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Secrets of the Sommeliers

How to Think and Drink Like the World's Top Wine Professionals

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A fascinating exploration of the inside world of sommeliers, sharing their unique perspectives, extensive expertise, and best stories.

Rajat Parr’s profound knowledge of wines, deep relationships with producers, and renowned 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

From the Hardcover edition.

Customer Reviews

Great insight!

I was really pleased to get an inside look into the life of a sommelier in a large city. I have studied deductive tasting and need to get around more people like the sommelier's in this book. Rajat has a way with words when describing aromas, flavors, and textures. Whether you're in the wine business or just an oenophile, this is a must buy!

Secrets of the Sommeliers

A fantastic book for anyone trying to gain a broad and detailed understanding of wine. This book will serve well as a reference and travel companion. Above all, this book teaches you to appreciate that great wine and great food go together, and Rajat Parr and his colleagues have done a superb job of educating.

Secrets of the Sommeliers

A fantastic overview of this noble profession. Parr gives an insider's look behind the curtain of professional wine service and a great method to the approach and enjoyment of fine wine. One of those rare books that can educate and entertain both professionals and the novice.
Highly recommended!

Secrets of the Sommeliers
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  • $14.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Beverages
  • Published: Oct 19, 2010
  • Publisher: Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 240 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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