Saint Helena, California
The love of wine started for Darren many years ago. It was the admiration of the feelings he would get during family gatherings. The events where the whole family was together, smiling and expressing love for one another. One thing would always would stand out as a glue or a catalyst to the family bond, was food and wine. Sure, being Italian and Irish has its downsides; the effortless use of guilt as a manipulation tactic to get what you want or having to be locked in on Sundays away from the outside world because it was “family’s day” Deciding to escape for a few years, he attended the University of Montana. It was the furthest place away from New Jersey that he could imagine. Travels and then Family responsivities occupied most of his life for these years. Taking what seemed at the time to be a serious interest in wine, Darren started collecting wine and spent his free time studying it, his classroom, being the restaurants and fine establishments that his friends were cooking at in New York City. It wasn’t until 2008 after quitting his job with a National Bank and decided to join a dear friend, in what was coined “serious Enology in Brooklyn” that Darren succumbed to the wine habit for real. Darren started as the Cellar Rat and became Assistant Winemaker and General Manager of the Red Hook Winery during the wineries first 6 vintages. Spending another vintage in cellars helping friends in California make and brand some wine the idea of being a part of two coasts started to become reality. Darren joined Failla in 2015 and spends his time on the East Coast spreading the gospel of Failla and its honest wines.