The Sommelier Society of America

Sommelier Society Instructor Darrin Siegfried, former SSA President

Darrin Siegfried is a former Executive Chef who began his formal training in wine while he worked as a manager at New York's Windows on the World. Moving to the front of the house, Darrin was Sommelier for Claude Troisgros' Restaurant C.T., which was awarded three stars by the New York Times. Under Darrin's stewardship the restaurant won a 'Best Of' Award from the Wine Spectator, and was awarded the first-ever Award for Overall Wine and Wine Service Excellence by the Wine Enthusiast.

Darrin has served as President of the Sommelier Society of America, and wrote the curriculum for our Wine Captains Course, a twenty-three week course approved by the Association de la Sommelierie Internationelle , the world body of wine professionals. In the role of Education Director, Darrin has personally trained over three hundred wine captains, many of them holding the most prestigious positions in the nation's finest restaurants.

In 1995, Darrin Siegfried was selected as a team member to represent the United States at the Concours Mondial de les Sommelieres , the worldwide 'Olympics' for Sommeliers held every three years. This was only the third time the U.S. was able to raise a team of sufficient qualifications to compete in this prestigious event. Darrin has been featured several times in New York and national publications for his accomplishments.

Darrin is Wine and Spirits Editor for Chef Ashbell's FoodStop.com, the Internet food and wine magazine named one of the top ten web sites by NetGuide magazine. His article covering the arrival of the Beaujolais Nouveau in 1997 became the most often 'hit' internet wine article of all time.

Darrin has managed several two and three star restaurants in New York, and is currently Wine Director at Cucina, which the Zagat Guide, Time Out Magazine, The Village Voice and New York Press have named the best restaurant in Brooklyn. He is the operating partner of www.redwhiteandbubbly.com , a wine and spirits store in Park Slope. He is a spirited, informative and entertaining speaker, and has conducted wine tastings and educational seminars for numerous wineries.

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