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Massachusetts is not necessarily a wine lover’s paradise, OpenTable restaurant survey suggests

When it comes to restaurants with swell wine lists, Massachusetts may be taking a back seat to Maryland, Texas, and New Jersey (Exit 8 chardonnay, anyone?).

That’s one conclusion that can be drawn from a new list from OpenTable, a California company that helps consumers make restaurant reservations online. OpenTable said it sifted through more than 5 million reviews submitted by OpenTable users to devise the “2012 Diners’ Choice Award Winners for the Top 100 Restaurants With the Most Notable Wine Lists in the United States.”

California topped the list with 27 restaurants. Maryland, meanwhile, boasts nine. (Who knew that Baltimore is awash with oenophiles who prefer a blush zinfandel to a carafe of vin ordinaire?)


Farther down the list is Massachusetts. Two Bay State restaurants made the cut. Other states with two restaurants on the list include Tennessee and Nevada.

The two Massachusetts restaurants cited are Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro at the Patriot Place complex in Foxorough. (Presumably, its sommelier would know the perfect wine to pair with a Tom Brady victory.)

Also on the OpenTable list is Troquet in Boston. If you want a nice wine to go with your marinated beet salad or milk-fed veal, the good folks at Troquet can ably help you out, the OpenTable list suggests.

Chris Reidy can be reached at reidy@globe.com.