For many years, under the original wine director, David Raines, Gordon's in Waltham was my absolute fave. When he left I kept biting my lip and pretending that the shine had not gone off the apple.
A couple of weeks ago I had the umpteenth icky experience there and have finally given up. The issues:
- The New Director is just an unpleasant miserable snob. If you buy a $20 bottle you're a pauper. If you buy a $40 bottle, that $60 bottle is so much more noteworthy. The new guy has drifted around Boston for years, Martignetti's etc etc never finding a home. I imagine cause he is such an unpleasant snot/snob. "Spanish wines... oh they are all hot jam pies!!!" with utter disdain.
- If you are not buying a $300 Bordeaux or Burgundy then you are just a poor slob.
- Even the junior folks have taken on his miserable attitude. I recently tried to get a mixed case of under $20 bottles and made VERY clear that was my limit. Spent 5 minutes with one of the junior wine folks... Imagine my surprise when my mixed case rang up, and two bottles were $38. And many of the remainder were $23-28ish.
When I asked him about it he looked horribly mock surprised, per Mr. Evil in Austin Powers... gosh you caught me... tee hee.
I'd much rather go to Martinetti's on Soldier's Field Rd, or even Cambridge Wine and Spirits at Fresh Pond.
Unless you really like nasty behavior and condescension, skip Gordon's. So sad.