2011 James Beard Award Winner for Beverage
Synopses & Reviews
A fascinating exploration of the inside world of sommeliers, sharing their unique perspectives, extensive expertise, and best stories.
Rajat Parr’s profound knowledge of wines, deep relationships with producers, and renowned tasting abilities have made him a legend in the business. As wine director for the Mina Group, Parr presides over the lists at some of the country’s top restaurants. In Secrets of the Sommeliers, Parr and journalist Jordan Mackay present a fascinating portrait of the world’s top wine professionals and their trade. The authors interviewed the elite of the sommelier community, and their colleagues’ insights, recommendations, and entertaining stories are woven throughout, along with Parr’s own takes on his profession and favorite winemakers and wines. Along the way, the authors give an immersion course in tasting and serving wine; share strategies for securing hard-to-find bottles at a good price and identifying value sweetspots among the many regions; and teach readers how to make inspired food pairings.
Winner - 2011 James Beard Cookbook Award - Beverage Category
"Parr and Jordan open a window onto the workings of a great sommelier's mind....The result is part history lesson, part insider's guide to the best producers and best buys, but, most of all, it's a testament to all the hard work that goes into being a great sommelier." Wine and Spirits
"The best wine book to come across my desk in awhile....This intelligent, understated book is a must for any wine lover, budding or educated." San Francisco Bay Guardian
"Secrets performs the invaluable task of mining not only Parr's brain but also the expertise of many Bay Area sommelierati for a very focused take on how to choose wine, understand a wine list and buy with a savvy eye....It provides an inside track that's so often missing from most buying guides' neutral tone." San Francisco Chronicle
As wine director for the Mina Group, Parr presides over the lists at some of the country's top restaurants. In "Secrets of the Sommeliers," Parr and journalist Mackay present a fascinating portrait of the world's top wine professionals and their trade.
About the Author
Rajat Parr is the wine director of the 17-restaurant Mina Group, which includes properties in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, and Washington, DC. His program at the flagship restaurant in San Francisco holds a Wine Spectator
Jordan MacKay is the wine-and-spirits editor of 7x7 magazine and the author of Passion for Pinot. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times and has written for Food & Wine, Gourmet, and Decanter.