Nadia Pavlevska is Darren’s in-house sommelier, responsible for all things wine-related, including building the restaurant’s boutique selection of international wines. Her passion for wine is infectious, and she can frequently be found offering pairing suggestions, recommending wineries to visit, and sharing her love for the art and craft of wine with the restaurant’s many patrons.
Nadia’s interest in wines began in her youth in her native Bulgaria, a region that was once one of the world’s largest wine producers. Education eventually brought her to California, where she fell in love with the state’s food and wine culture, and was recruited by Darren’s General Manager Bart Thompson to help build the restaurant’s wine list. She describes working at Darren’s as being part of a family, both for the small, tight-knit staff, and the steady crowd of regulars and repeat customers, many of whom she considers close friends.
Nadia recently became a Certified Sommelier (CS) with the Court of Master Sommeliers, a title she earned after passing an exacting three-part examination, which included blind tastings, a written theoretical section, and a practical service exam. Nadia is also a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) with the American Society of Wine Educators, a Certified International Etiquette and Business Protocol Consultant with the Washington School of Protocol, and a member of the Guild of Master Sommeliers. She uses this wealth of knowledge daily in her duties at Darren’s, educating servers and guests alike on the intricacies of each variety.