Scott was born the oldest of eight siblings into a family of weekend farmers in Utah.
Upon graduation from the University of Utah, Scott moved to Tokyo to work in marketing with a start-up that created language-learning software for Apple computers. It was during many nights of hard drinking in Tokyo nightclubs that Scott first came to realize the beauty of a fine wine. It started with a friend of his offering him a glass of 1971 Chateau Latour. One sip was all it took. From then on he studied and drank wine with a singular focus.
Something must have taken root during the early farming experiences that compelled Scott and family to move in 2001 to Napa to become President of Koves-Newlan Vineyards and Winery. During his tenure, through a calamitous set of circumstances, Scott simultaneously took on the roles of President, Winemaker and Cellarmaster for a couple of years. With the 2008 vintage the winery changed names and Scott became President of Silenus Winery.
Scott, his wife Yuko and their two daughters still enjoy gardening and living in Napa.