SPOTLIGHT: Tanya McDonough



Graduated from UNH w. a degree in social work and spanish

2014 Rising Star Sommelier for Coastal New England by Star Chefs

When Tanya McDonough graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in social work and spanish, she never thought a career in wine would be her future. She got her start bartending at Boston’s Radius Restaurant. It was here that Tanya was introduced to tasting and learning about fine wine. Tanya was later asked to take over the wine department at Plaza III Steakhouse in Boston.

After confessing she felt under qualified for the job they sent her to Boston University to study in their wine program for two years. She then went on to work as a wine manager at Grill 23 in Boston. While there, Tanya was encouraged to become a Certified Sommelier through the Guild of Sommeliers. It was here that she fully realized her passion for wine.

This devotion to wine brought her to Nantucket to work as the Wine Director for Straight Wharf and Ventuno Restaurants. Tanya was awarded the 2014 Rising Star Sommelier for Coastal New England by Star Chefs.

Come say hi to Tanya and pick her brain about all things “wine” at ShePartakes Women in Wine on Tuesday, March 29th at 6:30 at BRIX South End. Tickets are available for purchase here.

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