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Rajat Parr

The Grape Nation

What can I say about Raj Parr that hasn’t been said before, Raj is the greatest uncertified Sommelier in the world with the most revered palate. His career in hospitality spans the Fifth Floor, the Michael Mina Group including RN74 and his Bibi Ji. He is the award-winning author of “Secrets of Sommeliers and most recently, “The Sommelier’s Atlas of Wine” Raj is the founding partner, proprietor and winemaker at Sandhi, Evening Land and Domaine de la Cote. Raj just got his ass out of Santa Barbara and moved to Cambria to his own bio-diverse Phelan Farm.Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network. Support The Grape Nation by becoming a member!The Grape Nation is Powered by Simplecast.

1hr 4mins

5 May 2021

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Minimal intervention, a sense of place and interview with winemaker, Rajat Parr.


Minimal intervention, a sense of place and interview with winemaker, Rajat Parr. ON THE ROAD with Chuck Cramer is about California’s cool, aspirational lifestyle and awesome wines hosted by Chuck Cramer, a California native, living in London and is the Director of European sales & marketing, Terlato Wines. This is a wine journey covering the hottest topics in the business of wine, chatting along the way with the experts in the world of wine who make it all happen. This week’s episode includes an interview with Rajat Parr.


15 Apr 2021

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Episode 5 - Rajat Parr

The Fine Line Podcast: Balancing Hedonism & Health

Raj Parr is a sommelier turned winemaker, who oversaw the wine program of the Michael Mina restaurant group in San Francisco before starting his own wineries. He now has three projects - Evening Land Vineyards in Oregon, and Sandhi and Domaine de la Côte in Santa Barbara with his business partner, Sashi Moorman. He produces mainly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, grown biodynamically and organically. We talk to Raj about growing up in Calcutta and how his upbringing formed how he eats and approaches food today. We hear about his journey to move to America to learn to cook, and then his meteoric rise as one of the world’s top sommeliers and wine professionals. Raj discusses his own health journey, and how an injury forced him to reassess his diet and go back to his roots. We also talk about organic and biodynamic viticulture and how that approach has changed how he drinks, as well as how he makes his own wines. Raj has also written two groundbreaking books - Secrets of the Sommeliers: How to Think and Drink Like the World's Top Wine Professionals and The Sommelier's Atlas of Taste: A Field Guide to the Great Wines of Europe. Show Notes:  -Daniel Johnnes -Larry Stone -CIA Hyde Park -Michael Mina Group -Evening Land Vineyards -Sandhi Winery -Domaine de la Cote  -Jordan Mackay  -Secrets of the Sommeliers: How to Think and Drink Like the World's Top Wine Professionals -The Sommelier’s Atlas of Taste @rajatparr Sponsored Promotions: 15% off ECFit Strength with code FINELINE15--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/finelinepodcast/support


16 Nov 2020

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Episode 35: SOMM TV Podcast: Rajat Parr


Jason Wise sits down with Rajat Parr to discuss this year’s harvest (recorded last week, prior to the new fires), making money in the wine business, natural wine, SOMM 3, Domaine de la Côte, and more.


4 Oct 2020

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3. Rajat Parr: Journey Into Winemaking

On The Pass

Co-founder of Domaine de la Côte, three-time James Beard Award winner and one of the world’s foremost experts on wine, Rajat Parr discusses his journey into wine, the importance of mentorship and his current projects. For more info on Rajat Parr and the Raj Parr Wine Club: http://sandhiwines.com https://www.rajparrwineclub.com


28 Mar 2020

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Covid-19 Conversations: Rajat Parr on Winemaking in a Time of Crisis

VinePair Podcast

Zach speaks with Rajat Parr, acclaimed sommelier, winemaker at Sandhi, Domaine de la Côte, and Evening Land, as well as the author of The Sommelier's Atlas of Taste and Secrets of the Sommelier, about how winery work is proceding during lockdown and what wines and books he's catching up on. If you have suggestions for future conversations, please send them to podcast@vinepair.com, and remember to rate and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for listening, and be well. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


26 Mar 2020

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Rajat Parr and Gavin Chanin

The Wine World

We talk about the differences in how they came to wine, about their views on winemaking and a bit about their market position - and also about they came to know each other.  We also talk about the threat of imposing an import tax on European wines in the US and how it will effect the American market. Chanin and Parr also share some of their view on what they think the future will hold share some of their favourite wine areas. 


