Best Sommelier: Scott Barber of Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

Scott Barber of Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

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In less than two years, Barber, a former art dealer, has taken his “wine hobby” and turned it into an enviable career, winning 2008’s Best Sommelier in Texas. Barber, 40, worked at Stephan Pyles and spent three months at The French Laundry in Napa before landing the coveted spot at the Mansion. He operates on a single premise: the right bottle of wine for the right meal. “If it makes the food taste better, it’s the right pairing,” he says. “I’m not going go to sell an expensive bottle of wine if it doesn’t make the food taste better. Then it becomes a bad bottle of wine.”