Judging by the poll numbers, VinoDivino had the strongest showing, netting 49 percent of the 700 votes in the poll. This put them more than 100 votes ahead of second place and far ahead of Baystate Foods, the third-place competitor.
However, poll numbers are not the only factor in selecting the Best Of Winner. Reviews are key, and made judging the winner all that more difficult. First place in reviews went to scrappy newcomers, TerraVino, with a tie for second place going to VinoDivino and Brookline Fine Wine & Gourmet.
This puts Brookline's Best Of Patch Reader's Choice poll at a tie for first. In an ideal world, everyone gets a certificate--but we only have one to give away. So, to break the tie, we tallied up the comments left below the Liquor Poll article. Twelve comments to six between the two finalists, and the winner is...
TerraVino joins the rest of the Winner's Circle, where we have Marathon Sports, the best sporting goods store in town; best tax prep, Doug Musrstein CPA; the best kids menu in town at Dorado Tacos & Cemitas; St. Patrick's Day spot Matt Murphy's Pub; Trust Center for Early Education (TCEE) with best pre-school/day care in Brookline; and Paris Creperie home of the best smoothie.
Disappointed VinoDivino fans, the news is still good: while their Brookline store came in a close second, they are still getting some love from Patch for their Newton store, which beat out Urban Grape in their poll!
Come back later today to nominate your favorite flower stores for next week's poll.