Secrets of the Sommeliers: How to Think and Drink Like the World's Top Wine Professionals

Secrets of the Sommeliers: How to Think and Drink Like the World's Top Wine Professionals

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  • Author: RAJAT PARR & JORDAN MACKAY
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Language: English
  • Publication date: 10/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Dimensions: 17 x 25 cm
  • Poids: 1275g
  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN:  9781580082983

The book

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.

The authors

Rajat Parr is the wine director of the Mina Group, developing and managing the wine programs at its 17 restaurants, which include properties in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Miami, Scottsdale, and Atlantic City. His list for Michael Mina, the flagship restaurant, has won multiple Wine Spectator Grand Awards. A native of Calcutta, India, Parr resides in San Francisco.

Jordan Mackay is a James-Beard-award winning writer on wine, spirits and food. His work has appeared in Food & WineThe New York TimesLos Angeles TimesSan Francisco ChronicleDecanterThe Art of EatingWine and Spirits, and many others. His first book, Passion for Pinot, was published in 2009, and his second, Secrets of the Sommeliers (with Rajat Parr), was released in October 2010, winning a James Beard award in 2011. Two in the Kitchen was published in 2012. Franklin Barbecue (with Aaron Franklin) was released in April, 2015 and spent many weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list. Knife, written with chef John Tesar, was released in May 2017 by Flatiron Press. His new book is The Sommelier’s Atlas of Taste, again with Parr, while Franklin Steak comes out Spring of 2018. Jordan lives in Napa Valley and travels extensively, speaking about wine, spirits and food.