Errol A. Joseph Wine Director
Errol Joseph has become a mainstay in the South Shore restaurant scene, as he has spent the better part of the last fifteen years welcoming guests South of Boston. Errol has been the Wine Director at Tosca Restaurant in Hingham since 2001, and prior was the Maitre d’ at The Barker Tavern in Scituate.
A native of The Berkshires, Errol began his restaurant career as a youngster in the kitchen of the Old Mill Restaurant in South Egremont. Over the next several years, he spent time learning dining room operations at well known establishments including The White Hart Inn in Salisbury, CT and The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge. In was then natural that Errol entered the highly acclaimed hospitality program at The University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he graduated with a BS in 1993. Upon graduation, Errol went back into the kitchen where he was the Sous Chef at Croce’s Restaurant in San Diego, CA.
The East Coast, and the front-the-house, called him back nearly two years later. Errol spent time gaining further experience in the dining rooms at The White Elephant Resort on Nantucket, The Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston, and the former Sheraton Hotel in Plymouth. It was then that he settled on the South Shore.
Every year since Errol has been the Wine Director at Tosca, The Wine Spectator Magazine has recognized the Tosca wine list with its’ “Award of Excellence”. This award demonstrates the commitment that Errol has made to provide guests with both outstanding quality wine and with superior wine service.
Errol travels to and researches winemaking regions often. Past highlights include a trip throughout all of the major districts of Italy, a long weekend at Oregon’s Willamette Valley “Pinot Camp”, and several jaunts to Napa, Sonoma, and Santa Barbara Counties of California. In 2009, Errol was featured in Santé Magazine after spearheading Tosca’s winning campaign in a national wine sales competition. He can also be seen at wine events throughout the region including The Annual Nantucket Wine Festival where he has co-hosted several seminars in recent years.
Since 2006, Errol has been involved in the prestigious Court of Master Sommeliers program. In 2007, he passed the second level exam of the program, earning him Certification within the organization. In 2010, Errol was selected as an Advanced Candidate and he was one of only fifty sommeliers nationwide offered the opportunity to take part in a week long course in Aspen, Colorado. Currently, Errol continues to study for the possible opportunity to sit for the Master Exam. Upon successful completion of this rigorous exam, a candidate is titled ‘Master Sommelier’, the highest international credential for a wine service professional.
Errol resides in Plymouth with his wife and two children.