21 Feb 2020

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The Color of Wine Presents: Rajat Parr

The Color of Wine Podcast

In this episode we had the pleasure of speaking with Rajat Parr.  We speak to Rajat about:  Mentorship Chardonnay and Gamay Santa Barbara County And so much more…………… Rajat’s Bio Partner/Proprietor, Sandhi, Domaine de la Côte; Evening Land Vineyards  Co-founder of Domaine de la Côte, Rajat is a three-time James Beard Award winner and regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on wine.   A trained chef, Rajat grew up in Calcutta, India, before journeying to the United States where he graduated from the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park. It was at the CIA where his interest in wine took hold. After graduation, Rajat chose to pursue the cellar instead of the kitchen, venturing to San Francisco to join the staff of Rubicon, the renowned wine-focused restaurant of Master Sommelier Larry Stone. Rajat quickly rose in the ranks, becoming a protégé of Stone. Here he honed his wine knowledge and tasting skills, while beginning a career that would see him become one the world’s most celebrated sommeliers.  Raj eventually left Rubicon to take over the wine program at San Francisco’s landmark Fifth Floor restaurant before moving to join chef Michael Mina as wine director of that chef’s eponymous restaurant. The Mina Group would eventually spawn over 20 restaurants across the country, wine programs all overseen by Rajat. During this period winemaking began to evermore capture his imagination.  Eternally fascinated not just with the taste of wine, but the question of why it tastes the way it does, Rajat not only frequently traveled to European wine regions; he also made use of his proximity to California wine country, becoming close with several of California’s top winemakers. This ultimately translated into bottling his own wines. At first these were blends selected from wines produced by others, but in short time Raj became more deeply involved—calling picking times, overseeing fermentations, etc. As vineyards and winemaking became ever more an obsession, Raj made the transition from sommelier to producer.  During this period, he became closer to Santa Barbara County winemaker Sashi Moorman, as they found mutual interest in pushing the boundaries of California wine, every vintage seeing how much earlier they could harvest to achieve more balanced alcohols, racier acidity, and purer flavors. In 2011, Rajat and Sashi launched Sandhi, producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from select vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills.  In 2013, they released wines from his new estate vineyard, Domaine de la Côte, located on the westernmost edge of the Sta. Rita Hills. Most recently, in early 2014, Rajat and Sashi took over the historic and acclaimed Seven Springs Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills of Oregon.  Beyond his wineries, today Raj has also co-authored the James-Beard-Award winning book Secrets of the Sommeliers (with Jordan Mackay), their new book The Atlas of Taste. He also co-founded the trend-setting California non-profit wine group, In Pursuit of Balance. He lives in Santa Barbara, though he can still be found frequently traveling the world speaking, educating, tasting, and obsessively learning. The Last Sip: When you finish your day and sit down with your favorite glass of wine, what is on your music playlist? Bill Evans, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane and Miles Davis  For more information: Social Media:  Instagram: @rajatparr                     @sandhiwines                     @evening_land                     @domaniedelacote Facebook:  @rajatparr Twitter:      @rajatparr https://www.eveninglandvineyards.com/ http://sandhiwines.com/ https://domainedelacote.com/ https://www.rajparrwineclub.com/ https://bibijisb.com/ https://www.amazon.com/Sommeliers-Atlas-Taste-Field-Europe/dp/0399578234 https://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Sommeliers-Think-Worlds-Professionals/dp/158008298X https://www.ciachef.edu/ https://www.michaelmina.net/restaurants/ https://www.linguafranca.wine/People/Larry-Stone

1hr 13mins

12 Apr 2019

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Episode 219: Rajat Parr on his Great Wines Field Guide

In the Drink

"This week Joe talks to Rajat Parr who is an acclaimed sommelier, winemaker and author...so there’s plenty talk about. Especially Rajat’s hotly anticipated book 'The Sommelier’s Atlas of Taste: A Field Guide to the Great Wines of Europe'. The book, described as “the first definitive reference book to describe, region-by-region, how the great wines of Europe should taste” is sure to be an essential guide to aspiring sommeliers, or anyone who just loves great wine. Joe dives in on the making of the book, and all the amazing wines that went into it. " In The Drink is powered by Simplecast.


17 Oct 2018

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Rajat Parr, Winemaker & Author

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8 Feb 2018