The Best Local Wine Shops in the South EndJun 19, 2020 Blog Neoscape
With summer approaching, now is a great time to support local South End businesses by ordering a bottle or two of crisp rosé or a selection of cheeses and other provisions to round out a cocktail hour spread at home. The best local wine shops, just moments away from 100 Shawmut, provide expertly curated selections along with a customer-first experience and contactless delivery and pick-up options.
In 2009, owners TJ and Hadley Douglas opened The Urban Grape, one of Boston’s premier wine shops, and have created a true mecca for the city’s connoisseurs. The shop is the first in the world to employ the “Progressive Shelving” method that organizes wines according to the body instead of the region of origin or by varietal. Patrons less familiar with their catalog of wines will also find friendly and personalized guidance from this Best of Boston award-winning shop, which is known for making the process of choosing the perfect vintage less intimidating. The Urban Grape continues to serve its patrons in their shop or through online deliveries.
Just a few blocks south of the South End residences at 100 Shawmut, BRIX Wine Shop—named after the “Brix” measurement of the sugar content of grapes at harvest—isn’t simply a stylish wine shop with neatly organized walls of wine. Cofounders Carri Wroblewski and Klaudia Mally, who call themselves “the BRIX chix,” set out to create an inviting space for their patrons. For nearly two decades, their shop has provided exactly that home-away-from-home oasis for the South End neighborhood and its wine lovers, who can browse their extensive selection of wine and spirits, including lesser-known and smaller vintners, all expertly hand-selected by their knowledgeable staff. The shop’s emphasis on personalized customer service continues today, as their staff continues to curate customized collections of wines and spirits for pick-up or delivery.
As Bacco’s Wine + Cheese has declared, their “love of wine is reflected in the diversity of the collection.” They make good on that promise by seeking out exciting new wines that keep their shelves constantly replenished. Their selection of wines hails from Bordeaux and Sonoma while extending to the Canary Islands where they have found top-notch producers and growers. Not to be outdone by the wines, the beers at Bacco’s include an extensive and regularly updated selection from independent and local brewers, including sour beers and Rauchbier (German smoked beer). As with their wine and beer selection, Bacco’s cheese offerings are updated to reflect the freshest options on the market, highlighting American and East Coast cheeses, all of which can be sampled along with a tasting of their wines.
Life in the South End provides access to some of the city’s best-curated wine shops. These stalwarts of the community continue to provide their expertise and loving dedication to bringing home the world’s finest vintages and crisp local IPAs from Boston’s best breweries—all while keeping the neighborhood happy, healthy, and distinctively local.
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