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Paula de Pano

Fearrington's Beverage & Service Director

Paula de Pano

Paula De Pano pairs an enduring passion for providing hospitality with deep expertise in the wine industry to create an unforgettable experience for her guests.

Since 2016, she’s led a talented team of beverage professionals at the Fearrington House Restaurant. As the restaurant’s Beverage & Service Director, she oversees a multi-awarded wine list featuring more than 1,500 unique labels. The program has garnered three stars since 2015 from The World of Fine Wine, the beverage industry’s equivalent of Michelin stars, and its coveted Jury Prize for the Top 100 wine lists in the world since 2017. The restaurant wine list has held the Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine since 2004.

Her love of wine was cultivated as a student at The Culinary Institute of America under the tutelage of James Beard Award-Winning Wine Writer and Educator, Michael Weiss, CWE. After graduating from the CIA in 2010, Paula joined The Fearrington House Restaurant as an Assistant Sommelier to former Wine Director Maximilian Kast. She earned the Advanced Sommelier distinction from The Court of Master Sommeliers in 2013. The same year, she obtained the Advanced Sommelier Level III with Distinction from the Wines and Spirits Educational Trust (WSET).

In 2014, Paula moved to New York City to join the sommelier team at Eleven Madison Park. During her time serving under Dustin Wilson, MS, the restaurant was voted Best Restaurant in North America and the #3 Restaurant in the World, along with the inaugural Ferrari Trento Art of Hospitality Award by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Committee. The iconic New York restaurant was also re-awarded four stars from the New York Times, and the only restaurant to win the James Beard Foundation’s Outstanding Restaurant service award twice.

A devoted “bubble-head,” Paula’s love of Champagne was rewarded when she won the Ruinart Challenge in 2017. Her love of wine always dictates her travel destination and vacation plans, which frequently introduces her to new vignerons and wines to share with her guests back at home.