These folks just opened in Central Square at 196 Mass. Ave. and I'm already sure that this going to be one of my key "food" destinations in Boston. It's a wine and cheese store that's doing everything right. It's run by the former GM of East Coast Grill and the owners of The Blue Room.
It's not a huge wine selection, but it is thoughtfully original and priced right. Most wine stores in Boston, even apparently good ones, are stocking the same over-priced bottles. Here instead you'll find interesting regions and producers. The selection is strong at very reasonable price points: 11-15, 15-20, 20-30... It's what I've always dreamed of: a great selection of everyday wine at affordable prices.
If that weren't enough, they have a great selection of international and American cheeses, with a young, enthusiastic cheese monger happy to advise you. They also have a small selection of breads and bites. It almost makes you wish you could uncork one of those bottles on the spot and start eating... But wait... you can (sort of...)
On Tuesdays they have a $25 wine tasting which pairs 3 tastes with 3 small bites prepared by a guest chef. Tonight the guest chef was (no surprise) from The Blue Room. And on Thursdays they will convert themselves into a wine bar for the night.
I'm no wine snob, at least from my perspective. All I want is good wine for a reasonable price. Here I found myself paying less for better wine --now that's a move in the right direction.
This is my spot from now on...
196 Massachesetts Avenue
@ Central Square
East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139
1 Kendall Sq, Cambridge, MA