Bristol Bar & Grille’s Master Sommelier

Scott Harper, MS, CWE

Meet Bristol Bar & Grille’s Master Sommelier Scott Harper.

To say he is a wine aficionado would be an understatement. The man lives and breathes wine.  Harper’s love of wine go way back to before he was legally old enough to enjoy a glass. He worked in a restaurant as a teenager with a wine list written entirely in Italian. Growing curious about what the foreign words meant, he bought his first book on wine. Around that time he bought his first book on wine. He quickly became immersed. Harper studied everything from history and geography of wine, to the science behind making it. Most importantly he studied the language.

Bristol Bar & Grille brought Harper on in 1991. He currently serves as vice president. He oversees the award-winning wine programs for all four Bristol Bar & Grille locations. These are in and around Louisville, Ky.

He is a Certified Wine Educator (CWE). It is the highest level of recognition of the Society of Wine Educators. It acknowledges his exceptional standard of academic knowledge. It also proves his sensory capability in the field of wine. Harper became Bristol Bar & Grille Master Sommelier in July 2009 when he passed the fourth level of exams. The Master Sommelier title is considered to be the ultimate professional wine accomplishment. Only about 5% of Master Sommelier candidates pass the final diploma exam.

In an effort to educate and give back, Harper teaches wine courses through Bellarmine University. The Court of Master Sommeliers selected Harper for its Mariani Wine Enrichment program in Italy. He is a member of the Society of Wine Educators. The Wine Scholar Guild licensed Harper to teach the curriculum of the French Wine Academy. He writes about wine for Sophisticated Living and Food and Dining magazines. Harper is also a recipient of the Banfi Award. It is given for passing his CWE exam on the first sitting, with the highest score.

At home, Scott likes to spend time with his wife and three dogs.