Scott Ota Wins Texas’ Best Sommelier Competition

Scott Ota Texas Best SommelierThe Jereboam trophy comes back to Austin. Scott Ota, sommelier at Arro, is the fifth Austinite to win the Texas’ Best Sommelier Competition at the 2013 Texas Sommelier Conference (TEXSOM). Scott was one of seven wine professionals from Austin competing in a field of 24 sommeliers from around the state in a grueling test of beverage knowledge, blind tasting and wine service in a fine dining setting.

Ota collected his trophy amid thunderous applause at the TEXSOM grand tasting. Luis La Torre of Spec’s in Dallas scored second place, and James Watkins of the Cordúa Restaurant Group in Houston won third.

This is Ota’s second big award this year, after winning Somms Under Fire in January 2013. The badass is on a roll as he also just landed a sweet sommelier job at Arro, working alongside Craig Collins, MS.

Congratulations to Scott!

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