The  Metro Bistrot


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Wine & spirits

Their would be no Western literature, philosophy, or democracy without the creation of wine.


    The Metro Bistrot does not have a Wine & Beer License at this time. However, customers may bring their own (BYOB), although we now charge a corkage fee ($5 for one bottle and $10 for two or more).
    The closest store to the bistrot is Austin Spirits on Main Street in Southbridge (3 minutes away). They carry a selection of wines for us (marked by Metro cards), which can be found at the beginning of their third aisle and on the right. My favorite wines are their reasonable 2015 and 2016 Bordeauxs or their Joseph Drouhin 2014 Burgundies, especially their Chablis, or to splurge, their Meursault. Buy the latter wine if you want to impress yourself, which is a good thing from time to time.
Of course we also recommend Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge, which has the largest stock of wines, especially French wines, in the area. Their Bordeauxs are especially good deals. However, when buying them, go by the year, in this case, the 2016, 2015, 2010, 2009, or 2005. Avoid other years unless the chateau has a consistent and good reputation. Nota bene: the wine managers are especially knowledgeable and helpful at Yankee.
    In addition, Marty's on Main Street in Dudley has several French wines that are of especially good value for their quality and price. These are: 1) Trimbach's Pinot Blanc from Alsace (white), 2) a 2011 Savigny-les-Beaune (red Burgundy) from Vincent Sauvestre, 3) a 2010 Cotes du Rhone, La Griveliere (red), and 4) a simple 2010 Pinot Noir Burgundy (red) blend from Josephine Dubois. On the domestic side, there is also a Californian chardonnay, 2009, which is a steal and drink now white. For the best deal, try to buy a mixed case. 
    And for those of you coming from the Pomfret, Brooklyn, and southern Woodstock area, Pomfret Spirits in Pomfret Center just before the Vanilla Bean on route 169 is highly recommended for especially inexpensive French reds and roses. Their Cicada, a Languedoc red wine, is probably their best value right now along with their different Provence roses.

Well, the French do drink beer as refreshment, but rarely with a dinner, sometimes with a quick lunch, and cab drivers for breakfast. However, in our beer culture and the rage of certain beers, it is being produced better than ever in our area (can you say Tree House?) and can provide a different taste and change. Enough said.

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