Nov. 272022

Scott Turnbull, MS

Scott Turnbull originally planned to be a French teacher. After graduating from Penn State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in French, he worked for two years in the Rhône Valley as an Assistant English Teacher at the Lycée Gabriel Faure in Tournon sur Rhone, as well as at the Lycée Hotelier de Tain l’Hermitage. It was at the Lycée Hotelier where he was able to begin learning about wine while helping the sommelier students describe wines in English. After two happy years in France, his visa ran out. Luckily, one of the school’s former students was the Head Sommelier at Le Bec-Fin in Philadelphia, and after a quick letter of introduction, Scott was able to trade the classroom for the cellar. Two years at Le Bec-Fin were followed by Head Sommelier roles at Seeger’s in Atlanta, then back to Philadelphia to Striped Bass and then the Fountain Restaurant at the Four Seasons Philadelphia. In 2012, California came calling, and so he moved west to take over the program at Solage Calistoga, before joining the team at the Restaurant in Meadowood in 2018. After the 2020 fires claimed the Restaurant, he joined Winebow in early 2021.
He is a Certified Wine Educator from the Society of Wine Educators, (in addition to being a Certified Specialist of Wine and Certified Specialist of Spirits), and recently achieved the title of Master Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers – Americas in August of 2022.

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