Darin has lived in and around Chicago his whole life, except for a brief stint spent in sunny Boulder, Colorado. He was introduced to old world wines by a friend from Slovenia while attending the University of Illinois. As a result his favorite wine regions are Piedmont and Champagne. Aside from his passion for food, wine, and travel Darin is a Chicago Bears Fan to a fault.

Darin resides in Oak Park, Illinois where he lives with his lovely wife Claire and their two sons Archer and Jack.

Darin joined Novovino in January of 2014.