Wine Enthusiast has just released its third annual Top 100 Best Wine Restaurants issue, and three Boston and Cambridge favorites landed spots on the coveted list, which highlights places that "serve up a true passion for presenting mind-blowing wine-and-food pairings." For historical perspective, the inaugural list in 2011 included Troquet and Menton, as did 2012, which added Moksa and Craigie on Main.
This year, the Northeast region of the list was dominated by NYC and DC restaurants, but Boston's own Menton, Troquet, and Craigie on Main (Cambridge) made the cut once again. Thoughts from Wine Enthusiast:
Craigie on Main: The magazine suggests "an incredible wine-and-food pairing" — "Cedric Bouchard's 2010 Inflorescence Champagne, paired with fried Nova Scotia smelt and squid ink aioli." The wine list leans towards the Old World and is "primarily French," and the listing includes a recipe for chef Tony Maws' pork heart and sausage ragout.
Menton: "Menton strives for balance between wine and food, featuring a blend of French discipline and Italian passion," writes Wine Enthusiast. A must-try wine and food pairing: "The butter soup paired with Pierre Peters NV Blanc de Blancs Champagne is a perfect match. The wine echoes the dish's minerality, and its acidity lifts the flavor of the soup."
Troquet: With "500-plus bottles of rare and mature selections from the Old and New World," the wine list is extensive, to say the least, and the menu lists pairing suggestions for every dish. "The roast suckling pig finds a perfect pairing partner in a 1998 or 1995 Châteauneuf-du-Pape."
· All coverage of Craigie on Main on Eater [~EBOS~]
· All coverage of Menton on Eater [~EBOS~]
· All coverage of Troquet on Eater Boston [~EBOS~]