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Central Bottle Wine & Provisions
Wine Store$$$$
Today 11AM–8PM
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196 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA 02139
196 Massachusetts AvenueUSMassachusettsCambridge02139
(617) 225-0040centralbottle.com
$$$$Wine Store, Bar
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Today 11AM–8PM
Monday 11AM–8PMTuesday 11AM–8PMWednesday 11AM–8PMThursday 11AM–8PMFriday 11AM–9PMSaturday 11AM–8PMSunday 12–6PM
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Sleek wine store with a modern Italian vibe offering sustainable bottles plus cheese & charcuterie.- Google
"I don't know wine well enough to judge their selection/prices."
"Love this place--awesome wine recs without the attitude."
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Brian Watson
6 months ago
Great cheese selection!!!! They carry some of my all-time favorites! However when I mentioned really liking one of their cheeses and that I was looking for something similar in flavor, the recommendations they gave were embarrassingly far off target. The cheesemonger is also a rather unfriendly woman. Beer selection is curated well, but horribly overpriced (understandable considering their target demographic, according to their current store cook: rich white Cambridge folk with no hesitation for spending money at cutesy 'local' shops). I don't know wine well enough to judge their selection/prices. I do know that the staff seemed too pretentious to bother asking about wine. Wine has enough of a sigma as it is, and this place sure isn't helping counteract that. But I really do love their cheese selection so I keep going back.
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Stavros Macrakis
a year ago
Very well-chosen cheeses, salamis, hams, and so on. Also fresh bread. All handy to MIT, Kendall Sq, and Central Sq. Though the per-pound price is high, you can taste before you choose, and buy as little as you want. Friendly and helpful staff. Their wine selection is good, but for those who drink a lot (like me), you're better off finding a store with lower prices and buying by the case. That said, if you go to their weekly free tastings (Fridays 5-7), you may well find something you love.
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Mario Becerra
7 months ago
Hornbacher cheese from Switzerland is great.
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Taryn Collins
4 years ago
Beautiful shop with great eats and wonderful wine. Extremely knowledgeable, helpful and friendly staff - and I love the cheese counter. Also really appreciate that they sell a wide range of wines - in terms of type and price point, which makes it accessible to all. Fantastic resource for serious wine-lovers!
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Stavros Macrakis
3 months ago
Excellent selection of cheeses, artisanal cold cuts, and wine, all at very high prices. The saving grace is that (a) they have free wine tastings on Friday afternoons; (b) they will cut you as little cheese or meat as you want, so even if you're eating alone, you can get 4oz of this and 2oz of that to go with a loaf of bread and some wine.
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forrest whitcher
a month ago
Amazing cheese selection
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Eva Breitenbach
4 years ago
Love this place--awesome wine recs without the attitude. I went in once with a friend who was looking for "Red wine in the $10 range," and they gave her a ton of great recommendations. Also good for $20+ bottles, of course. I haven't tried the meat and cheeses, but reliable sources tell me that they are delicious. For maximal awesomeness, double up with a visit to Flour (right next door).
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Rachel Leah Blumenthal
4 years ago
When I worked in Kendall Square, I would occasionally speed-walk over to Central Bottle for lunch - the simple sandwiches are outstanding and addictive. The wine and cheese selection is exceptional, the staff is extremely knowledgeable, and - bonus! - there are some other local goodies available as well, like chocolates and jams. This is definitely one of the best places to buy wine in the area.