Entrepreneur and Master Somm on a mission to share dynamic wine brands
By the time Des Echavarrie was 30, he’d accomplished more than many sommeliers achieve in a lifetime of service. He won the Chaine des Rotisseurs Best Young Sommelier U.S. competition in 2004 at age 22 and the U.S. Top New Somm competition in 2011. In 2012, after nearly nine years of study and exams, Des became the 197th person to earn the title of Master Sommelier. Des’s love for wine began after college while working at The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale. He secured an apprenticeship under Greg Tresner, MS and knew before he was old enough to legally drink that he would dedicate his life to learning about and sharing great wine. During his career as a sommelier, he earned coveted spots on the wine teams of legendary restaurants.
In 2011, he took a position at The French Laundry and passed the MS exam the following year. After a year spent as senior wine advisor for rare wine merchant Soutirage, Des was ready to work on the producer side of the equation and joined Realm Cellars as Director of Sales in 2014. Successfully managing both wholesale and direct sales at Realm for several years gave Des the experience and confidence to embark on his own entrepreneurial endeavor. He launched Scale Wine Group in August of 2016, with a mission to help small dynamic wineries elevate their brand through wholesale strategy.