Sommelier, winemaker, author, mentor, and tastemaker: wine is more than Rajat Parr’s career; it is his window to the world. Born in Calcutta, India, Raj’s first sip of wine came compliments of his uncle, during a visit to London. After attending the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park and winning the coveted Wine Spectator Scholarship, Raj traveled to San Francisco. He studied under Larry Stone at the famed Rubicon restaurant. Raj rose to prominence as sommelier and then beverage director for Michael Mina from 2002 to 2016. In 2015 he won the Beard Foundation’s Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional Award. In 2010, in collaboration with Jordan Mackay, Parr published “Secrets of the Sommeliers,” which won the 2011 James Beard Cookbook Award for Beverage. They are writing a follow-up book “The Atlas of Taste”, due out in 2018. Raj began making wine under his eponymous label Parr Selections in 2004. Together with Sashi Moorman he founded Sandhi and Domaine de la Côte in 2009 and 2011 respectively. In 2014 they took the reins of Oregon’s Evening Land Vineyards.