Food & Drink


2014 Winner: Theresa Paopao at Ribelle

Photo Credit: Katie Noble


Tim Maslow’s acclaimed, wildly creative Italian restaurant has a secret weapon in its sommelier, recruited from his days at Momofuku. Paopao is on a mission to inveigle customers down unlikely paths, like exploring the terra incognita of Austrian reds (Blaufränkisch grape, anyone?), or wheedling Sideways fans into giving California merlots another go. Our favorite Paopao gambit: listing by-the-glass options only with evocative descriptions of each wine’s style, not its vintner or varietal. That’s a trust fall every Ribelle customer should willingly take.


1665 Beacon St., Brookline • (617) 232-2322

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