Rising Star Sommelier Tanya McDonough of Straight Wharf - Biography

Nantucket, MA

March 2014

Working at a restaurant in college isn’t a guarantee of a career in the industry, but it helps if you’re working at a restaurant like Radius in Boston, where Tanya McDonough started. She bartended, got her first meaningful taste of wine, and discovered a talent for it. So much so that another restaurant tried to poach her to run their wine program.

McDonough, a graduate of Boston University passed the Certified Sommelier Exam through the Guild of Sommeliers, and found herself at Grill 23, where her first mentor, Alex DeWinter, encouraged her passion for Italian varietals. That passion has served her well at Straight Wharf (where she earned a 2014 StarChefs.com Rising Star Sommelier Award) and Ventuno, both restaurants helmed by Rising Star Chef Gabriel Frasca. McDonough now shares her wine enthusiasm and expertise with a savvy customer base while working with chefs who make the best possible use of Nantucket foodstuffs.