With fine wine comes refined tastes, but with fine wine cellars comes some of the richest tales.
There's a story to tell in every wine cellar, so that's why we're highlighting some of the best wine cellars throughout the U.S., starting with Boston.
Next time you're in the Bay State, make sure you stop by for a tour (and a bottle) at some of these grand estates:
XV Beacon: The luxury hotel on Beacon Hill has a wine room in the basement of its restaurant, Mooo, that is available for private events and meetings. The wine room has its own bar and kitchen, perfect if you're hosting your own event here, but the true gems lie in what's behind the walls. The restaurant houses some rare varietals including 1907 Heidsieck Monopole "Gout Americain" Champagne for $14,000 a bottle, and a 1996 Red French Bordeaux Pesac-Leognan, Chateau Haut-Brion for $1295. The hotel and restaurant also hosts wine tastings and wine dinners throughout the year that take place in the wine cellar.
L'Espalier: This restaurant is known for doing wondrous things with wines. The wine walls wrap around the restaurant and there are special wine nooks throughout, where you can peek in and take a look at what's being stored. With over 500 bottles of wine to choose from, you can be sure you'll find a wine to suit your tastes. You'll find bottles from just about every region in the world, but one of our favorites on hand includes the 1998 Le Montrachet, Grand Cru for $5,000. The restaurant also has its own private labels, the 1996 Westport Rivers, “Cuvée L’Espalier”, Brut from Westport, Massachusetts and 2002 Alex Gambal, “Cuvée L’Espalier”, Fixin Blanc, from Burgundy, France.
Blantyre: A little west of Boston in the Berkshires is Blantyre Resort, a Relais & Chateaux property and centuries-old estate welcoming guests year-round. Aside from its luxurious amenities, Blantyre is continuously given a Grand Award from Wine Spectator. The wine cellars here are what wine lovers dream of, so don't miss a chance for a tour. Various cellars in the hotel hold different wines from vineyards around the world, all of which are found in the wine book that is presented to you for your perusing before dinner. Blantyre is one of the few cellars to carry a Petrus for over $40,000.