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.