Though food was Rajat Parr’s first love, wine became his great passion. Luckily, Parr works in the best of both worlds as wine director for Mina Group and its signature restaurant, MICHAEL MINA, where he presides over a list that comprises wines from all over the world. Parr also presides over the RN74 wine list, a Wine Spectator 2010 Grand Award of Excellence winner.
Parr released his first book, co-authored by Jordan MacKay, in 2010 – “Secrets of the Sommeliers: How to Think and Drink Like the World’s Top Wine Professionals,” a 2011 James Beard Foundation Beverage Book award-winner.
Parr began his career as an apprentice to one of the industry’s most acclaimed master sommeliers, Larry Stone at Rubicon. In 1999, Parr brought his expertise to Fifth Floor in San Francisco, which quickly received rave reviews and the Grand Award from Wine Spectator after only 2 years of its opening.
After earning a bachelors degree from the Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration, Parr entered the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, New York.
Parr’s profound knowledge of wines, enduring relationships with producers and renowned tasting abilities have made him a legend in the business.
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