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lepetitgourmand Apr 12, 2010 11:31 AM

I'll be in Boston for the first weekend in May. I'll only be in town for 48 hours and would like to buy a couple of bottles of fine wine. What are the best stores that would carry the largest selection of American (cali and oregon), French or Italian wines. Close to Newberry street is a plus.

  1. Tir_na_nOg May 11, 2010 04:50 AM

    All good suggestions, except he was asking about "boutique west coast chard or pinot", not Italian, French, burgundy... Wish it was easier to find those in Boston.

    LOL, I was just in DC for a week-long conference and had a 1964 Monte Bello (birth year!) from one of the original owners cellar shipped to me there from CA just so I could carry it back to Boston in my luggage!

    Off topic, but I've noticed Gordon's in Waltham is now getting in a lot of Ridge wines, including Monte Bello and Geyserville. Nice to see.

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      Ricardo Malocchio Apr 20, 2010 07:44 AM

      Another vote for Federal, particularly for French and Italian wines. If Pete or Len are not there, be sure to take the windy stairway in the back down to the cellar as there is only a very minimal selection upstairs. Barolo and Barberesco selection is fantastic, but much less emphasis on Brunellos and other Tuscans. Good Burgundy selection, too.

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        hydraaa Apr 19, 2010 04:29 PM

        Ok...I've been into wine for about 25 years...if you are serious...go see Len at Federal Street Wines...he's forgotten more about Burgundy than most people know...if you want Italian, talk to Peter there...very knowledgable...great guys...if you are willing to get into a cab and travel 10 miles down the MassPike, go see Tom Smeizer at Marty's in Newton...the best and very knowledgable about many wines...I know both of these establishments for about 20 years...

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        1. re: hydraaa
          StriperGuy Apr 20, 2010 11:38 AM

          If you are really heading out to the burbs and like Burgundy you really can't neglect Gordon's in Waltham, David Raines the long time Wine Director is now just a consultant, but his one true love is Burgundy and he imports quite a few himself.

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          jajjguy Apr 17, 2010 08:36 PM

          Federal Street Wine for sure. Very very strong in French and Italian. Also good with American, but focus is old world. Check their hours: they close at 7pm most days.
          Brookline Liquor Mart is worth the trip for its selection of aged French stuff, if that's what you're after, but you'll definitely pay for it.
          I've heard good things about Brix... anyone?

          Brookline Liquor Mart
          1354 Commonwealth Ave, Allston, MA

          1. Tir_na_nOg Apr 12, 2010 07:01 PM

            Where are you coming from that Boston(!) is a good place to buy wine?

            Marty's (Newton) or Brookline (aka, "The Mouse Trap") probably have the best selection, but not near Newbury.

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            1. re: Tir_na_nOg
              lepetitgourmand Apr 12, 2010 10:08 PM

              I'm coming from toronto. I'll be there for 48 hours, not sure about the car, but probably could get a lift. I'm looking for boutique west coast chard or pinot. Something like Beaux freres, that i can't find in canada. I'm going to check out a couple of the websites, thanks!

              1. re: lepetitgourmand
                Tir_na_nOg Apr 13, 2010 07:55 PM

                Those will be hard to find here. But Blanchards does have the '06 BEAUX FRÈRES Pinot Noir The Beaux Frères Vineyard for $85.

                Can you get Mount Eden chards in Toronto? Just saw the '05 and '06 Mount Eden Estate Santa Cruz Mountain at Vinodivino in Newton (not the cheapest local retailer). That's probably the best white wine made in the Western hemisphere! More in common with a white Burgundy than a typical over-oaked cali chard.

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              winedude Apr 12, 2010 03:13 PM

              There are some excellent places in the suburbs, but few downtown with any real selection. Will you have a car, or any excuse to travel outside the city?

              Federal Wine is a good suggestion--don't let its small size fool you, they have a very good selection.

              Brookline Liquor Mart is a relatively short cab ride, with a huge selection, and OK pricing.

              Brookline Liquor Mart
              1354 Commonwealth Ave, Allston, MA

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              1. re: winedude
                BobB May 11, 2010 06:37 AM

                Brookline Liquor is also on the green line (subway), a straight shot from Newbury St. Get on at the closest station (Arlington, Copley, or Hynes, depending where you're staying) and take the B Line outbound to the Griggs St. stop. BLM is a block up on your left.

              2. StriperGuy Apr 12, 2010 12:26 PM

                Bauer is on Newbury, but not a very serious wine store.

                The places near downtown that are really respectable:

                Federal Wine

                Brookline Liquor Mart http://www.blmwine.com/

                In Boston the really big, good, well priced places tend to be in the semi-burbs...


                Atlas (various locations


                Martignetti's (various)

                Blanchard's (various)

                etc. etc.

                Brookline Liquor Mart
                1354 Commonwealth Ave, Allston, MA

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                  Taralli Apr 12, 2010 12:19 PM


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