Best Wine Shop

The popularity of the movie Sideways notwithstanding, there's more to wine than merlot and pino noir. Just head over to Boston's premier retail wine merchant to find out. Popular labels are priced as low as $8.99, and BRIX offers complimentary Friday and Saturday tastings from 6 to 8pm. A bonus: The tasting glasses are crystal stemware, served with expert but condescension-free advice. A great time to visit is BRIX by Night, a regular program that features an intimate, sit-down tasting in the store with a winemaker or local chef. More fun than a barrel of monkeys.