Rajat Parr

World-renowned wine expert Rajat Parr is a sommelier, winemaker, and co-founder of Sandhi, Domaine de la Côte, and Evening Land Vineyards. He co-authored two books on wine, the James Beard Award-winning Secrets of the Sommeliers (2010) and the André Simon Drink Book Award-winning The Atlas of Taste (2018). Parr has demonstrated his unparalleled scent memory with appearances in such wine documentaries as SOMM, SOMM3, Cellar Stories, and Blind Tasting Sessions. 


Calcutta-born Rajat Parr trained to be a chef at the Culinary Institute of America, where he first became fascinated with wine. Upon graduation, he journeyed to San Francisco intent on landing a position at Rubicon and apprenticing under the restaurant’s celebrated sommelier Larry Stone. Within three years Parr was appointed sommelier of Fifth Floor and later wine director of all of the Michael Mina Group restaurants throughout the country. He won the James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional in 2010. As Parr’s interest in production grew, he partnered with Santa Barbara winemaker Sashi Moorman to launch Sandhi Vineyards in 2011. Their focus is on producing wines with minimal intervention with organically grown grapes.


Rajat Parr graduated from the Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration in India and the Culinary Institute of America.

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