When wine connoisseur friends visit for the holidays, take them to Meritage Restaurant & Wine Bar at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Nicholas Daddona, beverage director for the entire hotel property, is pouring a 2015 Domaine Louis Cheze “Pagus Luminis” Condrieu. “It offers intensity but is not overpowering in weight,” he says of the viognier, crafted from fruit grown in a hillside vineyard located within the prestigious Northern Rhone appellation. There is a level of splurge for everyone: Guests can opt for a glass for $28, a bottle for $112, or get a taste of the aromatic pour as part of a flight — along with a southern Italian white and a Sonoma Coast chardonnay — for $29. The wine pairs harmoniously with a dish crafted by chef de cuisine Keith Bombaugh, called
“Pilgrim Lobster,” in which the crustacean’s claw meat is plated with corn custard and a buttery-bacony griddle cake on the side. Make it a holiday to remember. The pilgrims never ate or drank this well.
Meritage Restaurant & Wine Bar at Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston,