Rajat Parr is a three-time James Beard Award-winning author, sommelier, and winemaker. Born in Calcutta, Rajat credits his uncle in London for first introducing him to great wines. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Hotel Administration, Rajat entered the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, New York. He began his wine career as an apprentice to acclaimed master sommelier, Larry Stone at Rubicon in San Francisco. There, he worked closely with Larry, gaining extensive knowledge of great wines from around the world and developed an affection for the wines of Burgundy.
Raj went on to become wine director for The Mina Group, overseeing the wine programs in each restaurant as the group grew to 25 outposts throughout the world. Parr partnered with Chef Michael Mina, opening RN74 in San Francisco. Raj partnered with Sashi Moorman in 2009, founding Sandhi Wines, a négociant based in the Sta. Rita Hills. Together with Sashi, Parr also oversees Evening Land’s Seven Springs Vineyard in Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills.
Rajat’s profound knowledge of wines, enduring relationships with producers and renowned tasting abilities have made him a legend in the industry.