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If the custom-made wine cases — and the 12,000 bottles they hold — flanking both ends of the contemporary rectangular room are any indication, Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar takes its wine seriously. With more than 850 varietals, you’ll be hard-pressed not to find a bottle that suits your mood and your menu selection. The carte du jour is even organized by styles, such as sparkling and full-bodied whites, to ensure that you get the most from your food and drink (and if you get confused, the affable and wine-versed staff is eager to assist).

Recently upgraded with a sleek and stylish eye, Meritage now offers a unique Vineyard to Table dining experience, where the art of matching wine with food is done through a menu that simplifies the pairings. A key player at the Boston Wine Festival, the nation’s longest running annual winemaker dinner series, chef Daniel Bruce incorporates local ingredients into his dishes as often as possible. His deeply rooted ties with vintners across the globe give him the opportunity to source ingredients exclusively for Meritage. Every menu item, which has unique ingredients to enhance the flavor of the wine, can be ordered as a small or large plate, so feel free to share and taste more than a few. Oh, and did we mention that the restaurant also holds claim to one of the best views of Boston Harbor? Good food, exceptional vino, romantic vistas — no wonder it’s become a solid date-night destination.

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