Shipwright’s Daughter in Mystic honored by Wine Enthusiast


A Mystic restaurant is one of Wine Enthusiast’s “Forward 50” for 2022, honoring 50 destinations across the country with unique wine programs.

Shipwright’s Daughter, located at Whaler’s Inn, was the only Connecticut restaurant on Wine Enthusiast’s list.

“The 50 restaurants listed here are simply our favorite restaurants right now that are doing things a little differently – they value commitment and compassionate practices as much as they do innovative, immersive dining experiences,” said explained Wine Enthusiast in the report. “Many blur the lines between formal and casual dining, and between restaurants and wine bars.”

Wine Enthusiast editors praised the “modern, remarkably vibrant New England cuisine with nods to the region’s Mexican and Italian populations” and its extensive wine list that “follows the sustainable ethic and Chef’s Organic” from Shipwright’s Daughter.

A small fish with an unappetizing name, the smelt is transformed into something transcendent by Chef Standridge.

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On its website, the Mystic restaurant notes that the wine list was created with “an emphasis on natural and biodynamic production methods and small independent producers”. The list includes red, white, rosé, orange and sparkling selections from Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Austria, Hungary and the United States.

“It is an honor to be recognized as one of Wine Enthusiast’s 50 Destinations by Wine Enthusiast in the United States,” Kathleen Standridge, Director of Wines, said in a statement. “One of our biggest missions is to create a curated roster that focuses on small, quality producers who aren’t afraid to experiment. We want our guests to feel empowered and inspired by their experience at The Shipwright’s Daughter.”

“By showcasing an ever-changing wine selection and our unique approach of explaining a wine in detail on the menu, we hope we can encourage diners to celebrate great wines they’ve never tried before and , with a little information, become the new favorite,” she said.

More and more national media are acknowledging Mystic’s booming dining scene, with Bloomberg recently naming the seaside village “Summer’s Top Dining Destination.”

Shipwright’s Daughter was also mentioned in the Bloomberg report, with chef David Standridge being recognized for its New England seafood-focused menu. Standridge told Bloomberg he’s seen an increase in people from out of town coming to eat at Mystic, especially former regulars from the Hamptons and Newport, RI.

David and Kathleen Standrigde, Executive Chef and Sommelier and Director of Wines respectively, at Shipwright's Daughter in Mystic on December 29, 2021.

David and Kathleen Standrigde, Executive Chef and Sommelier and Director of Wines respectively, at Shipwright’s Daughter in Mystic on December 29, 2021.

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“They feel there’s an authenticity here at Mystic that’s very appealing,” he said.

Other publications have taken notice of Mystic recently, with Esquire Magazine naming Port of Call one of “America’s Best Bars” in June and the New York Post calling Mystic a “world-class dining destination” in March.

In November, Esquire also named Nana’s Bakery & Pizza one of its “Best New Restaurants in America” ​​and Conde Nast Traveler named the village one of “America’s Seven Small Towns That Are Culinary Destinations.” secrets”.



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