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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Matt McGinnis

As a marketing strategist for Pen & Tell Us, Matt McGinnis provides marketing, branding and communications counsel to food and beverage as well as other clients globally. He is also an avid beverage enthusiast, chronicling his interests as a Food & Drink contributing writer for CultureMap, as the Food & Drink columnist for Austin Man Magazine, and as a blogger for What Are You Drinking?. He is passionate about the wine industry having previously worked at a winery in Oregon and in wine sales. He has served as Guest Host of Sommelier Cinema at the Alamo Drafthouse, and is a Certified Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. His writing has been recognized as a Top 10 Food Blog by the Austin Chronicle in 2013 and 2014, with a 2011 Texas Social Media Award from the Austin American-Statesman.

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