Theresa Paopao

Sommelier
Theresa Paopao

Boston

About Theresa Paopao

Advanced Sommelier Theresa Paopao hails from the small town of Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii. She left paradise to pursue a graduate degree at the Yale School of Drama, then moved to Boston where she fell in love with the restaurant business and the world of wine. Paopao originally joined the team at Oleana as a manager in 2004, eventually earning the position of wine director. After six years at Oleana, Paopao moved to New York City to join David Chang’s Momofuku as the head wine director; she later opened Momofuku Toronto, serving as beverage director. Paopao returned to Boston in 2013, opening the now-shuttered Ribelle with fellow Momofoku alumni, chef Tim Maslow. In 2016, Paopao joined the team at Asta in Boston, and in the summer of 2018, she reclaimed her title of Wine Director at Oleana. Since 2011, Paopao has been honored to serve as a judge for Decanter Magazine’s annual World Wine Awards held in London.

At My Venues

Spinach falafel
$$$, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Full Bar, Mediterranean, Turkish, The Port
"Having falafel with beet yogurt and tahini sauce at Oleana is a rite of passage. This is one of the best dishes in the city, without question. Ana’s falafel is delicate and divine. The problem is that it is hard to eat just a couple. I could easily eat three orders of it and still want more!"
Sultan's Delight
$$$, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Full Bar, Mediterranean, Turkish, The Port
"This dish is comprised of tamarind beef and a smokey eggplant purée with pine nuts—and has rich flavors that I could never imitate. Ana Sortun is in a class of her own!"
Warm buttered hummus with basturma and tomato
$$$, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Full Bar, Mediterranean, Turkish, The Port
"There are plenty of great options for small plates to pair with some nicely curated wines at the or outside on Boston's best patio when the season is right. The warm buttered hummus should not be missed, and the fried mussels are great, too."