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A Biography of Erin Scala; Passionate Proponent of New York Craft Beverages! Image

A Biography of Erin Scala; Passionate Proponent of New York Craft Beverages!

Julie Hosbach

Category: Industry

Erin Scala DWS

For the better part of a decade, Erin worked in New York City at several Michelin star restaurants, notably JoJo, PUBLIC, and The Musket Room. In 2014, she returned to her home state of Virginia to run the wine programs at local downtown restaurants. Today, she works with the Common House wine program and since 2017, she's owned In Vino Veritas Fine Wines, a wine retail shop in Keswick, Virginia. 

Erin writes the thinking-drinking wine blog, produces audio essays for the I’ll Drink to That wine podcast, and consults about wine privately and commercially through her company, ThinkBev. Her articles about wine have been published in The Washington Post, Wine & Spirits, Wine & Country Living, Knife & Fork magazine, and The C-Ville Weekly. 

 

Named one of Wine Enthusiast's 40 Under 40 wine professionals to watch, her wine list at Fleurie won a Wine Spectator “Best of Award of Excellence” in 2016 and 2017. Erin received a James Beard Rhône Rangers Travel Study Grant to study Rhône varieties in California in 2016. She competed in the Sommelier Scavenger Hunt held by Wine & Spirits Magazine to find delicious Pinot Noirs in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA in 2017. Her work in wine has been noted in The Washington Post, Wine Spectator, The New York Times, the Piedmont Virginian, Wine Enthusiast, Pen & Knife, and more.

Certified as a Certified Sake Professional, and also with the WSET Diploma of Wines and Spirits, she believes that fermented beverages are a unique and dynamic communion with time and place, and that often the best beverages come from small vineyards, orchards, and breweries using products farmed by passionate families who believe in minimal intervention.