May 25 is a day to celebrate the fruit of the vine. National Wine Day is the perfect time to get together and share a bottle with fully vaccinated friends. We're well on our way to rosé season, so consider something pink and toast to spring. These are just a few of the best wine bars and restaurants with stellar wine programs in Boston.
Troquet On South
Owner/Sommelier Chris Campbell has put together one of the finest wine lists in the city, focusing on French reds at Troquet on South. The wine book is expansive at over 40 pages long. Don't be deterred. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable and can point you in the direction of something new to savor by the glass or by the bottle. Relish the Grand Window's legacy with a glass of Veuve Cliquot Brut or Brut Rosé in two or four ounce pours. Tour the world through your glass with super Tuscans from Italy, a malbec from Argentina, rich cabernets sauvignons from California, or ports from Portugal. All available by the glass in a variety of pour sizes. The food menu is designed to pair well with wine with appetizers like diver scallop crudo, a selection of cheeses, or Hudson Valley foie gras.
Fromage Wine Bar And Restaurant
If you're looking for a relaxed atmosphere to have a glass of wine in South Boston, Fromage Wine Bar and Restaurant is the place to go. Taste the best grapes in the world with the "Create Your Own Flight" option available in red, white, and rosé. The wine menu is neatly curated and approachable regardless of your wine knowledge. Sip and swirl rich riojas and Tempranillos from Spain, muscadet from France, or organic whites from California. As the name suggests, Fromage has plenty of cheese to pair with your flight. Allow the cheesemonger to select a spread of cheese from around the world or narrow in on cheeses specifically from France, Italy, or pungent blue varieties.
Haley.henry gained national notoriety when it was named a James Beard Award semi-finalist for its outstanding wine program two years in a row. The knowledgeable and friendly staff are ready to educate and introduce guests to their new favorite wine. The focus of the wine program is on natural and small-production bottlings. If you're afraid of commitment, Haley.henry has a half bottle program, so you don't need to sell yourself on a full bottle. Instead of the traditional cheese and charcuterie pairing (although they do offer that as well), the menu leans heavily on luxurious tinned seafood, a truly European and Nordic contribution. They offer six different kinds of sardines or shellfish as well as a wealth of other seafood like mackerel, anchovies, and smoked trout.
Bin 26 Enoteca
The seasonally driven wine list and food menu at Bin 26 Enoteca are great reasons to visit Beacon Hill. A "bin" plus a number is where a specific wine can be found in the wine cellar, and an "enoteca" is a traditional Italian spot to get simple food and a delicious glass of wine. The focus of the globally-inspired wine menu centers on smaller, artisan producers rather than big corporations. Join Bin 26 for a cava brunch where three different kinds of cava are offered alongside a pre-fixe menu. Large groups and small can easily be accommodated here. Spring by-the-glass offerings include jammy gamays from Beaujolais, Rieslings from Mosel, and Chenin blanc from the Loire Valley.
BISq Restaurant And Wine Bar
Sister restaurant to Bergamot in Inman Square, BISq is a Cambridge spot for a glass of wine and inventive American small plates. The wine menu focuses on natural, organic, and bio-dynamic wines from around the globe. The by-the-glass menu is small but mighty and includes incredible wines like the 2020 Kumusha Chenin blanch from South African and an Italian barbera from 2019. Get the whole quaran-team together for a private event and order a whole roasted animal dinner for the entire crew. The chef roasts the animal whole, and it is meant to be savored off the bone. Whole animal offerings include pork, lamb, goat, duck, chicken, and fish and include a dessert for the group.
Piattini Wine Cafe
Back Bay's Piattini Wine Cafe is currently open for patio dining and take-out. Wines on the by-the-glass menu are listed from the lightest to the fullest body to make it easier to find the glass best suited for you. If you're drinking with a crowd, the Reserve List is worth perusing to celebrate National Wine Day. The Veneto Amarone and the Piedmont Barolo are worthy of celebratory toasts. The bouquet and flavor profiles are rich and perfect for the mild May weather. Pair it all with burrata alongside heirloom tomatoes or succulent lobster ravioli.