F&B Magazine : Featured Sommelier ~ Darren Scott

Darren Scott of Red Room Lounge in Austin as a featured sommelier

darren-scottLos Angeles native Darren Scott moved from city to city throughout his early years and received the majority of his wine training in New York. With over six years in the industry, Scott’s resume and knowledge make him one of the best in the business.

darren-scott-headshotAfter receiving his Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy from the University of Texas and Masters of Arts in Humanities from the University of Chicago, Scott found himself teaching language arts and writing, giving him a greater understanding of how to communicate with the masses. It was during this time that Scott’s love for wine was solidified.

In 2010, Scott moved to New York City and became fascinated by the wine culture and specialty shops, leading to his first job in the industry at Sip Fine Wine in Brooklyn. Scott began as a sales associate and quickly climbed the ladder to become a consultant at Morrell and Company where he eventually became the brand’s sommelier. From 2012-2014, Scott proudly served as the sommelier at Michelin-starred Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca from Chef Mario Batali and famed restaurateur Joseph Bastianich.

Scott found himself back in Austin two years ago, where he took the position as beverage manager and lead sommelier at the former laV Restaurant & Wine Bar. His vast knowledge gained over the course of his career, in addition to his deep passion for understanding the culture of wine, makes Scott a remarkable fit for The Red Room Lounge.

At The Red Room Lounge and Estate Wine Brokers, Scott handles day-to-day operations, buying and selling wine and educating his team about their extensive wine list.