Could anyone recommend some wine merchants in the Boston/Cambridge area? As of now, I do most of my wine shopping at either Costco (Waltham) or The Wine & Cheese Cask (Cambridge). Many thanks!
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Tom Schmeisser at Marty's in Newton. Great selection and one of the most knowledgeable and friendly guys anywhere.
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Lower Falls Wine Company, Rt. 16 on the Newton/Wellesley town line. Friendly, knowledgable staff, excellent selection and hard to find gems. The entire staff tastes, not just the wine buyer, giving a broader base of tasting notes and whomever you speak with will have first hand knowledge of the wine they are speaking of. http://www.lowerfallswine.com
Merchant's Wine & Spirits on Water Street just down from Washington.

Marty McCabe has helped me out several times with clients in Boston. Especially helpful since you cannot ship alcoholic items to Massachusetts.

"Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever" - Aristophanes
Table & Vine in Northampton. Not near Boston, but they deliver. I do most prowling in the "burbs". Post Road Liquors in Wayland is pricey but they have some nice selection.
Don't rely on Boston area stores to fill your cellar. Keep checking Costco for decent prices-check frequently as good wines can sell out fast.

Take an ocassional road trip up to NH State stores. I usually go to stores on 95N&S periodically.

As far as Boston stores-get to know the folks at Marty's in Allston. There selection is solid but their prices, especially for highly rated wines can be high. They have regional sales every month where you can get 20% off on the selected varietal. If you get to know the staff and buy enough stuff from them you can get your name on the list to get 20% off on all non-sale purchases.
As far as getting deals in Boston, this is my general recommendation at all of the "big" stores. Look for the 20% off varietal sales. This is your only chance of getting good wines at competitive prices. Blancahrad's in Allston, (recently got 6pack 2001 Neal Family for $40), Brookline Liquor Mart and Gordons in Waltham have some sort of sale just about every month. Rapid's in Stoneham is worth looking at.

My biggest piece of advice for the Boston wine collector is buy your wines off the internet. Many stores deliver to MA at a reasonable shipping cost. I get alot of my wine from winelibrary.com, premiercru.net, and garagistewine.com (they deliver to my mule in NH). There are several others. Pay for the full access to winesearcher.com. Check out the forums on vinocellar.com. I have gotten many, many tips on where to find the good stuff at great prices, before the critics review them. That is my most valuable resource.

Prices in MA are not that great so you need to have a multi-faceted attack to do well here. 1300+ bottle later, i think I speak from experience.
I own a store in Massachusetts, although it is on the other side of the state... exit #1 on your turnpike. However, I can legally deliver anywhere in the state, so please let me know if I can find anything for you. I am in Boston on wine-related business once per week, and I would be pleased to bring you anything you need. I tend to buy wine in big drops to get the best prices, so I am probably the lowest-priced store in the state on many items.

dannymay@aardvarkwine.com
ZekeBoston - nice to see you here again! Smile As one fellow portlover and WS forums old-timer to another, your once-a-month posting pace must be improved upon!

Bruins rule!
What I want to know is...what kind of an offline are we going to have once I descend upon Boston? I'm stoked about hooking up with you Northeasterners, so you can show me the ropes!

"We are the people our parents warned us about"
-J. Buffett
Great idea... Let's get all the New Englanders together for a wine dinner.

Perhaps Senator Kerry will join us and explain how he prefers both reds and whites.
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Originally posted by dannymay:
Great idea... Let's get all the New Englanders together for a wine dinner.

Perhaps Senator Kerry will join us and explain how he prefers both reds and whites.


Now, now. I hear he likes Rose.
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Originally posted by dannymay:
I own a store in Massachusetts, although it is on the other side of the state... exit #1 on your turnpike. However, I can legally deliver anywhere in the state, so please let me know if I can find anything for you. I am in Boston on wine-related business once per week, and I would be pleased to bring you anything you need. I tend to buy wine in big drops to get the best prices, so I am probably the lowest-priced store in the state on many items.

dannymay@aardvarkwine.com


dannymay,

Do you do futures? Can you get me Monte Bello? Not many retailers deal with Monte Bello futures
An offline would be great. I get so jealous of reading all the offlines. Also, I get tired of the old friends who end up passing out in my living room. Time to have new people passing out in my living room. Big Grin

MrMom
Mr Mom...
I would be obliged to be the first new friend to pass out in your living room. Although, if anyone passes out, it's more likely to be my sweet wife.

Coming from Texas, and before that Kansas, I have become accustomed to pairing my wine with Beef. I guess I will have to start pairing it with lobster, clams, crablegs, and cod and stuff.

Heck, If you all are nice enough, I just might have to get you invites to the Smith and Wollensky Friends and Family dinners that we do before we open...it would be free!!!

"We are the people our parents warned us about"
-J. Buffett
rmkam-- No, I don't deal in futures. Yet.

Texaswineguy-- There are a great number of small, "cowboy" wholesalers like me in MA. One of them is having an especially important tasting on Nantucket this June. Please let me know if you want to go, or if you want some help wading through the Massachusetts wholesaler jungle.
Texaswineguy,
During the summer, my wife and I do tend to eat more seafood because it is lighter, but we love to do surf and turfs. For Valentines day, I grilled two 16 oz. beef tenterloins and steamed 4 lobsters just for the two of us and had a bottle of '90 Silver Oak (Bonnie's vineyard) cab. Of course there was this time when we invited another couple over and had lobsters with a case of Sparkling wine.

Mr. Mom.
Dannymay, I would love any help you can give me with the wholesalers in Boston. As for the tasting in June, I won't be there yet. Thanks for the offer, though.

Everyone here (in Texas) acts like Northeasterners are a bunch of jerks. Y'all seem great!

By the way, I sold my truck, but my wife is keeping the guns! (Seriously!)

"We are the people our parents warned us about"
-J. Buffett
How about an offline in August or September? I should be there by then. How about you TWG?

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"I have lived temperately ... I double the doctor's recommendation of a glass and a half of wine a day and even treble it with a friend." - Thomas Jefferson

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