In an era when our country’s wine pros all seem to be clambering for the next new thing, it’s refreshing to know that France’s classics have an unwavering champion: L’Espalier’s Lauren Daddona. The Boston restaurant has been serving up refined, French-inspired dishes since 1978, so she has the benefit of working with a deep cellar that spans decades and a list of over 600 selections that she’s tailored to the food. It’s no secret that they lean French.
“There are definitely bottles here that allow even a seasoned wine geek to find new discoveries,” she says, “but there are so many classics that I love.”
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Her mixed case reads like an All-Star list of the country’s long-revered wines and winemakers. There's a reason they're considered masters. Dadonna tells us why: