Liam and Tonya Pitts

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Foodie Chap Visits Sommelier And Wine Director Tonya Pitts at One Market

Liam Mayclem
July 20, 2018 - 4:49 pm

(KCBS RADIO) - Tonya Pitts has been in the food and beverage industry for over 20 years. Her career started in St. Louis, Missouri as a host during college. Tonya was very fortunate to be surrounded by nurturing food and wine professionals who realized that she had a palate. Tonya’s Fine Art studies relocated her to the Bay Area and a new chapter was born. 

Tonya’s first job in San Francisco was with Chef Judy Rodgers at Zuni Cafe and Chef Jeremiah Tower at Stars Restaurant as a server. Needless to say, Tonya only paints for fun now. After three years, Tonya was running the wine program for Loretta Keller at Bizou Restaurant. It was with Loretta Keller that Tonya realized her true passion for wine. 

Tonya has worked in many notable houses in the Bay Area and has been featured in Wine & Spirits Magazine, Tasting Panel and numerous news and industry publications. She is also a judge for the San Francisco International Wine Competition and is a tasting panelist for Wine and Spirits Magazine. Tonya is currently pursuing wine studies with the Court of Master Sommeliers and continues to educate herself and others on the world of wine.

Tonya has been an inspiring champion for women in wine showcasing the best wine by some of the world’s most talented winemakers.  ONE MARKET in San Francisco has an impressive list of some 100 wines by women winemakers curated by Tonya - a passion project for sure. Visit the restaurant for an opportunity to delve deep into this massive list of wines, save money too with 50% off bottles of California’s finest through July 31st. The list is very impressive.

Meantime enjoy my wine fueled conversation with one of my favorite women in wine and hospitality Tonya Pitts, wine director at ONE MARKET SF.

Cheers, Liam!


First wine - Pommery, Louise Brut Champagne, Reims 2002
2nd Wine/ Maison Noir Love Drunk, Rose of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2017
3rd Wine- Ristow, Quinta Pedras Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2001

One Market Restaurant
1 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 777-5577