Texas' Best Sommelier

Arro's Scott Ota is named the best sommelier in Texas

Arro's Scott Ota is named the best sommelier in Texas

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Arro's Scott Ota brings the Texas' Best Sommelier award back to Austin. Photo by Kirk Weddle
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Arro's Scott Ota being presented withT exas' Best Sommelier award at the 9th annual TEXSOM. Photo by Kirk Weddle
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Last week, CultureMap reported on the seven Austin sommeliers set to compete for Texas’ Best Sommelier at TEXSOM, the professional wine education conference and sommelier competition. Well, Austin’s own Scott Ota beat out 25 other competitors to come home with the big win. Ota scored a $2,500 scholarship for further wine education courses, as well as the bragging rights as Texas’ Best Sommelier. Not only has Ota nabbed a great coup on his professional sommelier cap, but this week he takes on his new role as manager at the new French-inspired Arro restaurant on West Sixth Street.

“It is such a privilege to earn this honor and to have competed with this class of sommeliers this year. If you want to be the best, you have to play with the best,” said Ota.

The competition also awarded $1,500 to second-place winner Luis la Torre of Spec’s Fine Wines in Dallas and $1,000 to James Watkins of Houston’s Cordua Restaurants for third place.

Ota is the fifth Austin-based sommelier to take home the title. Previous Austin winners include Devon Broglie (Whole Foods Market), June Rodil (Qui), Mark Sayre (Trio), and Bill Elsey (Red Room Lounge). The total five-out-of-nine tally gives the Capital City a clear edge over other Texas towns for its burgeoning league of savvy sommeliers.

Congrats to Scott for the big win and the new gig!