Cooking Chat reviews the South End Tour

Cooking Chat reviews the South End Tour

David from the popular blog Cooking Chat took our South End Boston Wine Tour and reviewed us on his site. Check out our excerpt below or read on his blog and get a discount code when you do!

I’d heard good things about about City Wine Tours a few times, but hadn’t had the chance to go on one of their tours yet. So when Holly reached out about a blogger partnership opportunity with the tour program, I was all for it. I liked the idea of being able to offer Cooking Chat readers a discount on the tour, but of course, needed to check it out first and make sure the experience is something I would recommend. We had a great time on our wine tour of Boston’s South End yesterday, so now it’s time to tell you about it.

City Wine Tours are offered in 5 Boston area neighborhoods as well as 2 in New York City (SoHo and West Village). So our first step was to choose which one to do in Boston, with the choices being the South End, Back Bay, North End, Harvard Square (bubbly!), and a new one in Somerville’s Assembly Square. It wasn’t an easy choice, but I perused the restaurants included and decided to give the South End a try. I liked the sound of the spots visited and sample pairings, and we don’t get out in the South End much so it was a chance to give it a try.


We set out for the three o’clock tour at the South End starting point, Gaslight Brasserie. We pulled into the lot where free parking is available with validation from Gaslight–that’s right folks, free parking in Boston! I’m going to give the details of our tour to illustrate the experience, but be sure to check out the City Wine Tours website to get all the current particulars of the tour you are choosing.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by John Fiola, the friendly Wine Ambassador who would be leading our tour. A section of the Gaslight Brasserie bar was reserved for the tour group; Jodi and I grabbed a table top for two. A very cool bar, by the way; made from one huge piece of zinc.

John warmed up the group with a fun ice breaker, asking us to introduce ourselves along with the most recent glass of wine we’d had along with the first concert we went to. Not surprisingly, Jodi and I were the only ones who answered “Lacrima di Morro d’Alba” to the first question. My taste in wine is more interesting than my concert going (Beach Boys was the other answer, if you must know). The ice breaker set a convivial tone for the afternoon, which provided a chance for Jodi and I to chat with the other tour goers as well as enjoying some quality time with each other.