Waypoint and Other Boston Favorites Honored in Wine Enthusiast
Waypoint can add another trophy to its case: On the heels of honors from Food & Wine and Eater, chef Michael Scelfo’s latest just earned a place on the annual America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants list from Wine Enthusiast magazine. Other Boston-area restaurants on the list are wine go-tos Troquet on South, and Brookline’s Taberna de Haro.
Troquet is by no means new to this list, but this Troquet is. After a move to the Leather District, it’s clearly still doing things right. This year, the editors of Wine Enthusiast called Troquet on South a “wine destination,” saying the move gave the 16-year-old standby new energy. No doubt the larger space, deeper wine cellar and bar, and expanded kitchen helped with that.
Taberna de Haro is also a repeat recipient. This year, it’s called out specifically for cool-climate additions, and an ever-growing sherry program (currently at 84 selections), led by chef, owner, and sommelier Deborah Hansen. Taberna de Haro offers more than 300 wines in total, in case sherry isn’t your thing.
Waypoint’s nod acknowledges wine director Jen Fields’ wacky methods for categorizing her wine menu (“Vitamins & Minerals” and “Old Souls” are two notable sections). Fields is also instrumental at chef Michael Scelfo’s flagship, Alden & Harlow, and it’s a safe bet the team will bring this momentum to their newest venture, Longefellow. Taking over the Algiers Café space, it will be their third Harvard Square concept.
“[Cambridge is] very collaborative,” Fields told Wine Enthusiast. “If I go to a place down the street and have a really cool glass or bottle, I’ll talk to them about it.”
Check out the full list of 2017 winners from Wine Enthusiast.