A fascinating exploration of the inside world of sommeliers, sharing their unique perspectives, extensive expertise, and best stories. Rajat Parr s profound kwledge of wines, deep relationships with producers, and rewned 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
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 Grand Award. 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.