As Sommelier and Wine Director of F. Scott's Restaurant and Jazz Bar, Elise Loehr combines her knowledge of wine and food with a passionate, intelligent vitality.
Considering her encyclopedic knowledge of wines, one might think Loehr planned a career around wine and food from the start. But one would be wrong. Originally, she earned her degree in Biological Psychology from the University of Colorado, then interned at the New England Aquarium in Boston. It was a blossoming wine hobby - and a temporary job in the restaurant industry - that spurred a change of careers. Seduced by the alchemy of flavor, aroma and craft, she began a quest to learn everything possible about the art and business of wine.
Loehr's education led her on extensive travels across the world's great wine regions. She attended some of the wine industry's most challenging programs, including the Advanced School of Service and Hospitality in Napa, California, the advanced level of the Wine and Spirits Educators Trust where she graduated with merit, and the completion of the Court of Master Sommelier's Advanced Exam. Loehr is currently a candidate for the Court's Master Sommelier Diploma, a certification so rigorous only 171 people worldwide have earned the title since its creation in 1969.
When not supervising F. Scott's inventory of wines and spirits Loehr's involved in a wide range of activities. She frequently teaches wine classes at the University School of Nashville, and is a regular member of the Tennessean's tasting panel for its syndicated weekly wine column.
Loehr serves as a frequent guest lecturer at wine seminars, and consults for private and corporate events, including an appearance as guest sommelier at the Ritz Carlton Buckhead's Dining Room, in Atlanta. She's been featured in several magazines and donates her time as sommelier and lecturer for charity events such as Nashville's l'Ete du Vin and the Sandestin Wine Festival in Destin, Florida.