir or Washington Cab aside from the usual suspects (Argyle, Columbia Crest). Thanks a lot for your kind help.

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  1. Joanie RE: Campofiorin Jun 20, 2007 06:15 AM

    Here's a post with lots of suggestions:


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      hellohi1968 RE: Joanie Jun 20, 2007 05:51 PM

      I second that! Brix is great and they will talk you through anything. Simply ask and they will steer you in the right direction. They are passionate about wine but not pretentious donkeys. They offer a wine Six Pack and monthly specials. The layout of the store is great so you are not overwhealmed when you walk in. Washington and Waltham ish.

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      BostonBarGuy RE: Campofiorin Jun 20, 2007 06:28 AM

      Brix Wine shop on Washington Street in the South End.

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        billyboy14 RE: Campofiorin Jun 20, 2007 06:28 AM

        I will weigh in with many of the people who voted for the Wine and Cheese Cask in Somerville. I used to live right down the street in Cambridge and even though I now live in the southern burbs, I still go back. They have no pretensions and will give you courteous advice no matter what your level of knowledge is. The poster who recounted giving them a $20 budget and being shown a terrific bottle for $15 had it right on the money (no pun intended). The cheese counter is terrific, too, and they will happily give you samples of the cheeses and olives if you ask.

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          kittychow RE: billyboy14 Jun 20, 2007 06:35 AM

          I agree with billyboy, the Wine & Cheese Cask is wonderful. It's on the Cambridge/Somerville line so it's not terribly remote. I go there often and have always been happy with the suggestions I've received.

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            chowfamily RE: billyboy14 Jun 20, 2007 06:57 AM

            Esprit du Vin on the north side of Milton (just south of the city) is excellent. I would call ahead or e-mail them to make sure they have what you are looking for. It might be a bit of a detour, but parking is no problem and they are serious about the quality of their wine.

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              billyboy14 RE: chowfamily Jun 20, 2007 09:26 AM

              I was going to mention Esprit du Vin as well. They have very knowledgeable help and some great cheeses as well. The only down side is that I never seem to find them open. I can't recall if they have posted hours, and if they do, I'm sure they don't keep to them. Call ahead, definitely!

          2. cheftori RE: Campofiorin Jun 20, 2007 06:46 AM

            Hey Y'all,
            There are lots of good wine stores in Boston. Here are a few that are downtown:
            Brix Wine in the South End - don't let the trendy appearance fool you, they have good prices.
            Bauer Wine on Newbury Street - friendly and knowledgeable.
            Deluca Market in Beacon Hill - a nice market with a good wine shop downstairs.
            I hope this helps. Have a great weekend.

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              Hungry GR RE: Campofiorin Jun 20, 2007 06:50 AM

              Close to Boston is Atlas Liquors in Medford. They often have amazing sales, and the wine staff are very knowledgeable and helpful.

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                Small Plates RE: Hungry GR Jun 20, 2007 07:50 AM

                Enthusiastically seconded. My wine store of record - owners are always in the store and working the floor - very helpful with wine questions. Also a very nice and reasonably priced port selection.

              2. ChefJune RE: Campofiorin Jun 20, 2007 06:53 AM

                Wine and Cheese Cask!

                If you're fond of Italian wines, don't miss Cirace's on Richmond Street in the North End. They carry lots of other inventory, but the specialty is definitely Italian, and the owner is extremely knowledgeable about all Italian wines.

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                  BackBayGirl RE: Campofiorin Jun 20, 2007 07:34 AM

                  Trader Joe's in Coolidge Corner or in Cambridge has a great wine selection and prices are inexpensive. I've found Charles Street Liquors to be reliable as well.

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                    robwat36 RE: BackBayGirl Jun 20, 2007 08:34 AM

                    I like the Wine Gallery on Rt. 9 near Brookline Village. They have those cool machines that let you sample the wine yourself.

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                      edgewater RE: robwat36 Jun 20, 2007 08:42 AM

                      Brookline Liquor Mart @ 1354 Commonwealth Avenue in Allston.

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                        Campofiorin RE: edgewater Jun 20, 2007 09:24 AM

                        Thanks all for your kind help. I will note them all and try visit one or two of them depending on where I'll be through the weekend. But looking at it a little a bit more, it'll probably be Wine Cheese and cask as we're having dinner at Oleana on sat. night and it seems to be 5-10 mins away.

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                          billyboy14 RE: Campofiorin Jun 21, 2007 10:22 AM

                          OOhh, Oleana is nice. Enjoy. As you pass through Inman Sq. on your way to Wine and Cheese Cask, head up Cambridge St.(towards Boston) for a block or two and get some fantastic ice cream at Christina's :)

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                            Campofiorin RE: billyboy14 Jun 21, 2007 01:01 PM

                            Thanks for the recommendation. We've been to Oleana before and my GF insisted that we return this time around. I'm more than happy to oblige.

                  2. tatamagouche RE: Campofiorin Jun 21, 2007 06:47 AM

                    Am I missing it, or has no one mentioned the Wine Bottega in the North End yet? For its size the best in Boston IMO--very boutique/curio oriented, always plenty of stuff you can't find anywhere else.

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