National Drink Wine Day is today, and what better way to celebrate than by hitting up one of Boston’s best wine bars. We’ve got a few places to visit, all of which specialize in sourcing amazing wine paired with a learning experience and a culinary adventure.
haley.henry wine bar is the opposite of pretentious. They’ve got a friendly, knowledgeable and super helpful staff to help you choose the right wine to enjoy. The small restaurant is filled with interesting conversation pieces like little painted coffins and corkscrews from the staff’s favorite bottles. Owner Haley Fortier sources many small-batched wines and her spot was recently nominated as a 2019 James Beard’s semi-finalist for an “Outstanding Wine Program.” On the menu you’ll find primarily small plates like marinated olives, prime rib sliders, and housemade pickles. You can also dig into a variety of charcuterie options, toasts, ceviche, and tin fish.
Nathalie, located just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Fenway Park offers a great selection of natural wines. This woman-owned wine bar focuses on natural, small productions wines and wines grown or produced by women. The interior of this restaurant is a bit moody, but with plenty of natural light to compliment the decor. Nathalie just so happens to be owned by Haley Fortier too, so it’s safe to say there’s plenty of education behind the spot. The team takes pride in their revolving door list of wines from around the globe. Not ready to commit to a whole bottle? Explore their “half bottle” concept to learn about what you really enjoy in a wine.
Despite a recent change in ownership a couple years ago, Somerville’s Spoke Wine Bar is still a fan favorite. It’s known for not only wine, but amazing food and innovative craft cocktails. The wine list is always super interesting; don’t be surprised if you look at the menu and really aren’t sure where to spot. But no fear, the staff is incredibly educated on all things wine and will help you along your way. They’re fantastic about letting you try samples so you get a glass that’s right up your alley. As for food, expect small dishes with plenty of vegetarian-friendly options.
Jen Scott and Chris Hsi are the duo behind Taste Wine Bar & Kitchen and Common Vines Wine Shop. After a decade into their corporate years, they decided to roll with something they were more passionate about: wine. In addition to being both a wine bar and restaurant, Taste also hosts a variety of tastings and classes. Throughout the month, challenge yourself to trivia nights and blind tastings with other wine professionals. Taste has a classy but warm atmosphere with a friendly team. They’ve got a large, trendy menu with everything from charcutiere, cheese, toasts, and salads to more full dishes like roast chicken and pasta.
Right inside Bow Market in Union Square, Somerville sits Rebel Rebel. This natural wine wine bar is a great place to attend classes, tastings, and wine dinners in collaboration with some of our talented Boston chefs. Rebel Rebel refers to their cool and cozy space as a “no-rules natural wine bar”. They believe that wine brings us back to the foundations of our connection to farms, to women, and to the planet. They’re super supportive of artists and local organizations too. While they don’t serve food, you can bring in food from the other vendors at Bow Market.